Home decoration doesn’t need too many rules. But there are some clear guidelines it’s worth bearing in mind if you want to make the most of the occasion and avoid some major mishaps. Whether you’re going for a complete upheaval and design renovation, or just looking for a fresh coat of paint and to put up new season photo frames and home accessories, let’s get your home decor doing the job it needs to do.

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First off, DO leave enough budget for decent lighting. It may be tempting to think you can save money by just re-purposing an existing lamp, but sometimes adding more light, or creating subtle lighting makes all the difference.

DON’T ignore key architectural features in your room. An archway, exposed beams, a picture window or a fireplace are absolute gifts for home decoration. Give them the pride of place they deserve in your room design.

DO create a visual and textural flow from one room to the next, rather than a stop/start of unmatched colour clashes. The spacious feeling of your living areas will benefit from an all-round design that comes together aesthetically when you move from one room to the next. Linking rooms together by using a key colour can be a good way to maintain this flow and this can be done in decorative pieces like coloured wall clocks.

DON’T squash the furniture in. It’s well worth leaving space behind chairs and even taking out a chair if it leaves the room feeling cluttered. Practicalities are one thing, but spacious rooms generally make for less stressful occupants.

DO pay attention to the beautiful details on designer pieces. When you’re shopping around, it's those details that can make all the difference. If you have a look that can tie in your picture frames with say, your curtain rail, it’ll really help the overall feel.

DON’T overkill! It might be tempting to splurge on a mass of cheaper items to give your room a new look for the season, but instead of cluttering, why not pick one or two qualities pieces that will really set off the room's ambience and be something you’ll want to keep for the future.

Those are just a few do’s and don’ts for home decor. Break the rules if you need to - it’s your room after all - but make sure you have good reasons, even if it’s just a gut feeling.

Oh, and a last do - DO have fun redecorating!