Home stylist Sarah has top tips for the perfect Christmas and New Year

Sarah-Jayne Bedford.
Sarah-Jayne Bedford.

Sarah-Jayne Bedford, Home Stylist at Homebase Rugby has tips for a perfect home for Christmas and New Year.

Whether you’re refreshing a room with a new lick of paint ahead of guests arriving for

Christmas or embarking on a large scale refurbishment project for 2016, I can help you

create the look you are after.

As a Homebase Home Stylist and the Homebase Rugby store we know planning for guests

arriving and finishing those last minute jobs can be daunting, so here are my top tips for getting your home ready for Christmas

1. Bring large fir cones into the house for an outdoor feel, holly leaves and berries make great centre pieces, add twinkling lights for that extra Christmas sparkle!

2. Plan ahead - make sure to check ahead of the big day if you have enough dinnerware,

glasses and most importantly chairs - stock up on a few foldaway chairs and

some extra glass to store in the garage just in case those unexpended guests show


3. Keep things cosy in the home with chunky knit cushions and throws, scatter them

over a sofa or bed to add soft textures and warmth to a room.

4. Don’t feel you have to re-paint a whole walls if you have marks on it – tester pots can be a quick solution to tidy up a skirting or scrap on a door.

5. Have a screwdriver handy- when we have guests coming we often forget about that

door that is hanging wonky or a handle that needs replacing. Make sure to do a walk

round your house and tighten screws before someone gets locked in the loo!

For those looking for a more challenging project for the New Year, wallpaper can make a

dramatic difference to how a room feels and looks. See below for my top tips for

wallpapering a room

1. Make sure you have all the tools you need when wallpapering, overalls are great for

keeping your pencil, plumb bob (helps check if your wallpaper is hanging straight)

and scissors to hand.

2. Prep your walls to minimise any defects before wallpapering. A light rub down with

fine sand paper will create a smooth surface to work with.

3. Old Walls? A textured paper is a good way to hide uneven surfaces.

4. Looking to wallpaper a landing or stairwell - Large bold prints work best on larger

surface areas, and walls with high ceilings

5. Always allow for pattern repeats and mishaps by buying an extra roll, this avoids

having to locate the same roll at a later date.

Back ground on Homebase Rugby’s Home Stylists

A two hour home visit from a Homebase Home Stylist costs £50 - during this time they will

talk through what styles, colours, and look you’re after and help by offering ideas and to make recommendations on what would work in your space.

The stylist will also create a

mood-board that lets you visualise your design scheme in your designated room, before you even lift a paintbrush and we have lots of swatches, catalogues and sample books to help

bring your vision to life.