‘Look like an interior designer!’ Whinnie Williams’ ‘simple trick’ to refresh your home

Whinnie Williams features in B&Q Changemakers promo

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Interior designer and self-professed DIY Queen Whinnie Williams spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about her role as a B&Q changemaker while sharing some of her simple yet effective decorating hacks. Whinnie, who founded interiors brand Poodle & Blonde in 2018, will be making over an “unloved” room in her house using B&Q’s new furniture range, lighting and paint to inspire Britons to transform their spaces. B&Q, the UK’s leading home improvement retailer, recently revealed that a whopping 78 percent of Britons would like to repurpose their space following a shift in how we use our homes.

A survey of 2,000 adults found that 70 per cent have chosen to change the way they use their space at home with spaces being transformed into everything from guest bedrooms to home gyms.

Starting a home renovation or implementing a major change to your home can be daunting.

So where do you start when you’re looking to repurpose a room?

Whinnie said it can seem “overwhelming” at times, especially if you’re browsing sites like Pinterest.

However, she said Britons should start by finding what they “really love”.

She said: “I think it’s easy to go on Pinterest and think ‘oh I can’t do that’ or ‘I can’t recreate that’.

“But actually, find what you really love. I always say start with what makes you really excited.

“If you’ve got a favourite bar that you love… think, why do you love that?

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“Go on Pinterest – what do you love about these different inspirations? Or be inspired by your favourite film.

“Then, I think it’s about working out those things you really love in the space, and then trying to make your own version.”

Interior trends often come and go, with panelling and boucle furniture being a massive hit this year.

If you’re looking for a “simple trick” to change up your home, Whinnie suggested focussing on your ceiling.

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She said: “For me, the simplest trick is painting ceilings.

“People paint the walls, buy a sofa and all this furniture and then you’ve got a white ceiling.

“I think to paint your ceiling a bold colour – you instantly look like an interior designer.

“That would be my top tip – paint or paper your ceiling.”

An cheaper way to change up your home is to simply move around what you already have.

Rather than buying new, Whinnie suggested simply “re-jigging” your furniture.

She added: “You could love your room but you just want a little refresh.

“I love a feature wall. If you just want to spruce up your room a little bit, get some wallpaper and you can do minor things.

“Even just re-jigging your furniture. If you’ve been in your living room for the last year bored, move some bits around, get some new cushions an that’s instantly a cheap way to make it feel new.”

As part of the #BandQChangemaker campaign, Whinnie Williams is helping the nation to Choose Change and empowering them to create the space that they want in their home.

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