Design Tips


Beautiful fireplace Studio Lea Home

transforming a fireplace

There are many affordable ways to transform a fireplace. You can pick up fire surrounds second hand online which can be painted for a refresh. To add character you can tile the hearth or back panel; we've used sheets of mosaic tiles on the back panel.

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Wall panelling

Wall panelling has become really popular recently. There are several designs you can create yourself without spending a fortune. We have used astragal moulding for the squares and an MDF softwood dado rail for above, we then painted it to match the wall.

Styling a room

Add interest to a room by displaying your items in a collective way. You could change your theme with the change of the seasons, for example pumkins grouped together throughout Autumn or a pretty dish of baubles during the festive season.

Old Edwardian Stairs

Updating a staircase - Before

This is an original Edwardian staircase which was in need of a little TLC! Firstly we sanded down the steps and removed the carpet grippers.

Restored Edwardian Stairs Studio Lea Home

Updating a staircase - After

We painted the staircase using a white wood paint and Farrow and balls 'Pitch Black' wood paint. We had a carpet runner made for the stairs and fitted gold stair rods to add character.

Beautiful bathroom Studio Lea Home

Creating a stained glass effect

Add colour and pattern to a plain window by using a stained glass effect vinyl or decal stickers. They usually come in rolls that you can cut to size.

Kitchen shelves Studio Lea Home

Use open shelving instead of cabinets

Instead of filling your kitchen with wall cupboards that you don't really need, leave a space to create on open shelving display. You can style this in different ways and get creative with it. Open shelving will also give the impression of a wider room.

Downstairs WC ideas - Studio Lea Home

Wall lighting

Wall lights are great for creating symmetry or framing a space. They can be used in small spaces to create a cosy feel and in hallways or landing areas to light up the walk way.