Design expert issues advice to DIY enthusiasts

Design expert issues advice to DIY enthusiastsAn interior design expert has advised DIY Britons to visit high-end showrooms to get inspiration for their own homes.

Linda Barker, a spokesperson for Ideal Homes, explained that consumers should visit the "best showrooms to get the best ideas" and fit their budget around the most desirable design, but without diluting the look.

She said: "You are not going to get exactly the same kind of finish, you might get a veneer wood as opposed to a solid wood but you can get a look that is quite consistent and quite high-end."

In addition, Ms Barker explained that thorough research can help consumers to unearth the best home improvement offers and find a suitable design for their own property.

Ms Barker is perhaps best-known for her appearances on the popular BBC DIY home improvement show Changing Rooms, which was broadcast between 1996 and 2004.

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