Style’s what you make it
DON’T pick up another paintbrush until you read these top 10 secrets from a top interior designer.
An eclectic mix is much more exciting. Create a ‘‘story’’ by placing items together that might be different styles but have something about them that is similar: a touch of gold paint in the detail, for example, is enough to tie pieces together.
When you’re talking decor and accessories, big is generally better. A few carefully selected large-scale items make a room seem larger.
The new fashion is for oversized table lamps, stylish pendant lights, and wall sconces. Always choose warm bulbs, and in lamps a low wattage is best. Harsh, flat lighting will make living areas seem uninviting.
Smart and stylish, you can’t beat fresh white bedlinen and towels. Far from impractical, they are easy to bleach when necessary and always look crisp.
Accessories help to give your home character: things like rugs, artwork, trays and candles will all make a designer statement. Mix and match textures and fabrics; display collections of favourite finds.
Wallpaper looks brilliant in small spaces: an entry foyer, hallway – even on the ceiling. Don’t just stick to patterned wallpaper; textured wallpaper can look really fabulous, too.
Use an insert a couple of inches larger than the size of your cushion cover for plump-looking cushions. Similarly, curtains that are two or two-and-a-half times wider than the window or opening will look much fuller.
Investing in a few big-ticket items will always make a home look richer and more luxurious.
Decorating choices don’t have to be forever. Your decorating style will evolve over time, and you’ll learn what does and doesn’t work.
Draw up a rough floor plan of a different arrangement to help you to visualise the space in another way. Sometimes moving furniture a few inches out from the wall can give a more sophisticated look.
Petal power: Little touches make a difference.