DESIGNING FOR LIFE
John Rocha offers his advice for creating a stylish home
Create a blank canvas first, which you can add to gradually once you’ve seen how the light and the space work. Don’t try to fill your home with too much too fast.
Fashions are constantly changing, and the wallpaper you really love now could be a pain to remove in two years. I prefer a plain wall, which is cheaper and easier to just paint over. Add colour and interest with artwork or posters.
Many people save money on their bathroom, but remember how good it feels to soak in a bath, light a candle and relax at the end of a tiring day. Investing in a good bath will make a massive difference to the enjoyment you get – because daily pampering will always make you feel better!
Buy the best flooring you can afford because it will always look good. Linen becomes more beautiful the more you wear it, but polyester doesn’t. The same can be applied to flooring, so choose the best.
Twenty five per cent of your life is spent in your bed, so make sure you really enjoy it by buying indulgent bedlinen. It doesn’t have to cost significantly more, but cool, crisp cotton, for example, will feel wonderfully luxurious.