DE­SIGN­ING FOR LIFE

John Rocha of­fers his ad­vice for cre­at­ing a stylish home

House Beautiful (UK) - - Design Guru -

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.

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