In­te­rior de­signer David Flack’s five tips for cre­at­ing an el­e­gant and con­tem­po­rary home

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1 Keep it sim­ple The orig­i­nal pro­por­tions of the rooms in this apart­ment were good, but there were too many el­e­ments go­ing on, which con­fused the eye and made the space feel cramped. I de-clut­tered it, re­mov­ing ev­ery­thing from the wall­pa­per to the crys­tal chan­de­liers, and re­tain­ing only the fea­tures that brought clas­sic touches to the home. 2 Don’t com­mit to too many ideas A scheme needs a thread that pulls it to­gether and al­lows you to use the same lan­guage in ev­ery space. In this du­plex, we em­ployed a lim­ited pal­ette of ma­te­ri­als and colours to sub­tly con­vey both con­trast (light and shade), and rep­e­ti­tion – this cre­ates a sense of har­mony in a home. 3 Choose strong, state­ment ma­te­ri­als Bronze, wood and mar­ble add a glam­orous edge to clas­si­cal ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails. 4 Work with the di­men­sions of your home Make the most of your house’s best fea­tures, such as glo­ri­ously high ceil­ings. 5 Cre­ate strong sight lines Here, some of the most im­pact­ful pieces of fur­ni­ture and light­ing di­rect the at­ten­tion to a spe­cific space or cor­ner of a room. Play­ing with per­spec­tive cre­ates flow through a space.

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