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ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Global Design -

Func­tion has to come first, so plan to make sure ev­ery­thing phys­i­cally works in a room. It’s the same with choos­ing fur­ni­ture. In the past, I’ve learned the hard way and cho­sen chairs that look in­cred­i­ble, but are re­ally un­com­fort­able. If they’re go­ing to be used a lot, they must be comfy. Coco Chanel once said: ‘Get dressed, then take one thing off’, and the same rule ap­plies to in­te­ri­ors. Peo­ple have a ten­dency to over­work things, but some­times, sim­ple is bet­ter. Light­ing can play a huge part in the feel of a room. When it comes to bed­rooms, I pre­fer a cen­tral, dec­o­ra­tive pen­dant light lay­ered with small side lights and floor lamps. Down­light­ing can cre­ate quite a stress­ful space.

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