Cre­ate a su­pe­rior in­te­rior

You now own a new house; time to make it into your home. Some peo­ple love this part, oth­ers dread mak­ing an ex­pen­sive mis­take. Here are a few ideas to pon­der.

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Al­ways re­mem­ber Wil­liam Mor­ris’ ad­vice: ‘Have noth­ing in your house that you do not know to be use­ful, or be­lieve to be beau­ti­ful.’ He gave in­te­rior de­sign its Ros­setta stone back in Vic­to­rian times; as true to­day as ever.

Take your time. If you can’t find what you want, then wait. A suc­cess­ful look can take years to com­plete and evolves to suit your needs at the time.

Try to choose the fab­rics first for a room, you will find that ev­ery other de­ci­sion then falls into place.

Use the con­nect­ing colours tech­nique: a main colour from your liv­ing room flows into oth­ers - a rug in the hall, or cush­ions or chair cov­ers, even stor­age jars in the kitchen, bring­ing the whole house to­gether.

De­cide on your big-ticket items. Is it go­ing to be an in­vest­ment, qual­ity piece that can be re up­hol­stered, re­paired or re­con­di­tioned time and again? If so don’t be afraid to spend.


Buy it just be­cause it is the height of fash­ion, un­less you re­ally love it. Let all those av­o­cado-green bath­room suites and tiles of the 1970s be a warn­ing to you.

Go for pat­terns that are all the same size, peo­ple will get dizzy. The safest ad­vice is one big and a cou­ple of smaller ones in a room.

Rush and feel pres­sured into buy­ing be­cause of a sale price or spe­cial of­fer; some of the big­gest mis­takes are made that way.

Don’t for­get that every­one in the fam­ily will be liv­ing here, right down to the fam­ily pets and even some mem­bers who haven’t been born yet. That del­i­cate, dry-clean-only fab­ric could be a big mis­take a few years from now.

Don’t al­ways buy ready-made in a big store. Scot­land has an army of crafts­men and women who work won­ders with fab­rics and fur­ni­ture mak­ers and de­sign­ers cre­at­ing unique pieces.

Em­broi­dered cot­ton cush­ion cover (Ian Snow Ltd) Lla­mas are the new stags; they will be ev­ery­where. Wool llama dec­o­ra­tion (The Con­tem­po­rary Home)

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