Seeing from a designer’s eye for 20 plus years, I for sure love creating awe-inspiring spaces. One blog is not going to cover my vast experience but sure can give you some pointers on designing space to your likings.
- Always Accessorise
The easiest way to create a designer look is to add personality using home accessories, or, as I like to call them, ‘home jewellery’. Build a collection of staple pieces, such as standout trinkets and vases. The great thing about accessories like this is that you can change them with the seasons and there are so many affordable pieces available from our accessory lines.
- Mix it up
Mix textures and materials in your home to create depth and contrast. For example, using materials like wood against metallics can be easily done on a budget and look fantastic. Wallpaper is perfect for bringing in new textures and finishes too – elegant geometric prints, in understated neutral hues and monochromes, really help bring a space to life and add that designer touch. Don’t go crazy on wallpaper though. Choose a wall or two that make a focal point for your room.
- Be careful with color
When it comes to color, be mindful of the shades you use if you want to achieve that high-end look. If you like magenta, add a pop of the color here and there, don’t paint the whole house with it just like you don’t want wallpaper all over the house.
- Treat yourself to luxury
Adding a touch of luxury to each room is my number one tip when it comes to getting that designer look. Glitters and metallics add a little bling and work well in smaller rooms as features will reflect off them, giving the illusion of a bigger space. Spending money on just one or two designer/custom pieces in the room can make the whole room look rich and impressive.
- Add some drama
Also think about creating a bit of mystery and intrigue. For example, using dark wallpapers in small areas of the house can create a dramatic, glamorous look and give it a boudoir feel like no other house on the street!
- Personality is key
Your home should showcase your personality, so don’t be afraid to put a stamp on it. Most interior designers will start by getting to know you, what you like and then help you to display this throughout your home – but no one knows you better than yourself.
- Brainstorm like it’s your job
Kick things off by making a moodboard, brainstorming the colors, patterns and textures you love. Then browse our website for some inspiration to pull it all together. It’s just like styling yourself for a big event – it’s important to get the individual pieces right, while making sure they work as a team.
- Be bold
I love unexpected pops of color and print against simple backdrops – discreet yet bold choices like this will make others think a designer made that choice for you. Add an oversized, velvet teal cushion to your neutral sofa or invest in a bright, geometric rug to act as a room’s central showstopper.
- Find your balance
Good taste comes from having a knack at finding the perfect balance between too sterile and too cluttered. For me a good room has the right balance between being clean cut and streamlined, and having the right amount of accessories so it doesn’t look too busy.
- Add a bit of you
Lastly, give yourself a calming, neutral canvas to work with, then inject small but noticeable snippets of your personality like some artwork, a family heirloom or an upcycled piece of furniture. If vinyl records are your thing then show those evocative covers off!