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A gorgeous dining room with glamorous emerald green accents, set against a largely monochrome palette. Someone working towards your goals and objectives with an excellent eye, extensive industry contacts and exciting, original ideas that will set pulses racing. Essentially, I often get asked – ‘How can the interior be improved, or how can my space look better – in some quick, simple steps’?

However, for me, there are a few ‘design hacks’ – some top, industry secrets – that everybody should consider when redecorating or just ‘sprucing up’ their space. Ceilings of the Buckingham Palace/Savoy ballroom variety, where even the most oversized chandelier would hang elegantly overhead. I often advise clients with a standard ceiling height (around 240cm) to paint out their coving the same colour as the walls.

This tricks the eye into thinking that the ceiling starts higher, thus exaggerating the feeling of space within the room. Tall, vertical panelling and mirrors really help to extend the feeling of height in a space.

Build a central unit to house a fireplace or even a decorative niche (recess within the joinery) which you could fill with flowers, oversized church candles or a statement sculpture.

For a children’s bedroom, you could opt for a graphic mural or wall stickers to add some punch and draw the eye into the space.

This amazing crystal mural wall-covering demonstrates how a focal point can be made of a fairly bland, understated space. Try to avoid keeping your accent colour in one place – consider how you space it out but also, be careful not to overload the design with your new flavour.

This scheme, designed by luxury brand Boco Do Lobo , combines neutrals with blue accents. I particularly love the detail in the upholstery – the back of that occasional chair is upholstered in the accent colour, for a subtle nod.

The key is also to avoid going overboard so, for each piece, consider necessity and ask yourself if its inclusion will enhance or impinge on the scheme. I can see why this happens; if you lack confidence (or time) in design, repetition of a material makes decorating far easier and ‘safer’. Think about incorporating a number of textures and finishes into your space which helps create depth and interest. I mixed herringbone knits with flat sequins, appliqued satin, shot-silk and Mongolian fur in this scheme for a fun, frivolous finish.

I like to mix highly textural (wood with visible grain, rough weave linens, Mongolian fur cushions, quilted or thick knit throws, nickel cast bark, coral, embossed and relief canvases) with smooth (flat velvets or silks, mirrored glazing, hand blown glassware, cast concrete or marble worktops and tiles…). You can, indeed, design an entire space in one colour (e.g. white), as long as the textures used offer enough interest and variety.

In fact, a one-colour but multi-faceted, multi-textured space can look extremely sophisticated and layered. Interior designers can do most of the hard work for you but it’s what you add over time – how a space evolves organically – that really makes it a home.

Personalisation has been a huge, growing trend over the past couple of years and that’s largely because we have reverted back to ‘us’ – to ‘me’. Although our world is getting smaller, with global connections tighter through the power of the web and social media, as everything becomes more generic we are striving to promote our sense of self.

Artwork and imagery can help fill empty wall space, tell a story of your past or glimpse into your personal style preferences. Gorgeous shells or a bowl from your travels, an accent cushion you happened to come across and had to have, books you discovered and loved, photos of happy times, a bunch of flowers you bought yourself; ‘just because’.

Flowers add instant spark to a space and are a quick and easy way to personalise your interior. I always advise my clients to keep adding to their schemes whilst striving to maintain the look and feel we’ve achieved.

I hope you found my top tips helpful and look forward to hearing about your own projects. If I’ve missed anything key or you have interior design questions plaguing you, please feel free to ask them here or on the social sites.

This gorgeous room really showcases how simple, well selected pieces can transform a space and highlight the feeling of height. Click on the blog post for more ideas and handy interior design secrets.
This gorgeous room really showcases how simple, well selected pieces can transform a space and highlight the feeling of height. Click on the blog post for more ideas and handy interior design secrets.
This gorgeous room, designed by Kelly Hoppen, really showcases how simple, well selected pieces can transform a space and highlight the feeling of height. Click on the blog post for more ideas and handy interior design secrets.
This gorgeous room, designed by Kelly Hoppen, really showcases how simple, well selected pieces can transform a space and highlight the feeling of height. Click on the blog post for more ideas and handy interior design secrets.
The White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace is a beautifully elegant and striking interior space. Beautifully and ornately decorated with acute attention to detail, nothing has been overlooked. The ceiling height is totally awe-inspiring too. For ideas as how how you can create a feeling a space, click on the blog post.
The White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace is a beautifully elegant and striking interior space. Beautifully and ornately decorated with acute attention to detail, nothing has been overlooked. The ceiling height is totally awe-inspiring too. For ideas as how how you can create a feeling a space, click on the blog post.
This gorgeous room really showcases how you can add the feeling of height and space to a room by painting out skirting (and coving if applicable) in the same colour as the wall. Click on the blog post for more ideas and handy interior design secrets.
This gorgeous room really showcases how you can add the feeling of height and space to a room by painting out skirting (and coving if applicable) in the same colour as the wall. Click on the blog post for more ideas and handy interior design secrets.
This gorgeous room really showcases how floor to ceiling curtains can elevate the space and highlight the feeling of height. Click on the blog post for more ideas and handy interior design secrets.
This gorgeous room really showcases how floor to ceiling curtains can elevate the space and highlight the feeling of height. Click on the blog post for more ideas and handy interior design secrets.
This gorgeous room really showcases how simple, well selected pieces can transform a space and highlight the feeling of height. Click on the blog post for more ideas and handy interior design secrets.
This gorgeous room really showcases how simple, well selected pieces can transform a space and highlight the feeling of height. Click on the blog post for more ideas and handy interior design secrets.
This scheme, designed by London-based Sarah Mailer Design, had a faux-chimney breast installed with bespoke storage and shelving to act as a focal point within this small lounge. How to create a focal point is one of many interior design secrets discussed on the GIRL ABOUT HOUSE blog. Click on the link for more ideas and tips.
This scheme, designed by London-based Sarah Mailer Design, had a faux-chimney breast installed with bespoke storage and shelving to act as a focal point within this small lounge. How to create a focal point is one of many interior design secrets discussed on the GIRL ABOUT HOUSE blog. Click on the link for more ideas and tips.
This gorgeous room really showcases how a statement mural or wallpaper can add a much-needed focal point to a fairly understated space. Click on the blog post for more ideas and handy interior design secrets.
This gorgeous room really showcases how a statement mural or wallpaper can add a much-needed focal point to a fairly understated space. Click on the blog post for more ideas and handy interior design secrets.
This scheme, designed by Boco Do Lobo, combines neutrals with blue accents. A key interior design secret is to integrate colour with multiple accents, carefully planted around the space to balance the overall scheme. For more ideas and interior design secrets, click on the blog link...
This scheme, designed by Boco Do Lobo, combines neutrals with blue accents. A key interior design secret is to integrate colour with multiple accents, carefully planted around the space to balance the overall scheme. For more ideas and interior design secrets, click on the blog link...
Different textures should be combined in a space to add depth, layering and interest. This scheme combines sequins with silky satin and Mongolian fur. The perfect combo! For more interior design secrets, click on the blog post...
Different textures should be combined in a space to add depth, layering and interest. This scheme combines sequins with silky satin and Mongolian fur. The perfect combo! For more interior design secrets, click on the blog post...
Decorating with all one colour works a treat, as long as you incorporate different textures. More ideas and interior design secrets over on the blog so click for more information...
Decorating with all one colour works a treat, as long as you incorporate different textures. More ideas and interior design secrets over on the blog so click for more information...
Artwork is very personal and really helps to finish a space. Use it to fill empty walls, as a focal point or to share memories and your personal style. More interior design secrets and ideas on the GIRL ABOUT HOUSE blog, so click on the link to connect...
Artwork is very personal and really helps to finish a space. Use it to fill empty walls, as a focal point or to share memories and your personal style. More interior design secrets and ideas on the GIRL ABOUT HOUSE blog, so click on the link to connect...
Flowers can add an instant boost into your interior space. They are quite personal - we all have our favourites - so add some instant individualism too. Click on the link to discover more tips and interior design secrets on the GIRL ABOUT HOUSE blog.
Flowers can add an instant boost into your interior space. They are quite personal - we all have our favourites - so add some instant individualism too. Click on the link to discover more tips and interior design secrets on the GIRL ABOUT HOUSE blog.
The fabulous monochrome floor, installed at Gucci in Selfridges is a huge statement in monochrome chic. It demonstrates how sometimes, going against the grain, is a smart move! Click on the blog post for more interior design secrets and ideas...
The fabulous monochrome floor, installed at Gucci in Selfridges is a huge statement in monochrome chic. It demonstrates how sometimes, going against the grain, is a smart move! Click on the blog post for more interior design secrets and ideas...

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