64 interior design secrets straight from the experts

Angela R. James




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Curves, circles and arches are having their moment, adding a softness to interiors that looks both modern and classic. We love how this clever bedroom design turns a useful storage solution into a cool feature, with added tiny downlighters that make your display glow after dark. It also cleverly echoes the asymmetric curve of the headboard. Brilliant!




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Crown mouldings, or cornicing, is a piece of decorative plaster that runs between the wall and the ceiling. Coming in all sorts of shapes and sizes, it is a common period feature of older houses but adding it into a bedroom or living room is a shortcut to achieving a refined, traditional style.




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A well-dressed window can take a room from drab to fab in one fell swoop. The latest trend is to use colour to incorporate them fully into your decorating scheme. This design uses a two-tone effect, which makes even budget shutters look like they were made for this stylish bedroom.




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Speaking of leaving enough space, it’s also important to make sure there is room to move around in less busy areas of your home. For example, you should ideally leave about 45cm between sofas, chairs and coffee tables in your living room. This gives you plenty of space for sitting and moving around without having to stretch too far for your cup of coffee or shout across the room to have a conversation.




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Here’s another handy trick for getting your proportions right and balancing different styles within the same space. A guaranteed way to give a room character is to decorate about 70% of it in a particular style then complete the remaining 30% in a completely different style. So you can spice up a largely traditional scheme with a smattering of contemporary items, or vice versa.




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Turning awkward or unused space into a beautiful nook is a well-worn trick of many interior designers. Whether it’s a window seat or a reading nook, bespoke carpentry creates a stylish solution that fits the space like a glove. Make it comfortable with cushions and side tables and extra marks if you can add in some secret storage space!




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The best height to hang or stand a TV is at eye level in the position you’ll be watching it from. So in your living room, you’ll want it at the same height as your head when you’re sitting down. In a kitchen, you might want to hang it at your eye line when you’re standing or sitting at a breakfast bar. The ideal TV viewing distance is about 1.5 times the diagonal span of your TV screen.




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There is no substitute for natural light. It not only benefits our health and wellbeing but it also affects how colours appear. Always look at the light in your room before you decorate it. South-facing rooms benefit from the maximum amount of light whereas north-facing will be darker, therefore, paint colours can seem a completely different hue in one room to another.




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Combining different patterns in the same room can be tricky, but a good tip is to use varying patterns in similar colours, or the same pattern but in varying scales. For example, try small florals mixed with big blowsy blooms, or go for bold geo shapes in different colourways as shown here.




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Who says you can’t use the same patterned tiles on both walls and floors? Carry them up from the floor to the ceiling for a standout design with maximum impact.




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As tempting as it is, fight the urge to fill every wall and shelf, otherwise you’re in danger of your room scheme feeling cluttered. Instead, leave a few areas free to gain some much-needed breathing room and a better sense of space. Painting a door and its frame the same colour as your walls is a good trick, as it helps the woodwork to blend in, giving the illusion of a larger blank area.




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Texture is key to creating a successful design scheme, especially if you’re working with a neutral colour palette. To keep a room interesting, incorporate different tactile materials throughout the space, from soft woollen throws to silky cushions, rough brick walls to glossy mirrored finishes.




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If you live in a new-build, chances are your home may be short on architectural features. Why not try painting some in? You could go for a two-tone wall that changes colour at dado rail height, as shown here, or have a different colour starting at picture rail height and continue onto the ceiling to add height. It’s an affordable way to add interest to your home and very easy to update, too.




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