use a round rug as a spotlight

Round Rug Spotlight

A circular rug is always a great way to help make a statement, a little bit like a permanent spotlight. Use the rug to draw the eye to a feature piece, placed in the centre. Just make sure that the rug colour has enough contrast with the floor to truly demand attention!

Get Creative With Kids Rooms

Get Creative With Kids Rooms

Kids rooms can be some of the most fun projects to receive as an interior designer. They allow you to use a bit more creativity in attempting to spark their curiosity and imagination. Just make sure that it can be easily adapted as they get older – think wall stickers instead of a painted mural!

the secret life of ceiling roses

Secret Life of Ceiling Roses

Do you know the secretive history of this common decorative feature? The rose has symbolised secrecy since Roman times, and hanging a rose over a meeting table became a sign of confidentiality and free speech in the Middle Ages. This later led to rose designs being physically carved into the ceilings, and over time the phrase came to refer to this ornate moulding (whether or not a rose actually features in the design!)…

Give new life to charming vintage finds

Give New Life To Vintage Finds

Sometimes all it takes is a creative mind to turn trash into treasure! For example, this old ladder might not be safe to use for it’s original purpose, but looks great used as a rack for throw blankets.

Rounded edges and circular forms were a strong trend at the recent 2018 Salon de Mobile

Rounded Forms at the Salon de Mobile

Rounded edges and circular forms were a strong trend at the recent 2018 Salon de Mobile (a trade show in Milan that often sets worldwide trends). These plump ovular shapes give a friendly, comfortable appearance to any setting. The cartoonish quality of these forms also creates a great contrast with more angular pieces.

The humble bedhead can be a standout feature

Stand Out With A Bedhead

While often overlooked, the perfect bedhead can be the standout feature of a room! Styles range from rectangular panels to ornate curves, including quilted or panelled designs, or even shelving. Popular fabrics include linen for a minimal look, or velvet for those who prefer to go full luxe. However, a simple timber style can be just as striking!

Wine inspired tones are a big interior design colour trend in 2018

Wine-Inspired Tones

Moving on from blushed hues, wine-inspired tones are the next big trend in the pink/red family. These colours all incorporate a dash of purple (the colour of the year) to add a touch of sophistication. Your inspiration can be anything from a peachy pink Rosé to a deep ruby Merlot.

design tip: choosing a white paint is harder than it looks

Choosing White Paint

Although painting walls white might seem like the easy choice for an interior designer, choosing the perfect white is an art in itself. “Pure white” is almost never used, so the designer must consider warm/cool tones, tints, glossy/matte finishes, and how all of these will be affected by the lighting of the space.

it's the little things that turn a house into a home

Turn A House Into A Home

A room can have the most luxurious furniture in the world – but without the smaller finishing touches it is likely to have a cold, empty atmosphere. Don’t forget details such as wall art, cushions, and personal items to give a warmer, lived-in feel

design tip: a creative work space encourages creative work

Creative Space = Creative Work

When working in a creative industry like interiors, it helps to operate in a space that sets the right tone. A drab grey room with poor lighting is unlikely to encourage your imagination!