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!

design tip: art doesn't have to be forever

Art Doesn’t Have To Be Forever

Buying art might seem like an ordeal, but it doesn’t have to be. If your client is unsure about making a big investment, art prints are perfect for adding a touch of interest without the big price tag. They can also be easily swapped out according to changing trends.

design tip: wire mesh is a hot office trend

Wire Mesh Trend

Wire grid memo boards have become a popular trend for creative office spaces, perfect for clipping up notes and inspiration. The style is practical and aesthetically pleasing, also echoing the grid prints that are currently on trend in the fashion sphere.

"Paint a room white and you have a blank canvas for anything" - Rachel Ashwell quote

Rachel Ashwell on Blank Canvases

It may seem like a cop-out for an interior designer to paint walls white – but the truth is that white cannot be overlooked as a versatile, goes-with-everything shade that doesn’t date and makes spaces feel larger and more open. This also leaves clients with more options for the future when they want to freshen up the space.

design tip: light and space will always be in style

Light and Space

Always make a point to use natural light to the best of your ability. Place areas of most use (ie. dining or living areas) in the spaces that get the most light. Avoid crowding items into a space as this can make it feel smaller and darker. Better to choose a few high quality items and give them room to breathe.

design tip: pull together artwork with a theme

Theme Your Art Wall

To get a polished look for your gallery wall, pick a theme or colour scheme to link the different pieces. This example shows some strong, graphic pieces with a bit of vintage kitsch, all drawn together by dominant colours black, white and red. Try to mix it up and have fun with it!

design tip: use a patterned rug as unique wall art

Unique Wall Art

Wall hangings such as traditional loom weaving, fibre art, macrame and tapestries have come back into style recently. One easy way to get this look is to find a small rug that has enough visual interest to hang on the wall as art. This can also help to bring colour and softness into a room that might otherwise be quite bare

vintage furniture dimensions

Vintage Furniture Dimensions

Ever wonder why different items of furniture are usually a certain height? As shown in this vintage diagram from 1952, the standard measurements are all designed with the average 5’9″ human in mind – quite brilliant when you think about it!