Sophie Scott, Skye Studios
“One of our signature elements is the use of the same paint tones on the walls, ceiling, millwork and even cabinets to create a more contemporary, cohesive feel, especially in period properties.
“If you don’t have the time or budget to go through the whole process, you can use leftover paint to match the mirror frame or ceiling to match the wall color in your room.”
Template hand painted mural
Tiffany Duggan, Studio Duggan
“I commissioned one of my favorite artists, Julianna Byrne, to add some decorative touches to our studio, but with the help of a stencil (or a steady hand!) anyone can create a blank wall or plain Furniture injects a little personality.
“Think of a checkerboard backing on a shelf, a hand-painted border on the front of a drawer, or some Charleston-inspired accents on a fireplace or old wardrobe.”
Get creative with tiling
Kemi Lawson, The Cornrow
“Tile is an extremely impactful way to bring a space to life. Make them go further by mixing expensive tiles with cheaper designs.
To get the most out of affordable tiles, lay them in non-standard ways, such as random placement of simple monochrome tiles to give an old fireplace a bold graphic update. “
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Step up your frame game
“Anything can be elevated to ‘art’ status with the right framing and positioning, from children’s drawings to club flyers or art exhibition brochures.
“We recently used pages from a cool and colourful magazine from the Hato Store (from £8) which we framed in a simple oversized Muji frame (£29.95 for A3 frame).”
Special mirrors add to the fun of portability
“Even the smallest room deserves a bit of glamour. We decorated a shower in east London that doubles as a guest toilet and we wanted to indulge and surprise them with a fun curved rattan mirror (£99) from French brand AM/PM .
“Hanging a mirror like this gives the whole room a bit of a decorating feel and it’s something you can take with you when you move, so it’s a good thing for renters.
“Add moldings to elevate your space. It breathes new life into bare walls, built-in storage or outdated furniture, and brings character to a room.
“Let the styling appear to ‘float’ a bit above the floor for a high-end finish.”
Transform Your Lighting with Paper Lampshades
Emily Potter, Day Trip Studio
“Hang a Japanese chandelier shade (£84) from Sansho. Our home is our own private sanctuary; the beautiful texture of rice paper and the soft diffused light will transform your room into a cozy and relaxing space.”
Consider all senses
Louisa Gray, Grey House
“In order for us to regenerate and restore, a home should satisfy all the senses, with tactile materials, soothing music and great scents. But so many candles and diffusers are full of harmful ingredients, so look for organic products.
“We teamed up with olfactory design studio Aoiro to create Koto (£65), a room spray with a comforting and revitalizing blend of 100% organic essences.”
Sculptural ceramics add character
Ruby Kean, Atelier LK
“In our designs, the final layering of the room is integral to creating intrigue and character, and we often achieve this by choosing sculptural ceramics.
“These don’t have to be expensive to have an impact. We sometimes scour online sources like thrift stores, auctions and eBay for containers with interesting shapes and glazes that work with wider room schemes. “
Create a colorful center focal point
Charlotte Rey, Campbell-Rey
“Place amazing fresh flowers in any room and make it feel welcome and cared for. It could be a narcissus supermarket, or a big bunch of buttercups.
“We love having a large vase as the focal point, paired with smaller vases to bring joy to your home.”