London interior designers reveal top tricks to try for less than £100

London interior designers reveal top tricks to try for less than £100

color match

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.”

A big tip from Studio Skey is to use the same paint shade on the walls and woodwork to create a more cohesive feel

/ Chris Snook

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.”; @studioduggan

Stenciled or free-painted patterns add character to walls or common furniture

/ Mariel Lind Hansen

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.

Creative collage provides bold graphic update, says Cornrow’s Kemi Lawson and Lara Senbanjo

/ Andrew Irving

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. “; @thecornrow; @cottagenoir

Showcase decorative mix-and-match tiles in the fireplace in this feature home

/ Anna Stasaki

Step up your frame game

Rebecca Siccardi

“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).”; @sicardi

Rebecca Sicardi says framing and positioning are crucial

/ Rachel Smith

Special mirrors add to the fun of portability

Olivia Outred

“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.; @oliviaoutred

AM/PM mirrors add fun to this east London bathroom

/ Astrid Temple

decorative molding

Charlotte Beaver

“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.”; @charlottebeevor

Charlotte Beevor says decorative molding breathes life into bare walls

/ Megan Taylor

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.”; @daytripstudio

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.”; @houseofgreylondon

Atelier LK’s Ruby Kean and Lisa Jones sit together and the sculptural shape makes an impact in the room

/ Jonathan Hocklow

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. “; @atelier_lk_

Create a colorful center focal point

Charlotte Rey, Campbell-Rey

Flowers make the room feel cosy

/ Oscar Proctor

“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.”; @campbellrey



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