Their work routinely involves turning bland location houses into picture-perfect schemes that look great on the pages of homes magazines and shopping catalogues. So who better to advise us on how to decorate and style our homes to get a fantastic result.
1. Get inspired
Way before you chose any new products or select a colour palette, gather inspiration from a range of sources. ‘Start a box file of your ideas and references – everything from magazine cuttings and images of homes and houses you love, to fabric swatches, paint chips and photos of pieces you like, such as a sofa or chairs,’ says Country Living Home Design Editor Ben Kendrick. ‘This will immediately help you focus your thoughts.’
2. Set the brief
Posing a few key questions about what you want from your new scheme will help set a clear plan. ‘Write yourself a brief. Ask what is it about the images you’ve selected that you love the most? Identify your favourite elements (it could be a colour, pattern or a particular furniture shape) and always refer back to them as you begin shopping,’ explains freelance interior stylist Hannah Deacon. ‘Make sure each new item fits your brief before you buy.’
3. Gather the physical evidence
‘You can’t beat having paint charts or fabric and wallpaper swatches (the bigger the better) to hand and putting them side-by-side on a mood board,’ explains Ben. ‘Compiling a digital version is helpful but don’t rely on that solely, the colours are not always true and it’s hard to judge surface finishes or get a true picture of the size and scale of a pattern repeat until you see and touch it.’
4. Assess the space
Think hard about the room you want to decorate and try not to rush any decisions. ‘Get a feeling for the space; consider what you’ll use the room for and the practical requirements you’ll need to fulfill. Finally, see how the light falls and always look at your swatches, particularly the paint colours, in situ,’ says Ben.
4. Mix it up
‘Even if you’re decorating a room from scratch, don’t fill it with all new furniture and accessories,’ cautions interior stylist Charlotte Boyd. ‘Vintage finds or original retro pieces will make your scheme look much more interesting and individual. A collection of old wood chopping boards looks fab contrasted with glossy white kitchen units. And a salvaged pine chest of drawers with all its knocks and bumps will be a beautiful focal point in a pretty country bedroom.’
5. Select key styles
Spend most time choosing the bigger pieces of furniture. ‘Paint colours and scatter cushions can be updated more frequently but furniture is the foundation to your look,’ explains House Beautiful Interiors Editor Kiera Buckley-Jones.
6. Add the feel-good factor
‘Finally, don’t forget to include texture,’ adds Charlotte. ‘It’s all too easy to focus on colour and pattern but texture adds a vital extra dimension. It could be a wall of exposed brick in a kitchen to contrast with sleek units, or simply using woven baskets as storage in a living room.’
Originally posted 2016-05-07 19:19:25.