Stuck for home decorating ideas - or conversely, overwhelmed by the choice? Even if you love modern interior design and know your taste, it's good to get the insider take when it comes to decorating your home, or refining the details.
Tricia Guild OBE, Founder & Creative Director, Designers Guild, says “It’s important to create rooms with a gentle spirit that puts us at ease". But how exactly do you achieve that, without making expensive mistakes along the way, or regretting a bold choice a few months in?
We've asked Tricia Guild, the doyenne of design, for further insight on how she does it. Read on for her advice on creating layered and confident schemes.
1. IDENTIFY YOUR PALETTE
When using colour, identify a palette of three or four shades and start to weave in patterns in this colour family.
2. CREATE A COUNTER BALANCE
Use confident tones, but always consider how they’ll work with whites and naturals – a counterbalance to control the strength and provide a harmonious feel.
3. PLAN AT SCALE
Represent colours and patterns in the correct proportions on a mood board – we have a useful tool on our Designers Guild website that may help.
4. BE ABUNDANT
Don’t be afraid of abundance. The mechanics of florals and how they engage with each other is what really makes a room perform.
5. USE COLOUR FOR IMPACT
Use intense colour in a small room and it becomes a jewel box; a beautiful surprise behind the door that brings an instant sense of joy. Intensify the tone of a palette to create a richer feeling – this is brilliant in bijou spaces where deeper tones work best.
6. GROUND THE SCHEME
Ground a room with rugs. Layer them to reveal certain elements of the designs, or overlap them to create a new shape.
7. BLEND TEXTURES
Blend textures. A home needs layers, so a deft mix of colour, pattern and texture will add personality and spirit.
8. SEASONAL SWITCHES
Swap linens for heavyweight velvets in colder seasons and vice versa. Add extra cushions and throws to create warmth, texture and depth.
9. TACTILE TEXTURES
Focus on the tactility of fabrics and consider small details, such as laying the table with linen napkins.
10. DON'T FOLLOW TRENDS
Don’t follow trends – they’re ephemeral, so always choose fabrics and colours that you really love and make you happiest.
How to paint IKEA furniture – Designers share the five steps you need to remember
Laminated pieces are notoriously tricky to transform – or at least they were – until now
By Megan Slack •
The lessons in monochrome interiors we'll take from this contemporary London home
This London home proves that sometimes, black and white is just enough
By Anna Cottrell •
11 beige living room ideas that prove beige can be far from boring
Beige living room ideas might sound not sound like the boldest of color schemes but this pared-back palette can be just as striking a brights
By Amy Moorea Wong •
How to use color in small living rooms – expert tips for getting the perfect scheme
Bringing color into small living rooms can be tricky, but with the right hues and our top tips, you can make the space look brighter, bigger and just better
By katesleeman •
How to choose cool colour combinations for your home
The right colour combinations will look good throughout your home. Dagny Thurmann-Moe of Koi Colour Studio shares the no-go palette pairings and power hues
By Livingetc •
Buying a used kitchen could be your savviest design idea - here's what you need to know
Buying an ex-display used kitchen is a way to a high-end home at High Street prices
By Jacky Parker •
How to achieve beautiful paint finishes according to interior designer, Nicola Harding
Beautiful paint finishes transform a room and are easier than you think
By Livingetc •
The meaning of style, by interior designer Russell Sage
Acclaimed interior designer Russell Sage talks broken rules, secret ingredients and looking good in any light
By Russell Sage •
Meet Linda Boronkay, Livingetc's brand new columnist
The designer Linda Boronkay in conversation with our editor, Pip McCormac
By Pip McCormac •
How to make your Wifi work harder and stretch further
With working from home and distanced learning the new norm, and a whole year spent watching Netflix, our internet has never worked harder than now. Give your internet the boost it needs to start the new year on the right foot
By Lotte Brouwer •