Abigail Ahern on breaking decorating rules beautifully

Abigail Ahern is recognised amongst design aficionados for her enchanting take on interiors. She is an influential tastemaker with a uniquestyle and bold approach. Her trendsetting designs have become synonymous with glamour, eclecticism and wit.

If you prefer cool to conventional, here's what the designer and stylisthas to say...

1 Pair blue and green

Blue and green should never be seen? Look to Mother Nature and verdant forests rolling down to an azure ocean to see how ridiculous this rule is. So ditch this one once and for all. Blue and green look beautiful together.

A photo posted by on

2. Hang Art high and low

Art doesn't have to be hung at eye level. We're not living in museums so ignore this rule and hang it high, prop it against a wall on the floor or on a shelf for an artist's studio vibe or layer it.

A photo posted by on

3 Ditch pale colours in small rooms

It doesn't make the room look bigger, it will just make it feel static due to the way the light interacts, as pale hues reflect all colours at once. If you go darker (using paints made from pigments from the earth), as the light changes throughout the day, so does the colour, so you get more shadow and mystery, atmosphere and depth, which will in turn make the room feel bigger.

A photo posted by on

See these stylish dark bedrooms.

4 Free up furniture and flooring

It doesn't matter whether furniture is on or off of a rug. There are no rules here. Half on, half off or all on, all off. Forget that and mix it up, it will look amazing.

A photo posted by on

5 Take furniture outside

Ok so the summer is almost over but if we're on for an Indian summer bear this in mind, you don't have to only use outdoor furniture outside. Putting indoor furniture outside has totally transformed my garden. Just be mindful that's it's made from a material that wont' be ruined by a shower, or remember to cover it.

A photo posted by on

See how to decorate with black.


Jacky Parker is a London-based freelance journalist and content creator, specialising in interiors, travel and food. From buying guides and real home case studies to shopping and news pages, she produces a wide range of features for national magazines and SEO content for websites

A long-time contributor to Livingetc, as a member of the team, she regularly reports on the latest trends, speaking to experts and discovering the latest tips. Jacky has also written  for other publications such as Homes and Gardens, Ideal Home, Red, Grand Designs, Sunday Times Style and AD, Country Homes and Interiors and ELLE Decoration.