Home Inspiration

Awesome Interiors – Tips For An Amazing Home

BE YOURSELF

‘When deciding on your own interior style, be true to yourself. An interior should reflect your lifestyle and not what you think it should be. Open your wardrobe and look at what you like wearing, be it plain or pattern, colorful or neutral, casual or smart; there are your clues.’

MAKE THE MOST OF FITTINGS AND FIXTURES

‘I’m often given relatively free reign when it comes to the lighting, while the LED light fitting adds a glamorous touch. You can make things look expensive simply by choosing where to place fixtures and fittings. In this instance, we wall-mounted the taps on the mirror. Never be afraid of  wallpaper, not anymore. Also for the truly indecisive using an interior designer, you really bring a new inspiration to your home.’

DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK

‘We used dark furnishings on a study, which can actually make a room feel bigger and aid concentration. When you’ve gone dark, you can have fun with splashes of color.

MIX ERAS

‘I love the juxtaposing of traditional with modern in this dining room. I mixed rich, dark wall color with bright white highlights and mirrored cabinets.

SPEND MONEY WHERE IT MATTERS & ADD DEFINITION

‘Large family spaces are becoming increasingly popular. In this home, we defined different zones to give the room more of an identity, such as the lights over the dining table to highlight that particular area. We softened the living space with a bold rug, while the large room still feels comfortable AND elegant.

MAKE AN ENTRANCE

‘Entrance halls are the very first area a visitor to your home sees. It can be a big indicator of the way you live. I believe a mirror is essential for those last minute checks before you head out. Many clients are requesting a bespoke, handmade look for items within their home. This mirror was specially commissioned by us and is finished in moongold and bronze. Tinted neutrals rather than plain wallcoverings can create a sense of warmth. You can add the feeling of luxury with simple tassels, as I have done here on the cabinet.’

Contributed by Daniel Hopwood: interior designer, qualified architect and president of the British Institute of Interior Design

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