What advice would you give to people trying to create a sophisticated interior?
For any scheme, colour, warmth and practicality are three important considerations. First, aim to get the proportions and style of a space correct and then make the scheme truly outstanding by using the right balance of colour, texture and pattern. Balance in itself creates an harmonious scheme. Choose simple and timeless for the main aspects of an interior, as it’s cheaper and more practical to update the accessories than to create a whole new scheme. Timeless is also elegant and this is universally desirable so this is the best approach for creating an interior where the property is going to be rented or sold as it will add desirability and lessen the need to frequently update the scheme.
If you do your research you can possibly find substitutes for a lot of the expensive pieces of a scheme. I do a lot of traipsing before buying. I also sit down and go through reference materials, catalogues and magazines before deciding on a scheme. When you are focused on an interior design project, your antennae are up and you can imprint an impression of what you want in your mind. Just one item can be the basis for a theme.
I love finishing touches that add sparkle; I look on accessories as ‘jewellery for the home’. I also feel it’s best not to reveal everything to the eye in one glance and I think there should be enough visual interest to hold someone’s attention no matter which aspect of a room comes into view. It is my belief that the home is a reflection of who we are. Books, photos, objects d’art, artwork and rugs make a house a home, and it is these items, our personal possessions, that not only look great, adding colour and pattern and texture to a scheme, but they also create familiar surroundings and help us to feel at home.