Design Guide: 20 Top Interior Design Tips



We have compiled a number of tips from 20 top Interior Designers from around the world to help you when designing your own spaces.

Injecting personal style and items with a story are what turn an average room into a stunning home”
Monica Lenore, Interior Designer

“Instead of always following the latest design trend, decorate with timeless pieces you love”
Sarah Gunn, Interior Designer

“Be brave enough to be yourself and trawl the trends for what you love, not what’s fashionable. That way you’ll still love your home next year, and the year after, and the year after that too”
Sian Astley, Interior Designer

“Don’t worry about what others will think. Design the room the way YOU want. Surround yourself with things that make you happy”
Stacy Risenmay, Interiors Writer

“Don’t be tempted to jump into a project straight away. Before you get into the styling, think first about how you need the space to work for you and plan accordingly so that you get it right first time”
Tiffany Grant-Riley, Interior Stylist

“Listen to the client and observe how they live. Keeping a sense of humour also never hurts”
Bunny Williams, Interior Designer

“Small Space: limit surface space to prevent clutter from piling up”
Typhanie Peterson, Interior Designer

My main tip would be to invest in bespoke pieces for your home so your home really reflects your personal style. It’s really important that there is a synergy between the design of your home and your tastes because this makes you feel truly comfortable in your own home.”
Faiza Seth, Founder of Casa Forma

“A rug that is too small for the room will look as if you have arranged your furniture around a postage stamp, avoid this look by ensuring your rug comfortably fits the front feet of your seated furniture on top”
Emma Blomfield, Interior Designer

“Wall hung, or propped, mirrors are the ultimate way to add instant glamour to a room and create an illusion of space, while cabinet doors can be enhanced and customised with subtle mirror detailing”
Jenny Gibbs, Principal of KLC School of Design

“Accessories, art, plants and flowers bring “life” to any room. Always keep a little in the budget reserved for these finishing touches. Otherwise, even a space with the most beautiful furnishings will look like a showroom, not a living room.”
Linda Merrill, Interior Designer

“Adding one accessory that is oversized and out of proportion will make a room far more interesting”
Ally Kim, Interiors Writer

“Use muted for floors, walls & sofas. Indulge trends through inexpensive items like cushions & lampshades”
Ceri Murray, Interior Designer

“Throw in at least one item from a different era or culture to give the eye something to mull over”
Nicola Holden, Interior Designer

“I always like to have a ‘hero’ build the interior from there. A statement rug, a wallpaper feature wall or beautiful design classic are all great starting points to build layers upon”
Steve Cordony, Interior Designer

“Don’t leave the lighting until last, it can make or break a room”
Hilary J White, Interior Designer

“Lighting can make or break any space. From brightness, to bulb type, to fixture style, it all has an effect. One simple lighting tip is to always install a dimmer switch so you can easily achieve the perfect amount of light”
Jennifer Woch, Interior Designer

“Paint walls white so you have the flexibility to add pattern and colour in as small or large a dose as you fancy”
Emma Kay, Interior Stylist

“Balance period features with well-designed classic modern touches & don’t be afraid to experiment with colour”
George Clarke, Grand Designs Live

“First, always remember to layer a space, think of it like a painting, the background needs to be considered just as much as the main subject. Even the most expensive design concepts look unfinished when visually flat.  Second, Life is in the details, a successfully designed space should be planned down to the smallest of details. Finally, always make your design choices look intentional. Even when faced with a challenging space, incorporate the challenges into your design rather than trying to work against them.”
Elliot Barratt, Interior Designer

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