Give your home a brand-new look for spring
From layered lighting to upcycled belongings, we ask an interior designer to share their top tips to help give your London home a stunning new look.
If you feel your home is looking a little tired and dated, don’t head to the estate agent’s office just yet! We’ve asked some interior designers London to share their top design tips that will help you to easily transform your London home, just in time for the spring.
Introducing texture to a room will help to add interest and visual weight, and it is a favourite trick of interior designers who want to create a luxury look. Don’t be afraid to mix things up by combining a range of different materials such as wood, stone, glass, metals and fabrics, and try placing contrasting textures next to each other for maximum interest and impact.
Use colour wisely
Your use of colour can have a big impact on the look and feel of a room, so think carefully before getting out your paint brush. If your rooms are on the smaller side, go for soft, lighter shades to help give the illusion of space, and add pops of colour with accessories or furniture. Larger rooms, however, can look healthier when painted in deeper, bolder shades – try extending the colour to your skirting boards and door frames for a cohesive, clean and contemporary look.
Creativity is the key to good interior design, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box and let your imagination run free. Upcycling is all the rage now, so before you max out your credit card on new furniture and accessories, consider your existing belongings, or even head to a charity shop or flea market, to see what you could restore and reuse. Decorating your rooms with a mixture of new and old items will give you a personal, one-of-a-kind finish that really helps your home stand out from the crowd.
Layer your lighting
Good lighting is essential to any room so take the time to get the balance right. Interior designers recommend creating a ‘layered lighting’ effect, which simply means using a variety of light sources, such as floor lamps, overhead light fixtures, sconce lighting, and even candles, to add warmth and depth to a space. Natural light is also hugely important and can help to make a room feel more spacious. If your room is a little dark, try hanging mirrors directly opposite your windows to instantly add light to the space.
Create a focal point
Every room can benefit from a clear focal point which draws the eye and draws the room together. This can be any number of things, from a period feature fire place or statement sofa, to an ornate mirror or eye-catching artwork – just be sure to choose something that you love, as you’re going to spend a lot of time looking at it! For maximum effect, arrange other aspects of the room around the feature so that it catches people’s attentions as soon as they enter.
Plants and greenery can help to give any home an instant lift. They are an effective and inexpensive way of adding colour and texture to a room, and, if like many London homes you have a shortage of outside space, it’s a great way of bringing the outdoors inside and introducing a touch of nature to your home. As well as looking great, the addition of plants can also offer practical advantages by absorbing pollutants and helping to balance humidity levels.
Revitalising your home doesn’t have to be difficult or costly. With some simple changes and a little creativity, you can give your home a brand new, luxury look that any interior designer would be proud of.