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Rose Uniacke’s Dos and Don’ts of Decorating
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known for refined interiors with a sense of serenity, rose
uniacke shares her top tips

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i like lighting to be low-key.

house lighting needs to be gentle and sometimes a little off balance. i
don’t like too much perfection, with every picture lit.

i don’t think technology should be discreet.

unless it is easy to hide and not
remotely gimmicky. i don’t like television screens that are
mirrored. i like big speakers on the floor – i like the honesty of

i am a believer that all style can be worked well or

a dull tile used poorly in a
bathroom will feel like a tragic apology, but take the same tile
and cover your entire house, and suddenly it becomes a statement
and it’s different.

when designing a room, a hand drawing still wins in my

they have more atmosphere than
computer-designed images

invest in things you love.

the tiny, round marble table
next to the bath in my own home gives me so much

before ordering, i try furniture 
in the space it’s intended for.

i often use mdf boxes – even before
the building is finished. it helps you feel the energy of a

for textiles, i turn to my store cupboard full of old

i also love developing a unique
fabric for a house. i am working with a few handweavers at the

don’t be afraid to seek expert advice.

for a recent project, at godwin house in tite
, we worked with an art historian and
developed a new hand-blocked wallpaper design from fragments of an
old godwin wallpaper found in the v&a. the result is very
contemporary yet cosy.

not every room or area needs an obvious

generous wasted space, if treated
properly, can be the thing that makes a house.


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