Avoid fashions in furnishings as much as you can.
Furnishings aren’t a seasonal wardrobe. have dark walls because you want them, not because they’re hot right now.
Personalise your rooms.
Add a contrast border or trim, or put your own choice of handles on furniture. i like to use turnstyle designs’ ‘mortice wing leather’ cabinet pull handles in chestnut, as well as my own bronze handles.
Get the proportions right for visual harmony.
Light switches and door handles should all be about waist height. it’s not about the height of your ceiling – it’s about your own height.
Use mirrors intelligently and they will completely transform a space.
A narrow hallway or bathroom will feel twice the size with a wall of silvered magic. just don’t overdo it, and don’t try ‘antiqued’ types for this.
Never, ever have a ‘feature wall’ of some catchy paper or colour.
They look idiotic and also ruin the sheltering feel of a space.
Every modern room needs something old and vice versa.
Otherwise it will feel suffocating and inhuman.
Organise your books by colour.
It gives a harmonious, spacious feel to the room and, as visual creatures, it’s also easier for us to find a book by the colour of the spine.
Don’t be afraid.
It’s your home, not an entry in some good-taste competition. so many people want to live in off-white dullness. they must all be dying of boredom.
Remain faithful to old favourites.
I designed my stitched-leather ‘x-frame ottoman’ 15 years ago and there’s still nothing better in front of a sofa or fireplace, for a tray of drinks, books or as extra
Don’t box in radiators.
It’s wasteful in terms of money and space. instead, hang a fabric-wrapped panel on the front. it looks chic and fresh.
Be your own sol lewitt.
Painting an abstract design on your walls is fantastically easy – any fool can do it – and you’ll take huge pride in the result.