James Treble shares his top styling secrets to help you get the perfect designer look for all your interior spaces regardless of budget or size.
Whether I’m styling for a photo shoot or for a client, there are some simple design rules I use. These work for almost every space and every client’s needs, no matter what the style, size or budget.
I call these my top styling tips, and I regularly refer back to them when setting out the look for a room, or the direction I want to take when styling a space.
There can always be an exception to the rules, depending on how bold you are, or how amazing the space you’re working in may be. However, these simple tips will still work as a guide for you to use while you create your very own interior design masterpieces.
1. SIZE DOES MATTER
When it comes to art, oversized pieces will always make a big statement. I suggest investing in one piece that you really love and placing it in a key position, like above the lounge or in a foyer, to set the stage for your home styling.
A big piece of art means you don’t need lots of other clutter in the room, as it remains the star of the space. Alternatively, a large piece of amazing fabric, framed or on a canvas, can work just as well.
2. POWER IN NUMBERS
Make a statement by grouping similar objects like vases, bottles or bowls together, so that they become a stronger design element than they would be individually.
One of my tricks is to place three or five candlesticks (always odd numbers) of differing heights in one place. When lit, they become one large light feature, creating great ambiance.
3. PRINTS AND PATTERNS
There are patterns everywhere in nature, like the bark of trees, or stones in a river. Natural patterns create interest, so why not use them inside as well? They don’t have to be over the top either.
A great way to add pattern is with cushions, throws and rugs, which can work together or independently to help you create the mood you want in your home. Or why not try patterned wallpaper instead?
4. LESS IS MORE
The term “less is more” means that having less of something makes a stronger – and more enjoyable – statement than overwhelming the senses with too much all at once.
Strong colours or patterns, though amazing, create a better impact when used sparingly in interior design, than when lots of both are crammed together in one space.
The same rule applies for mixing styles of furniture. Using mostly clean lines and neutral tones lets you add one outstanding piece. It can then sit comfortably, without competing with other pieces.
5. GO GREEN
One of my favourite and most cost-effective ways to accessorise any room is to add some greenery; I love live plants and have one in nearly every room in my house.
A great thing about indoor plants is that they help to blur the line between inside and out, making rooms feel larger and fresher at the same time.
And you can easily enhance mood with an interesting basket or pot, chosen to work with the existing style of your interior.