Insert color and texture using wallpaper
It wasn’t that long ago that wallpapering was labeled as “noisy” and “outdated.” However, in recent years they have experienced a resurgence in popularity and are now used in almost every room, from bedrooms to bathrooms. For interior designer Emma Sims Hilditch, it can be an important addition that works well in older homes, but shouldn’t be ruled out in more modern properties either. “Wallpaper is the perfect finishing touch for modern homes, as it adds dimension to rooms that would otherwise feel flat,” she says.
Combine different styles of seating for an eclectic look
Although most of us have moved on from three-piece suites, there may still be a temptation to stock up on similarly styled furniture. But the key to a balanced look is variety, says Foley. “There are chairs that are a little higher, chairs that are a little lower, backs of different shapes, some with arms, some without arms, etc. It is important to have variety in terms of how the elements are arranged. “They relate to each other,” he says. “What you want is for your eyes to not be running around the room at the same height. Think about how the music rises and falls and has some sort of rhythm. It’s a kind of combination that we enjoy in our lives, and interior decoration is no exception.”
Combining patterns from different styles, such as florals, stripes, and plaids, is essential to a quintessentially British style. “Patterns are best combined with a variety of other patterns, but use similar colors to create harmony,” suggests Viele-Grennie. It is also important to have a balance. “If you have large floral patterns, try pairing them with smaller patterns,” says Dickinson. “Checks and stripes are friends. They’re very useful and an easy way to incorporate different patterns. Every color in your color scheme doesn’t have to be on every fabric, and the fabrics don’t have to match exactly .”