This House Is Not a Home: 5 Instant Interior Design Wins

Interior Design

Is your home’s dowdy interior dragging you down? Is your bathroom less welcoming than the communal wash area of a high security prison? Does your kitchen resemble the refectory of a crumbling Victorian high school? Do you wander limply from room to room wailing at the ghastliness of the wallpaper? Are your dreams filled with manic Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen’s chasing you through B&Q with a colour chart?

If so, it’s high time you put on your decorating cap. But before you sigh dejectedly at the thought of paint flecks peppering your clothes and wince at the prospect of bashing your shin off the ladder for the umpteenth time, you need some inspiration. Thankfully, our instant interior design wins are on hand to help you make some swift changes to your home’s decor without calling the Changing Rooms team in floods of tears …

(Photo above by Ronald Cadiz for Design Scene)

1. Learn to Accessorise

When it comes to dotting accessories around your home, the choices are endless. From bespoke mirrors and photo frames to design mats for the floor and decorative stickers for the wall, it’s incredible quick and easy to give your home’s interior an instant shot in the arm.

2. Search for Affordable Artwork

We’d all love a bona fide Picasso hanging on our toilet wall, but most of us tend to stick to tried and tested generic prints. Shake yourself out of this rut, though, by checking out art fairs or your local university’s degree show where you can possibly pick up a bargain from an up and coming artist.

3. Smell the Flowers Unless

your heart is made of stone, you’ll agree that flowers add a real air of relaxation and luxury to any space. As a result, try making a simple arrangement for your coffee table and benefit from the splashes of colour and agreeable scents emanating from your leafy companion.

4. Embrace Symmetry

You may not know it, but a sense of symmetry in a room can foster a luxurious feel for very little money. How? By carefully placing your furniture in a symmetrical position, alongside matching your picture frames and placing your accessories in pairs. Simple.

5. Overhaul Your Doors

One of the easiest ways to upgrade the design of your interior is by giving your doors an overhaul. This can mean adding a new letterbox or knocker to your front door or opting for some art deco handles for interior doors. Whatever way you decide to go, though, it’s a quick and easy win.

Kate Moss

Kate Moss for Stella McCartney Fall Winter 2014.15

Daria Werbowy

Daria Werbowy for WSJ Magazine September 2014