SIX DESIGN RULES EVERY HOUSEHOLD NEEDS TO ABIDE

Organise your clutter

Messy spaces seize to create a uniform and cohesive look. Organise your clutter – even books and papers should look pretty. Make sure not to go to the other extreme of leaving shelves and units bare. This gives the impression of an empty and unused home.

Well decorated shelving

Reflect your experiences on your walls

Give personality to your space by placing art and pictures that are personal to you and bring a feeling of nostalgia. Memories from travels, photos of friends and other pieces that reflect who you are will make your space that bit more homely.

MemoryWall

Feng-Shui – It’s instinctive

Trust your gut when it comes to the positioning and layout of your furniture. Your sense will tell you whether you feel right sitting on a sofa with your back to the door, or if the bed should be positioned to the left or the right of the window.

Feng Shui creates balance and a natural flow of circulation

Always wash the dishes and make your bed

Two things that should never be debatable. If you have unexpected guests over, having your bedroom and kitchen clear of mess will give you a lasting impression, not to mention the warm feeling you get going into a made up bed after a long day!

Making the bed is the finishing touch for every bedroom. Ivanka Trump's New York City bedroom.  copy

Create an ambience by playing around with lighting

There is nothing that says ‘a thought-out home’ more than correct lighting. Make sure you have different lighting options depending on the space. Use a mix of ceiling, floor and task lighting to create shadows and moods and to accentuate spaces.

Lighting can be fun! Quirky brand Moooi's London Showroom.

 

Practicality is Key

We all fall in the trap of impulse buying when we see something we cannot live without. Yet, we must always keep these things in mind:

  • Do I need it?
  • Will I use it?
  • Do I already know where it fits in my home?

If the answer is ‘yes’ to all three, then you’re most likely making a wise choice. If not, reconsider!