Interior designer Linda Plant has created beautiful spaces for celebs, royalty and fabulista worldwide.
These are her quick fix tips for creating a beautiful home…
- KEEP IT SIMPLE. MAKE IT INTERESTING Don’t over clutter the space. Mix traditional and modern; for example a modern piece of art looks great in a more classical setting. Don’t be afraid of bold colour and my personal love which is bold texture! I adore the power of neutral but you have got to have some contrast in there. Be brave!
- 2 . SIZE MATTERS I always go for scale because I love the ‘wow factor’. Start by getting rid of the clutter: Less is More. Say goodbye to lots of little cluttered bits of furniture and hello to a couple of scale choice pieces!
- 3 ACCESSORIES So important to bring life to your room. Follow the Less is More rule but again give scale to accessories. I love using groups of objects of different sizes as it creates interest. The one accessory I couldn’t live without: WHITE FLOWERS . They bring life to a space. If in doubt add white orchids! It never fails: I use them everywhere.
- 4 WALLS AND CEILINGS Don’t forget walls and ceilings. Art is a must for creating the interest and glamour you need. Back to scale I like to see large single pieces but I also love the use of sets or collages, there are lots on my website as examples of this . I always use a mix of framed and unframed, prints and oils – you can mix it all up and be daring. For your walls and ceilings if its paint there are some great colours out there, but I love to see contrast in my schemes even if it’s a neutral palette. It just looks smarter and more chic. Ceilings don’t have to be white.
- 5 TEXTURE CONTRAST I can never have enough; I use texture everywhere. I love wallpaper because it adds warmth and interest and is still a great backdrop – especially now there are so many fabulous papers and you can create jaw dropping feature walls. I just did a fabulous reception room the main walls were done in a white textured paper and the chimney breast was papered in dark chocolate brown crocodile textured paper – the contrast looked sensational. Speaking of contrast, I often line my drapes in a contrasting fabric it looks so interesting and smart . Fabulous scatter cushions transform a sofa armchair or a bed. (But not too many!) Don’t forget the floor too: if you have hard floors you have got to have amazing rugs. I mix super silk rugs with cheaper textured ones to make it visual.Whether it’s a chandelier or a super big shade, don’t skimp on it. Use a combination of floor lamps table lamps and focal point ceiling and wall lights. I follow my rule of scale here too but I hate small lights… Lights are a crucial part of your interior design. And Don’t forget candles – I love them (especially the big ones!)
- 6. STORAGE. RETHINK IT I just turned a boring pair of dining room alcoves into fabulous dark wood wine storage units. I like to transform space to make it both decorative and useful. We always need more storage in life! Or try making a shelf into a feature: a big criss-cross book shelf in a room can transform the room and became the centrepiece.
- 7. MANTLES SHELVING I love using these and extend them where possible. These are great areas for display and interest and create visual balance.
- 8 MIRRORS MIRRORS The simplest of all design solutions. I use them everywhere in every way: reflecting light, showing colours and small spaces in an interesting way. They are one of the least expensive ways of making magic and I couldn’t live without them.
- 9 FIRE. FIREPLACE Add a fire where you can! There are so many ways today to use them. Many fireplace companies are now making portable ones and you can use them as space dividers. I think they give a focal point to a room and a lovely glow on a winter’s day.
- 10 .FABULOUS LIGHTING Whether it’s a chandelier or a super big shade, don’t skimp on it. Use a combination of floor lamps table lamps and focal point ceiling and wall lights. I follow my rule of scale here too but I hate small lights… Lights are a crucial part of your interior design. And Don’t forget candles – I love them (especially the big ones!)
Linda Plant was shot by Rich Hendry