Sophie Scott, Studio Skey
“One of our distinctive elements is using the same paint shade on walls, ceilings, woodwork and even cabinetry to create a more contemporary and cohesive feel, especially in period properties.
“If you don’t have the time or the budget to go all the way, you can use leftover paint to match a mirror frame or ceiling to the color of the walls in your room.”
Stencil a hand painted mural
Tiffany Duggan, Studio Duggan
“I asked one of my favorite artists, Julianna Byrne, to add some decorative flourishes to our studio, but with the help of a stencil (or a steady hand!), anyone can infuse a bit of personality into blank walls or simple furniture.
“Think checkerboard backs on bookshelves, hand-painted edging on drawer fronts, or Charleston-inspired accents on a mantelpiece or old cabinet.”
Get creative with tiling
Kemi Lawson, The Cornrow
“Tile is a brilliantly impactful way to brighten up a space. Make expensive tiles go further by mixing them with less expensive designs.
To get the most out of affordable tiles, lay them in non-standard ways, like simple monochromes placed randomly to give a bold graphic update to an old fireplace.
thecornrow.com; @thecornrow; @cottagenoir
Improve your frameset
“Anything can be elevated to ‘art’ status with the right framing and positioning, from a child’s painting to a club flyer or an art exhibit booklet.
“We recently used pages from cool and colorful zines, sourced from Hato Store (from £8), which we framed in simple oversized Muji frames (A3 frame £29.95).”
A special mirror adds portable fun
“Even the smallest room deserves a sense of glamour. We’ve decorated a shower room in east London that doubles as a guest toilet and wanted to surprise them with a fun curved rattan mirror from French brand AM/PM (£99).
“Hanging a mirror like this can make an entire room look decorated and can be taken with you if you move, so it’s good for tenants.”
“Add decorative moldings to enhance your space. It brings new life to bare walls, built-in storage or tired furniture and brings character to a room.
“Let the molding appear to ‘float’ a little above floor level for a premium finish.”
Transform your lighting with a paper lampshade
Emily Potter Studio Day Trip
“Hang a Japanese pendant lamp shade from Sansho (£84). Our homes are our own private sanctuaries; the beautiful materiality of the rice paper and the delicately diffused light will transform your room into a space of comfort and well-being.”
day trip.studio; @daytripstudio
Consider all the senses
Louisa Grey, House of Gray
“To rejuvenate and restore us, a home must satisfy all the senses, with tactile materials, soothing music and wonderful scents. But so many candles and diffusers are full of harmful ingredients, so look for organic products.
“We worked with olfactory design studio Aoiro to create Koto (£65), a scented room mist with a comforting and revitalizing blend of 100% organic essences.”
Sculptural ceramic adds personality
Ruby Kean, Atelier LK
“In our designs, the final layering of a piece is integral to creating intrigue and personality and we often achieve this with a selection of sculptural ceramics.
“These don’t have to be expensive to have an impact. We sometimes scour thrift stores, auctions, and online resources like eBay for containers with interesting shapes and glazes that will work with the larger room scheme.
Create a colorful and central focal point
Charlotte Rey, Campbell Rey
“Put stunning, fresh cut flowers in any room to make it welcoming and neat. It can be a supermarket of daffodils or a large bunch of buttercups.
“We like to use a large flared vase as a focal point, accompanied by smaller bud vases to bring joy to your home.”