Interior Design Secrets Revealed

Interior Design Secrets Revealed
February 16, 2017 Philippa
Dining room designed by Topology Interiors

I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I look at rooms that have been designed by a professional, I wish I knew some of the tricks they use to create such beautiful spaces. Which is why I’m so excited to be able to share this post which has been written exclusively for us, by Athina Bluff, founder of the brilliant interior design service, Topology Interiors.

Topology was set-up by Athina in 2015, while she was working for Kelly Hoppen, as she realised from talking to the customers that there was a lack of guidance for people who wanted affordable interior design advice, but still wanted a designer look. A few months down the line Topology was up and running, now with the help of designer Amy who works remotely in Berlin. Together the Topology team are on a mission to help people create the homes of their dreams without breaking the bank, by providing interior design packages from as little as £75 which offer access to trade discounts, mood boards, furniture lists and more.

So, without further ado, here are Athina’s top interior design secrets revealed!

1. Use Three Statement Pieces Per Room

When working with clients, we only ever invest in a few key statement pieces. This could be a large mirror, a striking pendant light or a bold print. We find that your attention is immediately grabbed by these items which means you can source more neutral looking items to pad out the rest of the room but still create that ‘wow’ impact. Here are a few statement pieces we love from The Maker Place – the Hive sideboard, the Split Skyline art print, the Toro shelf and the Peg It All pegboard in blue.  

2. Texture, Texture, Texture

Playing with textures is vital for any room. It’s like playing with colour. Our favourite combination is mixing linens with velvets. Because their textures are so different it’s beautiful visually, especially if you introduce this rule on a bed or sofa. Think velvet cushions and linen bedding or sofa.

3. Use An Accent Colour

Every room should have some sort of accent colour, be it very obvious or very subtle. Pick a colour you like and use it around your room. This doesn’t mean you should buy a blue light, blue curtains, blue cushions and blue rug. Instead find different shades of it of it (e.g. blue, teal, aqua, navy etc) and let this colour flow around the room effortlessly.

4. Don't Be Afraid of The Dark

So many people think that going dark means your space is going to look small. This is not the case; in fact if designers want to make a room appear cosy, darker colours are often the shades we flock to as it adds depth in corners, almost as if you can’t see them, making the space look bigger. As long as you don’t cramp it with dark homeware as well, then you’ll be surprised at what a dark colour can achieve for your space.

5. Trick Your Eyes

One of my favourite tricks of the trade is to opt for furniture that is slightly raised off the ground, be this a sofa, chair, stool etc. That bit of space between the object and the furniture piece, creates the illusion of space and tricks the eye into thinking the space is much larger than it actually is.
One example is the Sidelined cabinet by Jon Mitchell from The Maker Place.

So, there you have it, the interior design tricks that really work to help you create a more beautiful space. Thanks so much to Athina for sharing them – I’ve certainly learnt a few things I’ll be trying out! If you’re looking for more design advice, Topology offers a brilliant way to get professional advice and designs that work for your home. You can find them at and on Instagram at @topologyinteriors. They have also recently featured The Maker Place on their website and are currently offering a 15% discount off everything on The Maker Place – here’s the link to get the code!

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Comments (6)

  1. Stephanie Robinson 11 months ago

    Definitely texture – I think that’s the thing we forget mostly. And love that beef picture, how fab is that? #homeetc

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      Philippa 11 months ago

      Thanks Stephanie – yes I love it too – it’s definitely a statement piece! 🙂 x

  2. I love this Phillippa — particularly number 4!! We’ve just painted our snug in F&B Down Pipe and it’s made it look and feel SO much bigger. It’s bizarre — you’d think it would be the opposite but the paler colour did the room no favours at all! Fab tips 🙂 #HomeEtc

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      Philippa 11 months ago

      Thanks Caro 🙂 Yes I love the pictures of your snug – it looks amazing wth the dark colour. I’m definitely inspired to do the same! x

  3. Ooo, I love a good insight in to how the experts approach interior design. I’m forever faffing and moving things around our home but I often think parts of our house end up looking good by accident rather than by design.

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      Philippa 11 months ago

      Ha I know that feeling! Sometimes half the fun is spending time playing around with things until they look right, but it’s also good to know a few shortcuts as well I think! Thanks for reading x

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