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
5. Trick Your Eyes
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 www.topologylondon.co.uk 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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