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22 May 2017

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“I had to choose a classic design for the Decoupage…”

Yes, the world of interior design can be intimidating. Some people believe it will set them back an arm and a leg – and some just believe they lack any know-how on the matter. However, interior design doesn’t have to be a skill owned only by the experts.

There are lots of creative industries out there that overlap with design. Many even inform the DIY basics. If you’re a fashionista, or just any artist, we bet you’re familiar with combining Panton colours and matching patterns on a day-to-day.

The truth is, many creative industries are intrinsically linked. If you’re able to put together a good outfit, you’re able to put together a room. Here are five reasons why.


If you understand the importance of fit and tailoring in an outfit, you’ll be able to understand why the right length of curtains and the proper scale of furniture is crucial to good design. If you’re wearing an oversized, slouchy sweater, it’s likely it will only look good when contrasted with skinny jeans, a fitted top or mini skirt.

Wearing it with a flouncy floor-length skirt and ski boots will swamp your body. The point is, if you’re using one oversized piece, use it as a statement and contrast it with neater, small-scale pieces to add balance.


Every fashionista knows that texture makes an outfit. Leather, denim, linen, velvet, lace… often a mix of a few. Texture adds incomparable interest and soul to a space and can be easily updated with the seasons or as the use of the room changes.

In interior form, texture can go beyond fabrics and be used in the form of timber, metal, brick, glass etc. Without a combination or at least two or three textures, the room will look flat and lifeless.


If you know the difference between dressing for a job interview and dressing for a night on the town, you have an understanding of tone. Apply the same logic to decorating and you’ll achieve the perfect mood for each space.

For example, for a formal living or dining room, dark colours, clean lines and quality timeless materials are what you should be working with. For a kid’s room or den, slouchy, machine washable pieces are your friend.


There may be no such thing as Spanx for living rooms, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do some disguise work. Are you cursed with ugly piping in the corner of a room? Hide it with a room divider.

Poorly laid flooring? Layer some Persian rugs, hippy style. For something even simpler, use a decorative wooden box to contain remote controls on your coffee table.

Flauntin’ it

On the other hand, if there’s something that you think deserves to be shown off, make sure you do just that! Draw attention to a vintage leather sofa by positioning it in the centre of the floor instead of up against the wall where the back of it will be hidden.

If you’re lucky enough to have original sash windows, don’t overwhelm them with voluminous, pattern-heavy curtains. Create a focal point around a range by tiling the area around it.

Beside it, display some of your finest wares on open-shelving rather than forgetting about them in a cabinet.


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