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Ten tips on interior design from Linda Plant

Linda Plant at home (shot by Rich Hendry)
Linda Plant at home (shot by Rich Hendry)
  1. KEEP IT SIMPLE, MAKE IT INTERESTING – Don’t clutter. Mix traditional and modern; for example, a modern piece of art looks great in a classical setting. Don’t be afraid of bold colour and bold texture.
  2. SIZE MATTERS – Say goodbye to lots of little bits of furniture and hello to a couple of larger scale choice pieces.
  3. ACCESSORISE – The one accessory I couldn’t live without is white flowers – they bring life to a space. If in doubt, add white orchids – it never fails. I also love using groups of objects of different sizes as it creates interest.
  4. WALLS AND CEILINGS – Art is a must for creating interest and glamour. I like single large pieces but I also love the use of sets or collages. I always use a mix of framed and unframed, prints and oils. And remember, ceilings don’t have to be white.
  5. TEXTURE CONTRAST – I use texture everywhere. I often line my drapes in a contrasting fabric and use scatter cushions to transform a sofa armchair or a bed. I love wallpaper too because it adds warmth and interest. I just did a reception room where the main walls were a white textured paper and the chimney breast was a dark chocolate brown crocodile textured paper – the contrast looked sensational. Don’t forget the floor: if you have hard floors you have got to have amazing rugs. I mix super silky rugs with cheaper textured ones to make a visual impact.
  6. STORAGE, RETHINK IT – I like to transform a space to make it both decorative and useful; I recently turned a pair of alcoves into fabulous dark wood wine storage units. Try making a shelf into a feature too: a big criss-cross book shelf in a room can transform the room and become the centrepiece.
  7. MANTLE SHELVING – I love using these and extending them where possible. They are great areas for display and creating visual balance.
  8. 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 AND FIREPLACE – Add a fire where you can. Many fireplace companies are now making portable ones and you can use them as space dividers. 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, focal point ceiling and wall lights. And don’t forget candles.
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