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Rule-breaking ideas to take your interior style up a dial

Forget what you think you know. Turn off that voice in your ear and ignore your inner goodie-two-shoes – these 6 interior style rules were made to be broken…(our stylist said so!)


Don’t clash prints and patterns

Rubbish. Zebra print, botanicals and Turkish rugs can sit side-by-side. Actually, they should. To achieve an eclectic look that’s also somehow cohesive, choose prints which repeat certain key colours, although not in an obvious way. So take the zebra print and choose other textiles which include some black, or some white, or both, and add a piece of black furniture, a black pot, a white side table….you get the idea…for style that appears effortless without trying too hard.

L – R: Whisper Blink Navy Rug, Flynn Miranda Table Lamp, Emilio Polo Woody Papatya Chair, Handmade Overdyed Turkish Rug, Avril Gilmore Mondo Round Rug, Cat Coquillette Alpaca Framed Print, Aziza Framed Print, Zirka Patterned Rug, Artificial Monsteria Plant, Avril Gilmore Dunes Framed Print, Cowhide Rug Stencilled Zebra, Luna Cushion


Small spaces need petite pieces

Not true. Buy the largest sofa that’s sensible for the room size instead to add the illusion of space. There’s something dinky about compact sofas in cosy spaces, making everything look, well…smaller, which is why stylists suggest choosing a sofa that fills the space, but still leaves room to move. A modular solution, curvy or L-shaped sofa which can slot into a corner is often a handy option for smaller spaces, and one roomy sofa with a smaller side or armchair works better than a two-seater sofa with multiple armchairs clustered around it.

L – R: Hastings 3.5-seater sofa, Portia 3.5-seater sofa with chaise, Brownsville sofa with chaise, Menzies 3.5-seater sofa, Kenneth Dahl Marine sofa with chaise, Alison Gay Diego Curve Sofa, Barossa 3-5-seater sofa with chaise, Diva modular sofa with ottoman. 


Stick to one theme throughout the house

Boring. Better to add unexpected elements such as a mid-century sofa in an edgy, urban setting. You don’t have to spend long poring through photos of stylists’ personal spaces to see they rarely design their homes around one exclusive look. Rather than wholly Hamptons, or saturated Scandi, they’ll often have an underlying style and then add fave elements from other eras or looks to ensure there’s something surprising about their style.

L – R: Queenie Chair, Christian Rudolph Christiansen Retro Curved Sofa, United Strangers Mac Sofa, Replica Finn Juhl Sideboard, Mario Mazzer Armonia Easy Chair, Matrix Sofa with Chaise, Replica Eero Saarinen Tulip Dining Table in Concrete, Round Jute Natural Tessellate Rug, Replica Grant Featherston Contour Dining Chair, United Strangers Oslo Credenza


Never mix your metals

Maybe once upon a time. Today blending is better, so add an unexpected metal to the mix and watch it shine. And while this typically doesn’t mean fill the house with shiny gold and glistening chrome side by side, we’re loving mixing different toned metals, such as matte gold with polished nickel, or burnished brass alongside antique silver and distressed black metal on legs of chairs and on-trend tables.

L – R: Lucy side table, Brick House entertainment unit, Candy Bar Stool, Miles Dining Table, Replica Harry Bertoia stool pony premium version, Replica Philippe Starck Masters Chair, Wings Brass Credenza, Replica Xavier Pauchard Tolix Stool, Elton Bar Cart, Aimee Drinks Trolley


Chairs should match

Quite the opposite. Mismatched is where it’s so embrace eclectic and change up your dining chairs. Whether you opt for a bunch of the same chair in a riotous rainbow of colours, pick different chair designs in coordinating hues, or add a few vintage finds alongside mid-century icons and modern must-haves, it’s the stylists’ secret to creating a delightful dining setting that stands out for all the right reasons.

One timber tone is best

Why? We love contrasting timber tones, so pair dark and blonde timbers to your heart’s content. Whether you choose to keep key pieces in one tone, such as an oak sideboard and dining table, with a walnut accent table nearby, or just mix it all up in an ad-hoc fashion, if you use textiles to tie it all together, such as rugs beneath the sofa and dining tables, or throw rugs and cushions in cohesive colourways, you’ll be on track to achieve a bold blend that’s bang on trend.

L – R: Replica Moebius Coffee Table, United Strangers In the Flesh Side Table, Replica Eames Dining Chair DCW, Jarrow Industrial Dining Table, Konrad 2 Door 2 Drawer Cabinet, Replica Alvar Aalto Barstool K65, Stockholm Console Table, Abramo Desk, Replica Eero Saarinen Tulip Dining Table in Timber

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