9 Vogue-Approved Creatives On The Interior Design Rules Everyone Should Know

Buy the furniture you’ll use, not the furniture you think you’re supposed to have

“Always create spaces that work for the way you actually live and not the way you live in a fantasy version of your life. That might mean the rooms in your home don’t serve a traditional purpose, which is far better than precious space being wasted. Don’t feel obligated to create a guest bedroom and en suite that no one will ever use when the thing you desperately need is a giant walk-in wardrobe full of shoe racks and hidden storage.”

Don’t be afraid to reimagine an existing piece

“Don’t always feel you have to respect the color of a natural material, whether it be a piece of furniture or lighting. Be brave and bring a new lease of life to a piece by painting it in a fun color or by highlighting little details with a softer tone.”

Sandrine Zhang Ferron, founder of Interior

There’s no reason wooden furniture has to “match”

“A mixture of wood tones can look great if you ensure the pieces clash enough to create an eclectic feel. For example, a ’20s oak ladder-back chair can look right at home next to a mid-century teak dining table as long as both pieces are of beautiful quality, and the other itemsPierre Paulin sofas around them tie the space together.”

Forget about trends – especially when it comes to big purchases

“So many of us have these gorgeous Pierre Paulin sofas on our moodboards, but you live in a house, not a showroom. I bought one, and my couch is now pleasing only to my eyes; my back, my legs and the rest of me all despise it. It’s worth compromising on aesthetics to have something you’re actually keen to sit on.”

Laura Jackson, founder of Glassette

Choose pieces from different design eras

“There’s no reason to stick to a certain interior ‘era’ when decorating. I’ve always been a fan of mixing and matching; my own home is full of ’60s, ’00s and contemporary pieces. In general, I believe that taste is always subjective. There are no hard and fast rules – beyond decorating your home with what’s going to bring you joy everyday.”

Small rooms can benefit from maximalist décor

“A maximalist touch has the potential to give smaller rooms a mysterious, sexy vibe. A heavily printed wallpaper can make a bathroom feel like a treasure box, while high-gloss chocolate-brown walls in a bedroom evoke the decadent spirit of ’70s interiors. Shimmering fabrics, mirrors and accent pieces are a great way to bring in some light, too.”

Look beyond traditional knick-knacks and objects

“Think outside the box when decorating surfaces and walls. Quirkier objects can spark conversations. One of our most popular designs is our acquasantiera, a holy water font like those found in churches.”


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