How to use textures in interior design

How to use textures in interior design

How to use textures in interior design

In the world of interior design, textures play a pivotal role in creating visually engaging and inviting spaces. The art of mixing and matching textures is a skill that can elevate the aesthetics of any room, adding depth, character, and a touch of luxury. The key lies in striking a balance and letting the textures work together to create a cohesive and inviting environment. Here’s a glimpse into some of the textural elements can be used.

Diverse fabrics to create movement

One of the most effective ways to introduce texture is through fabrics. Experiment with a mix of fabrics like velvet, linen, wool, and silk. Consider combining smooth and plush textures with more tactile and rough fabrics. A velvet sofa paired with a chunky knit throw, for example, can create a nice contrast that not only looks appealing but also adds a sensory dimension to the space.


Balance hard and soft surfaces

Incorporate a balance of hard and soft surfaces to create a harmonious blend. Pair sleek, glossy surfaces with soft, matte textures. For instance, a glass coffee table on a plush rug or a polished stone countertop juxtaposed with wooden chairs. This interplay of opposing textures not only adds visual interest but also ensures a well-rounded design.


Natural elements for timeless appeal

Bring the outdoors in by incorporating natural textures like wood, stone, or rattan. These materials add warmth and a timeless quality to your interior. Consider a wooden accent wall, stone countertops, or rattan furniture to infuse a touch of nature’s textures into your living space.


Layering for depth

Layering different textures is a key technique in achieving a multidimensional look. Combine smooth with rough, shiny with matte, and coarse with fine. Incorporate throw pillows, blankets, and rugs in varied textures to create a rich and inviting atmosphere.


The power of plasterwork

Plaster can be molded into intricate patterns and designs, offering a wide range of decorative possibilities. Whether it’s ornate cornices, elegant ceiling medallions, or decorative wall panels, plasterwork allows for the creation of unique and bespoke elements that add character, movement and sophistication to any interior.


Statement wall treatments

Experiment with textured wall treatments to make a bold statement. Consider wallpaper with raised patterns, textured paint, or even reclaimed wood paneling. These additions not only serve as focal points but also add an extra layer of visual intrigue to your space.


Festive tablescape ideas

Festive tablescape ideas

Festive tablescape ideas

Tablescaping is a big passion of us. We love a good mise en place, it’s a powerful way to dress a space, and we have been using it across different fields, from art exhibitions to interiors. So we couldn’t resist curating some product ideas for a luxurious festive tablescape.


Whether you prefer colourful and lively, cool and elegant, frivolous and fun, or the more traditional. As a general rule, layering is a key element. It adds texture and visual interest and gives the eye plenty to play with.

Now, these are some of our picks:


Now when it comes to plates, the dinner plate is the most important plate on the table from a practical standpoint. You can do without a charger or a salad plate but you need a dinner plate. We usually tend to have at least three plates in the plate stack, a charger, a dinner plate, and a salad plate but even just one plate can be enough for a perfect tablescape.

Here are our hot picks: Royal Copenhagen has a star-fluted Christmas collection adorned with historic decorations that will set immediately the festive tone.

For something a bit less decorated, the Pearl white collection with a beaded edge from Costa Nova is a very elegant touch.

If you instead like a vintage Italian vibe, the Achille collection from Skye McAlpine is a true treat!



How to set them? Stemware usually forms a triangle: the water glass sits above the dinner knife, the white-wine glass is to its right, and the red-wine glass is above them.
Our pick is the Star Champagne coupes from The Vintage List at Liberty. They are hand-blown and hand-engraved and super elegant.


Tablecloth & napkin

Our mums would say that there is no tablescape without a tablecloth. It adds softness and a degree of formality to dining, but it also helps set the scene.

Amber+Willow has a selection of beautiful tablecloths, including some ruffled ones, for a truly whimsical Christmas tablescape.

Looking for something with a fun side? Go for the Red Lobster napkin from Lottie Day.



For a gorgeous botanical tablescape, don’t forget some living elements. Take a stroll through your yard or garden and scout out some pretty herbs, flowers, ferns, and other foliage. Adding a mix of elements at various heights creates dimension, with staggered heights across the table.

We like to pair some greenery with beautiful fabric trimming. They could be used in combination with the napkin or to enhance a centrepiece.

Schumacher has a wide selection of lovely trimmings, embroidered, with fringe, and braided, catering for any taste!


Happy festive season!


How to make your home feel bigger – 6 interior tips

How to make your home feel bigger – 6 interior tips

How to make your home feel bigger – 6 interior tips

In today’s urban living, maximizing space is a key challenge for many homeowners. However, with the right interior design techniques, you can create the illusion of a larger space, making your home feel more open and inviting.


Incorporating some tips into your interior design approach, you can create a home that not only looks spacious but also feels like a comfortable and inviting haven. Read below how to make the most of your space:

Let the light come inside

Opting for natural light, whenever possible, is a great way to make your space feel larger. Use sheer curtains or blinds to allow sunlight to filter through, giving the room an airy and open feel. Additionally, strategic placement of mirrors can reflect light, making the space seem larger and more vibrant.

Consider functional furniture

Invest in furniture that serves multiple purposes. For example, a sofa with hidden storage or a coffee table that can double as a desk. This not only reduces clutter but also maximizes the functionality of each piece, making the room feel more organized and spacious.

Less is more

A clutter-free space appears larger. Be selective about the items you display and keep surfaces clean. Consider incorporating storage solutions like shelves and cabinets to keep belongings out of sight, creating a more streamlined and open environment.

Surprise element

One of the biggest reasons people hire interior designers to do up their homes is because they love the surprise element. Interior designers bring a sense of style and aesthetics to think outside the box, making your home more appealing and functional. Their knowledge of design trends and timeless classics enables them to customize your space according to your personal aesthetic.

Use the vertical space

Take advantage of vertical space to draw the eye upward, giving the illusion of height. Floor-to-ceiling shelving or tall furniture pieces can create a sense of grandeur and openness. This draws attention away from the limited floor space.

Scale and Proportion

Choose furniture and decor that are proportionate to the size of the room. Oversized furniture can make a space feel cramped, while appropriately scaled pieces contribute to a balanced and open atmosphere.




7 compelling reasons to hire an interior designer

7 compelling reasons to hire an interior designer

7 compelling reasons to hire an interior designer

We know people often question why they would need to hire an Interior Designer when there is so much inspiration out there to be easily accessible such as Pinterest, Instagram, or even simply Google. For this reason, the choice to engage an interior designer is frequently met with hesitation.


Some may see it as an unnecessary expense, assuming they can manage the task independently. However, the advantages of hiring a professional interior designer far surpass the initial investment. Keep reading to discover 7 compelling reasons why you should consider involving an interior designer in your project:

Save your money

Contrary to common belief, hiring a designer can help you stick to your budget. With industry connections and negotiation skills, an interior designer can secure the best deals on furnishings and materials, ultimately saving you money in the long run. They also assist in preventing expensive mistakes. There is something to be said for “measuring twice and ordering once,” the margin of error is reduced when working with a designer, so the investment is more likely to yield a better result.

A trained eye

With in-depth knowledge of design principles, colour theory, and spatial arrangements, an interior designer brings a wealth of expertise to the table. They have an eye for detail and pay extra attention to aspects of the home that a homeowner may not. From furniture and lighting to textures and accessories, an interior designer considers all the elements, ensuring that the entire space harmonizes seamlessly.

On time and on budget

Rather than starting a project on your own and not knowing how much the final cost will be. an interior designer compiles a detailed Schedule of Works with cost breakdowns and timelines. Coordinating with vendors, contractors, and artisans,  ensures the project is completed within the specified time and budget.

Surprise element

One of the biggest reasons people hire interior designers to do up their homes is because they love the surprise element. Interior designers bring a sense of style and aesthetics to think outside the box, making your home more appealing and functional. Their knowledge of design trends and timeless classics enables them to customize your space according to your personal aesthetic.

Save your time

Time is a precious commodity, and embarking on a home design project can be time-consuming. An interior designer streamlines the process, saving you valuable time and ensuring a more efficient project timeline, thanks to their full-time commitment to the job.

Reliable network

Most interior designers boast a large and reliable network of collaborators, including handymen, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, and other vendors. This network, built over years of experience, ensures timely and expert execution of various project components. That way, you don’t have to worry about whether your new cabinets will arrive on time or if the tiling has been executed correctly.

Maximize Property Value

While many homeowners tend to focus on what they can see in front of them, professionals know how to look ahead. Beyond the immediate visual impact, interior designers consider the long-term value. Their expertise in products, layouts, and functionality that add value to a property can significantly increase its resale value, attracting potential buyers with a visually pleasing and well-designed home.




Ideas for an autumn interior décor

Ideas for an autumn interior décor

Ideas for an autumn interior décor

The fall comes with an array of beautiful colours, from orange and terracotta to mustard yellow, mushroom brown and all the shades in between.  

An easy and cost-effective way to add a cosy and warm atmosphere to your interiors is by simply adding these colours into your home. Pair them with neutrals, grey, creams or moss green for an elegant and subtle colour combination. Or go bold and rich, using darker tones like wine red, burnt orange, and ochre to create an opulent effect. 


 If you don’t want to start painting walls, you can incorporate an autumn palette in your decorations, from cushions to throws and blankets, from flowers to ceramics and artworks. Here below some decoration ideas to cosy-up your home: 

Give a new look to your cushions

Want to refresh the sofa? An effortless way to add seasonal accents is by changing the cushion covers. Introduce some moody and rust hues and include some velvets. Soho Home has some beautiful patterned ones. You could go with a full block of colour, or experiment with pattern and texture: why not mix velvet with some chunk linen to add a bit of character?

Change your bedroom décor

Replace the lightweight sheet with some cosy bedding. Pick a soft bedspread with warm and earthy tones, or simply arrange a fluffy blanket over the bed, to create an immediate autumnal feeling. Head over to Piglet in Bed if you are thinking of snuggling into some linen bedding.

Introduce autumnal scents

The smell is a powerful sense, able to evoke feelings and memories almost instantly.

If you are a fan of candles and diffusers, this is the time to go shopping for some autumn-scented ones. Bergamot, apple, cinnamon and nutmeg, these autumn scents will bring the extra dose of ambience your home needs. If you want to mix it up a bit, include some candlestick. They look very charming on the coffee table, or even the dining table to give a cosy vibe. You can pair them with some nice coloured candles! We recently discovered the ones from Khoal.

Flower power

If you like flowers in the house, swap them for more autumnal ones. Instead of a fresh bouquet, why not use some dried ones? Branches, dried flowers, or pampas grass, with their muted colours are a perfect addition for a fall vibe. And they last longer, so you will also save some pennies. Just take some extra care in the maintenance, they will need to be managed with caution to avoid breaking.

Get creative with fabrics

Add some home accessories like throws and rugs, they help soften a room while increasing the sense of cosiness. How to choose? A flurry blanket or a knitted one styled on the sofa and a shaggy rug will create immediately a real sense of autumnal cosiness. Fabrics add layers to your furniture and décor and help break sharp edges.