Throughout the month I’ll be peppering the blog with snippets from my Design Schools, little AA takeaways if you will! These are a few of my favourite tips to add oodles of style to your pad. I’ll also be turning the floor over to you guys to see what you think too.

Before I begin I just want to mention that there is no wrong or right here. One look isn’t cooler than the other – it comes down to personal choice. And I have certainly dabbled in both! The biggest thing I preach in my classes is confidence – giving people the confidence not to self-doubt, second-guess or put something on hold because they think it won’t work. Do it, try it and get off the fence is my mantra.

Lots of people love symmetry and I can see why. First of all it’s an easy look to pull off. It immediately feels balanced, ordered and stylish. A great look I should say if you have a focal point to decorate around like a fireplace or built in bookcases.

A word of warning though – in order to prevent the room looking too prim keep things askew – otherwise it will feel way too snooty. By this I mean have a floor lamp off to the side, an odd grouping of art on a wall or a cluster of different cushions on a sofa.

Super unstructured, casual and if I’m honest more up my street. It’s the freedom of asymmetry I love. I find it gives me the freedom to arrange in a non-structural way – working in far-flung finds whenever I so wish. Having said that I would advise to reign in the colour palette (how many times do I say that a week) because otherwise it can feel a bit magpie ish and messy.

There are examples from my own decorating above, so scroll through the pics and let me know – which do you guys prefer? Do you think one approach works better in certain rooms or styles?

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