Abi's Interior Styling Secrets

We all want to take our spaces to the next level, right? Well, you can’t do that with everything making sense, you have to add a dusting of magic.

The Interior Design world can be a little stuffy and hung up on the rules and principles of interior design, but when it comes to styling your own home you don't need a big budget, or need to follow any strict interior design rules, you need an open mind and a large amount of self belief. I'm going to give you some of my own interior design secrets so that you can create a home that makes your heart beat a little faster as soon as you turn the key in the door.

Make it Personal.

I am a firm believer that creating a stylish home is about surrounding yourself with things that you love and that resonate with the heart. Try not to follow trends or get caught up in what's hot and what's not. Whatever style your home is, it should feel like a place free from rules and authority where you can do whatever you like, and that you've escaped into your own universe.

Make it Personal

I am a firm believer that creating a stylish home is about surrounding yourself with things that you love and that resonate with the heart. Try not to follow trends or get caught up in what's hot and what's not. Whatever style your home is, it should feel like a place free from rules and authority where you can do whatever you like, and that you've escaped into your own universe.

Add Oversized Pieces.

I know, I say this a lot but the minute you add say an oversized painting or a super-large plant you provide instant dynamic and dramatic contrast. It is what makes a space feel unique and dramatic. By supersizing things it will take your space to the next level.

A real monochrome abstract statement piece. Our oversized Dillon Art Print looks amazing propped or hung and will tantalise the eye

The super tall and textural Laflin Lamp will glow you to play around with the scale of your room. Place on the floor or on a table for extra wow.

An oversized pot in a dark colour like the Belton will add instant drama, addd some supersized botanicals for extra impact.

Add Cushions and Drape your Throws.

I add patterned cushions and drape textured throws and sheepskins over sofas and chairs – it instantly makes my pad feel cosy, making it a sweet little spot to hang-out.

Tactile and Textured, the Glenn Cushion is a great way to introduce some pattern and contrasts perfectly with the plain boucle fabric of the Nola Armchair.

Mixing your textures like the slubby knit of the Maine Cushion works wonders with a sheepskin throw to create an enticing comforting vibe that beckons you to slump into it's soft and cosy nest.

The Malasana Sheepskin Throw immediately adds a comforting vibe and invites you to get cosy.

The More lamps the Merrier.

Lamps are a great way to create amazing ambience in any room. The more the better and in my opinion. I always recommend a minimum of 8 types of lighting for each room, which normally makes people gasp, but trust me, lighting has magical powers, adding depth and intrigue, drawing the eye and making a space look bigger, cosier and more inviting. You can also use them to highlight architectural features, artworks, bookshelves or cosy reading corners.

Wall Lamps can be used to add a soft evening glow to kitchen surfaces and highlight rustic ceramics and botanicals.

Lamps can be a feature in their own right like this Shaggy Palm which makes a textural statement even when it's not lit.

If plug sockets are a problem, battery operated LED Lamps can add a perfect pocket of glow in the darkest corners.

Add Wooden Accents

Wood immediately makes a space feel cosy. It dials down pristine looking rooms and I'm obsessed with the texture and feel that it injects into any space. From a great slab of wood such as one of my coffee tables, to wooden platters on my kitchen island - I love them. Don't overdo it though, it just needs to be a subtle accent.

This Mila Tray is perfect for popping in the kitchen for housing condiments and ingredients. Made from paulownia wood, the rustic design lends it a gorgeous earthy quality that contrasts so beautifully with the unique characteristics of the wood.

A small wooden stool like The Julian adds a handmade rustic vibe and is so versatile. Pop it next to the sofa, bedside or in the bathroom to add to house your essentials or add some extra height for a lamp or plant.

Accessories are a perfect solution if you are new to adding wooden elements to your decor. Beautifully carved sculpture adds personality and intrigue and will liven ups vignettes and shelves.

Use Scents.

I am scent-obsessed. Maybe it’s because my little family can at times be a tad smelly (mentioning no names, Monkey), so I burn incense, essential oils, have Santa Maria Novella potpourri everywhere and wash the floors with warm water and a drop of lavender oil. Nice. Scent can transform the feeling of your space and change the mood and vibe as well as having quite a dynamic effect on our emotional state. A hot new topic in the design world is 'Scentscaping' which means to use scent to differentiate and zone areas of your home to either stimulate and inspire or rest and relax. This is particularly helpful if you're working from home and you want to switch your space to make it feel more stimulating and productive. .

My Top Home Picks

Oversized round mirrors like this Jupiter mirror add instant drama. I use them all over my pad to create a stylish focal point and to reflect the light.

Botanicals are essential in every pad in my opinion. They add a connection to nature as well as softness and movement. pop them in an oversized rustic vase and voila, you have another focal point too.

Rugs rugs everywhere. I couldn't be without my abundance of rugs. They are a brilliant way to add pattern as well as texture.

Sculpture adds an arty vibe and can be a good way to reflect your own personality. These ceramic Lalaya sculptures contrast beautifully with Kua Lamp.

Things to Keep in Mind

You don't need to have a big budget or follow strict interior design principles to create a stylish and beautiful home. Always decorate from the heart to make space that reflects your personality. By following my own interior design secrets you can create your own dream house interior that's unique to you. Add statement pieces, play with pattern and texture and overdose on lamps and lighting and you will be amazed at how magical your home looks and feels.

Things to Keep in Mind

You don't need to have a big budget or follow strict interior design principles to create a stylish and beautiful home. Always decorate from the heart to make space that reflects your personality. By following my own interior design secrets you can create your own dream house interior that's unique to you. Add statement pieces, play with pattern and texture and overdose on lamps and lighting and you will be amazed at how magical your home looks and feels.