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5 interior design secrets you need to know

Interior design is more than slapping paint on the walls. No clue where to start? Apply the tricks of the design trade and you'll have a room ready for its glossy mag close-up.

Lockdown life has been deathly dull, and looking at the same walls 24/7 or months on end has left us hankering for something new. Cue hours of research on Pinterest, pondering paint colours and magazine flicking. But before you pick up a paint brush, we quizzed interior designer Victoria Wilson to reveal five fail-safe design tricks used by the pros. Over to yo Victoria…


open plan living space with geometric rug

For instant wow add a rug! They anchor a room and infuse it with personality, style and warmth. They also create soft texture, colour and pattern. When it comes to rugs size does matter, the bigger the rug the better, if you skimp on size then your room will look smaller. Try and get a rug that will be large enough so at least the front legs of the furniture are on it.

It’s worth looking at what you already own and whether a rug you have elsewhere might work in a different space. If you’re starting a room from scratch, get the rug first. It’s a big impactful piece that ties a design together. If you wait until you’ve placed the final throw cushion, you could search for months before the perfect rug can be sourced. (Though, you could go with something neutral until the rug gods grant you a better choice).

Just like fashion, layering is an interior trick too – and perfect for rugs. Jute rugs work well layered, with a smaller patterned rug placed on top.


Dark green wall with large round mirror and small sun burst mirror

Mirrors don’t just add a decorative touch to a room they’re also the perfect solution for making spaces feel brighter and larger. Mirrors come in all shapes and sizes so adhere to your decorating style, if your style is more modern, overlook a rustic, wooden frame and opt for a metal design with a sleek frame. 

You could also try a grouping, Hanging a group of mirrors on a wall is an easy way to add character. Just make sure to hang them in the same manner as artwork, where the proportion is taken into consideration. Having equal space between each mirror is key. 


Monochrome living room

Odds win over evens – ALWAYS! Whether you are styling objects on a shelf, cushions on the sofa or pictures on walls. Odd numbers force your eyes to move around the grouping and by extension the room. Three is the magic number when it comes to grouping non-matching items. If you prefer your décor to match you could have three of the same item in different sizes. 


There are sooooo many reasons why you should give upcycling a go. Breathing new life into an old piece of furniture is better for the environment, your pocket and creates bespoke, personalised pieces that suit your tastes and your needs. These are the pieces your friends will notice and admire, not your flat-pack furniture. If you already have an old chest of drawers or stool in the garage why spend money on something new? It’s so satisfying to sit down and put your glass of rosé on the upcycled coffee table that you’ve spent three hours in the garden working on with your kids, having a laugh, learning new skills and saving something from landfill. Preparation is important. Use the right paint and products to achieve a high-quality finish.


white bedroom with lots of green plants

Plants are the ultimate sign of life in a home or workspace. Whether you’re a plant goddess or have a black thumb, team real or team faux, there’s no denying that adding greenery into your home will improve it. They boost your mood, productivity, concentration and creativity. The real ones, clean indoor air and can also provide privacy. Bring the outside in and add a blast of fresh, vibrant colour. If you’re going down the real route, it’s best to get advice on the conditions they like and how often you need to water them. Warning, plant life can be addictive and, before you know it, your living room can look like Kew Gardens.

Need help creating a room you love? Enter our amazing competition to win a room designed by Victoria Willson Interiors.

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