Fix up, look sharp: Interior design tips to sort your shit house!
November 23, 2016
Jenny Bond, interior designer extraordinaire, shares expert advice to fix décor disasters at Hobbywhores #1!
Hobbywhores was conceived in part because one of its founders signed up for a tech course in interior design. What followed was an exercise in farce with an art teacher showing us how to mix orange paint and telling us that we should paint our homes lime green and purple. So when Hobbywhores became a reality we sought out a lady into whose shop window we had often peeped, gazing at all the lovely wallpapers and fabrics, before going home to our shit houses and weeping. Jenny of Jenny Bond Interiors kindly agreed to give us a crash course in design basics and set us straight on whether Farrow & Ball genuinely is worth getting all sweaty about.
Don't start planning your room by picking a paint colour.
Never, ever allow a colour to dictate the design of your room. Plan your room around the most expensive, key pieces of furniture. They will be with you longer than the paint! You will always be able to find a colour to set these off.
Remember to consider the finish of your paint.
Make sure it is durable and that you prepare and finish the surfaces properly to ensure the paint can do its job. Little Greene is a great brand that we stock in Jenny Bond Interiors which is not only durable but has 40% more pigment and is environmentally friendly.
Think creatively with small, dark spaces.
Before you reach for the magnolia think about the impact you could create in a small space by painting it a darker or bolder colour. This can really trick the eye if done properly.
Sometimes your décor isn't the problem: think about functionality of the space.
If you have a room you never use or that is full of clutter, the chances are that you're not really not using it because of the décor. If you're not using a dining room, change it into something you will use - a reading room, a snug or a playroom.
Think about layout.
Don't leave room for a disco in the middle of your room. Think about creating cosy, sociable spaces.
How to pick a rug.
Obviously any old light bulb will light up a room but think about lighting in terms of general, task and accent. Use it to pick out a feature of your room, create a mood or to allow you to use the room more effectively.
Stop painting everything grey.
French Grey, Urbane Grey, Lead Colour, Mono, Lamp Black, Grey Teal.... I could go on! Try some colour!
Getting curtains right.
Accessory or clutter?
William Morris said that everything in your house should either be beautiful or useful. So make sure things you have fall into one of the two categories.
Find Jenny Bond Interiors on the Lisburn Road or check out her website here. Thanks Jenny for all your great advice - you are welcome at any of our houses any time to fix the messes we've made!