DO FIXTURES HAVE TO MATCH FROM ROOM TO ROOM? FOR EXAMPLE, I HAVE
SILVER TOUCHES IN MY DINING ROOM AND GOLDEN FRAMES AND LIGHTS IN
MY LIVING ROOM. THEY CONNECT THROUGH A DOORWAY BUT ARE NOT ENTIRELY
OPEN TO EACH OTHER.
The traditional rule of thumb in interior design, is that you shouldn’t mix your metals. As far as I am concerned, some rules are there to be broken, and this is certainly one of them. Personally I adore an eclectic, mixed metal look. This is something that is very on trend at the moment and if done carefully can be truly timeless. For a sleek harmonious space, mix metals with ever so slight differentiations in shade and tone. For instance, a silver with a pale gold or soft shades of rose and yellow gold can look really nice together. For a more bold, high impact look, create
a statement by mixing cool and warm metals.
Cool silver next to a rich warm bronze, for example can be quite stunning. Whatever you do, when mixing metals you need to ensure that it looks like a deliberate and considered design decision and not a mistake. Where you mix, do so across the entire space and not just in one item.
MY HOUSE HAS VERY LOW CEILINGS, HOW CAN I ADD HEIGHT TO THE ROOMS ?
There are lots of simple design tricks you can use to make your ceilings appear a bit higher than they are. Here are a few of them:
• Paint your walls and cornices in the same color. Typically, the ‘done thing’ is to have white ceilings and cornices. Visually this cuts your walls off at cornice level and make them seem that bit shorter. Doing the reverse, ie taking
your wall paint through to the cornices, will elongate them slightly.
• If you can, take your curtains all the way up to the ceiling. Hanging curtains just above your windows has a dwarfing effect. Long elegant drapes on the other hand, will give you the visual height you desire. Even if you have window blinds, a pair of dress curtains on either side can achieve the same effect. Be sure to keep your curtain styles simple and fuss free.
• Vertical stripes. Cliché as it sounds, just as vertical stripes make people look taller and slimmer, so also is the effect they have on your interior spaces.
• Stay away from low hanging light fittings. This might sound obvious but I hate to take anything for granted. Avoid pendant lights and chandeliers that will emphasize the height limitations in your home. Keep ceiling light fittings simple and minimal.