The interior designer and co-founder of Timney Fowler is known for her monochrome style and collections for Marks & Spencer.
Black and white may be my personal style, but it's as much about the philosophy behind monochrome as it is about the colours. You can work with the softest hues but still achieve contrast, clarity and a graphic effect.
Don't be bound by rules.
Take risks, make mistakes and learn. I'm a natural rebel. My art-school education has very much influenced my approach.
Write down your goal.
No matter how many tangents you take, this single sentence will remind you of your original intent.
Look to the things you own for inspiration.
If there's a painting that you love, use it as the basis for your colour palette.
I adore stripes, but beware of using them on a wall that isn't perpendicular.
If you do choose a wall where the ceiling isn't at a right angle to it, add a plain border of a tonal colour and finish the stripe before it hits the slanted ceiling.
You don't have to display everything.
Curate your possessions. If possible, keep a small space or room for storage and rotate your art and objets.
Use your intuition and buy at the lower end of the market.
I always go to the graduate art and design shows. Not only are you supporting up-and-coming creatives, but you may stumble across something that becomes more valuable in the future.
Colour is always a good starting point.
Before doing anything, take swatches and paint cards into the space you are designing and consider how the colour works with the light and scale of the room.
Create an illusion of space in a small bathroom by mirroring.
It's a surprisingly effective technique and you can still fit cabinets and lights to mirrored surfaces.
If you're going to have a ceiling light, let it be a fabulous chandelier or pendant.
Twinkling downlights scattered across a ceiling make me want to walk straight out of a room.
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