Basic Principles of Interior Design

  1. Do more with less

Clutter is the enemy of all good interior styling. While it’s tempting to display every piece of decor that takes your fancy, interior stylists know how to edit. If in doubt, we follow the Coco Chanel rule: “Take one thing off”. (We know she was talking about fashion, but the point still stands!). Clearing the clutter will help you feel calmer, and buying less “stuff” will certainly be easier on your wallet, too.

  1. Never choose style over function

That low-lying divan sofa you love may look incredible, but if you won’t be able to relax on it after a long day, leave it in the furniture store. At BOWERBIRD Interiors, although aesthetics are key, they never get in the way of a functional space. After all, feeling cosy in your own home is essential.

  1. Seek inspiration

Even the most experienced interior stylists look outwards for inspiration before they start a project. Compile online mood boards or scrapbooks, follow your favourite styling companies on Instagram or Pinterest and look for ideas in unexpected places. For example, we might springboard a whole design scheme off a single artwork or the property location.

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  1. Look to the light

Interior stylists are like moths, always attracted to the light and looking for a good lamp. An abundance of light will help your home look bigger and will brighten the ambience. This is particularly important if you have a smaller property, but trust us when we say that a luminous, breezy scheme is timeless. Improve the light in your home with white paint, good-quality bulbs and sheer curtains.

  1. Stick to natural materials

Plastic surged into popularity in the Seventies and ever since, cheap and flimsy furniture has decorated landfill. Natural materials last longer, look better and have a more positive environmental footprint. Luckily, raw textures such as rattan and timber are stylish, and you don’t have to spend a fortune to get some stunning pieces that will last you many years.

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