Listen Up: We Asked an Interiors Expert to Reveal Her Biggest Design Secrets
Designing and laying out the interior of your home is a challenging task in itself, let alone knowing what looks good and where to put the Country Road vase you just bought on sale. As design fanatics, we at MyDomaine Australia can even get stuck when trying to elevate our homes—Pinterest can only take us so far. That's where an interior designer can make a huge difference in helping to turn a house into a home. Décor accessories are what we all need to style a space, but calling on a designer and their wealth of knowledge to get it right is when the magic occurs.
We reached out to interior designer extraordinaire Abigail Ahern who is about to land on our shores to host flower and interior design masterclasses in Sydney and Melbourne—get in quick. Ahern is passionate about how you can play up a space and take it to the next level by bending the rules. She's known to be "evangelical about colour" favouring dark, inky hues, and she doesn't take things too seriously—we liken her to a darker and gritty Jonathan Adler. From how to transform a room using colour to playing with scale, these seven design secrets are so good you'll want to keep them to yourself.
Read on to discover how to make your home even more inviting.
Mix Your Styles
"This is a no brainer—if everything is from the same period or style, it shouts uptight. But when you mix things up, magic happens. If it makes you uncomfortable, or you feel you can't quite get the hang of mixing everything, then mix in pairs—chairs are great start."
Be Bold With Colour
"Colour can transform a room. For me, I love darker hues—inky, intoxicating, beautiful, timeless—I can't go on about them enough. Find colours that make you feel happy and be confident with your choice."
Choose Quality Furniture
"Your furniture is where you can choose to break the rules and make statements with rich fabrics and textures. For starters, always invest in a quality sofa. Think about the space you have and if you want to indulge in a generous-sized sofa or just somewhere you can snuggle into with a good book."
Add Oversized Pieces
"I love playing with scale. The minute you add say an oversized painting or a super-large plant, you provide instant dynamic contrast. It is what makes a space feel unique and dramatic. By super-sizing things it will take your space to the next level."
Use Flowers to Elevate
Create Layers With Lighting
"Lighting is the second most transformative thing you can do to a space. I'm obsessed with lighting. It can add depth, highlight, draw the eye—it really is a dark art, well, a light art really. Remember that there are three types of lighting: ambient, task, and accent. These three types will create layers and oodles of personality."
"Last, but by no means least, add character. Personalise your home with the things you love. You may choose lighter colours, old artwork you found at an antiques fair—remember to make the space your own, and take time to create rooms you love. It is your very own pad after all."