How to add glamour into your home, with advice from Katharine Pooley

The latest take on luxury living sees lustrous finishes and exquisite patterns.

Move away from minimalism, and instead look for decorative statement pieces that chime with the luxe look. Designer fittings will create a sense of indulgence and luxury creating the perfect place to escape from the world and relax.

HOW TO ADD GLAMOUR

Interior designer, Katharine Pooley shares her expert knowledge on how to add glamour into our homes.

1. CONTRAST TEXTURE

Combine highly polished lacquer with matt leather; burnished metals with raw marble slabs; and the buster of silk rugs with satin timber flooring

How to add glamour

Photography: Katharine Pooley

2. EMBELLISH EVERYTHING

A plain chair, cushion or headboard can be made extraordinary with studding, panel work, embroidery or contrast piping.

Photography: Katharine Pooley

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3. ADD A TOUCH 1970s GLAMOUR

Mix in mid-century modern antique in lucite or glass. Sculptural lighting is particularly interesting.

How to add glamour

Photography: Katharine Pooley

4. ADD MIRROR INLAYS TO DOOR ARCHITRAVES AND BULKHEADS

Unexpected inlays delineate areas in an open plan space and add a touch of playful sophistication.

How to add glamour

Photography: Katharine Pooley

5. COLOUR BLOCK YOUR ACCESSORIES

Ivory shagreen boxes, rock crystal sculptures and stark white hydrangeas create a pared-back but effortlessly chic aesthetic.

Photography: Katharine Pooley

6. DON’T TAKE EVERYTHING TOO SERIOUSLY

Playful details like these buildings salt and pepper shakers add that touch of British irreverence.

How to add glamour

Photography: Katharine Pooley

7. ADD GRAPHIC PRINTS AND EMBROIDERY

Bold pattern on a single cushion will take a monochromatic scheme from the ordinary to the extraordinary.

How to add glamour

Photography: Katharine Pooley

8. EMBRACE RAW, BRUTALIST DETAILING

Looking for the glamour of gold but still shuddering at memories of 1980’s garish gold brassware that peeled at the edges? Stark, dark bronze lighting refreshes a traditional dressing table display.

How to add glamour

Photography: Katharine Pooley

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9. BIJOU CAN BE BEAUTIFUL

The smallest space can inspire with thoughtful display niches and luxurious finished for a ‘jewellery box’ feel.

How to add glamour

Photography: Katharine Pooley

10. USE CRYSTAL AND MOTHER OF PEARL ACCENTS

Use their beauty to add an undeniable femininity to an interior. Layer different heights and shapes to draw the eye in.

How to add glamour

Photography: Katharine Pooley

11. UPGRADE YOUR HARDWARE

Door ironmongery should be the most expensive you can afford; heavy to the touch; and incorporate a unique and interesting finish or shape.

How to add glamour

Photography: Katharine Pooley

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