Interior designers share their top tips for 2020

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Some of our favourite interior designers reveal their top tips and contacts for achieving beautiful looks within budget.

1. CAZ MYERS

‘We often source and collaborate with Studio27, One Brick Lane and The Restoration. All three specialise in upscaling mid-century pieces to add warmth, colour and individuality while respecting the design and watching the budget.’Caz Myers, cazmyers.com

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2. NICOLE SALVESEN

‘A simple trick is a cloth-covered table – be it a console, centre or side table. This can be a traditional treatment with a generous bullion fringe around the bottom or more modern, with a pleated or graphic fabric. A long cover is also really useful for hiding things behind.’Nicole Salvesen, salvesengraham.com

3. GEORGINA CAVE

‘For affordable yet inspiring fabrics, I recommend The Cloth Shop (used here) and Warris Vianni, both in west london.’Georgina Cave, caveinteriors.com

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4. MARTIN BRUDNIZKI

‘In an open-plan kitchen and living area, hide away as many utilities as possible. I have a wall of built-in cupboards and behind the doors are the fridge freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and all the cleaning products. I’ve decorated the fronts with framed botanical prints, which add a sweet focal point to the small kitchen space.’Martin Brudnizki, mbds.com

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5. EMILY TODHUNTER

‘Be canny with window treatments. It’s not always necessary to have hefty lined and interlined fabrics – a simple unlined blind can be very effective and much less expensive.’Emily Todhunter, todhunterearle.com

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6. PHILIPPA THORP

‘Being creative with storage can make a room to feel larger and let the finishes come to life. Carve out asmall walk-in larder or laundry room: this creates a task-driven area and keeps the kitchen walls free of cupboards. An unexpected benefit is it’s less expensive too.’Philippa Thorp, thorp.co.uk

7. TIFFANY DUGGAN

‘A bold colour choice can really elevate a scheme, especially in a small guest room. Focus it on one area – a headboard or a bedcover – to pack a statement punch.’Tiffany Duggan, studioduggan.com

8. TRICIA GUILD

‘Small changes can have instant impact. Follow the seasons: add cushions and throws and layer rugs as winter takes hold; in summer, hang vibrant silk and crisp linen at the windows.’ Tricia Guild, designersguild.com

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9. KATIE GLAISTER AND HENRY MILLER-ROBINSON

‘Decorate walls with a stencil. It is an inexpensive but effective way to create a beautiful backdrop, as shown with this neat diamond design in a children’s room.’Katie Glaister and Henry Miller-Robinson, kandhdesign.co.uk

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10. BEATA HEUMAN

‘A mix of high-street and statement pieces can be particularly effective to get the most out of your budget – just make sure the investment item is truly a one-off. Edition94 in South Kensington, London, is a treasure trove of vintage furniture and handcrafted homeware. Its founder, India Whalley, has a great eye for individual designs, which she sources from hidden corners around the world. I love the vintage side tables that she hand lacquers in bold colours – each piece is unique and can be made in whatever colour you like.’Beata Heuman, beataheuman.com

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11. EMMA DETERDING

‘For well-priced art, we turn to British Art Portfolio. It’s run by two women who scour the country for work by young and established artists. They have an unbelievable selection of paintings and sculpture, from £200.’Emma Deterding, kellingdesigns.com

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12. PENNY MORRISON

‘Focus on accessories. for instance, dress a bedroom with inexpensive plain fabrics but add a colourful bedspread and some tasselled cushions. They’re so adaptable and will instantly create a strong look.’Penny Morrison, pennymorrison.com

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13. PAOLA MOSCHINO AND PHILIP VERGEYLEN

‘Remember the rule to mix high end with low end. A woven wicker basket will look better on an 18th-century chest than on a precious porcelain jardinière. Also, one place we recommend never to save on is the floors. This will be the most difficult thing to change in the future.’Paola Moschino and Philip Vergeylen, nicholashaslam.com

14. ROSELIND WILSON

‘Aged brass as a finish is big news in the world of interiors at the moment, but you don’t need to buy new fittings. We work with craftsmen and artisans, including Masterfix Solutions, who transform the surface appearance of existing light fittings to an exquisite finish.’Roselind Wilson, roselindwilsondesign.com

15. KATIE COX

‘Use house plants wherever you can. For London-based clients, we go to Patch, which also offers advice on what will survive where. Collect unusual and reclaimed planters: zinc buckets are great for a rustic touch, but you can use anything.’Katie Cox, haminteriors.com

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16. NINA CAMPBELL

‘Be clever when upholstering a sofa. If you find a fabric that you love but can’t afford, don’t go for a cheap alternative. Instead choose a plain for the sofa then use the fabric you adore on a single chair or a cushion. Having a sofa made up is expensive and if you think your fabric is second best, you’ll only regret it.’Nina Campbell, ninacampbellinteriors.com

17. NICOLA HARDING

‘Reimagine the items you own. A tired piece of furniture can be transformed by being moved or used differently. Look at the colours next to it and embrace contrast.’Nicola Harding, hardingandread.com

18. LUCY BARLOW

‘At an expansive window, maximise your budget without compromising on style by bordering less expensive, good-quality linen curtains with a more expensive, elaborately patterned fabric.’Lucy Barlow, barlowandbarlow.com

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19. SOPHIE COLLER

‘We trawl flea markets and look to the high street for hidden gems, and keep an eye out for interesting collaborations. A recent favourite find was Sebastian Cox’s bedside table for Made.’ Sophie Coller, kitesgrove.com

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20. IRENE GUNTER

‘When shopping for projects, consider buying internationally rather than limiting yourself to the UK market. Try looking in the US for furniture, the Netherlands for amazing tapware and Germany for appliances.’Irene Gunter, gunterandco.com