A Guide to Paint Finishes

Image copyright Clair Strong Interior Design Choosing the right paint colours for your home is only half the battle, you also need to make sure you choose the right paint finish for the application. There are many types of finish, each with their own purpose and aesthetic effect. In today’s blog post we’ll look at…

Fun Accessories for the Home

Let’s get weird! I’ve recently been drawn to playful home accessories. I mean, what’s not to love about gorgeously designed pieces with a sense of humour or whimsy? If home decorating is all about showcasing your personality, then having a bit of fun with accessories makes total sense. Style should make you smile, right? Today…

How to Buy a Sofa that Will Last

Image copyright Clair Strong Interior Design Buying a sofa is a big deal. There are so many things to consider; aesthetics, material choice, frame, cushion filling – that you’re overwhelmed before you even get to the retailer. And choosing the retailer is a whole ordeal in itself. Do you shop in person or online? Do…

2020’s Best Interior Design Events

There are many excellent interior design shows coming up in 2020. Here are some of the UK’s best: London Design Week, 8-13 March London Design Week at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour is a show for interior professionals and enthusiasts (open to the general public from March 11th). This show was once described as “The interior…

2020’s Biggest Interior Trends: Part Two

Welcome back! Today I’m predicting a few more of 2020’s key interior design trends. We covered rainbow colour schemes, painted doors, earth tones and refined luxury in part one. You can read that here. In part two we discuss textured walls, pared-back versions of popular trends and an ancient comeback…  Muted Tropic Ananas wallpaper by…

2020’s Biggest Interior Trends: Part One

The 2010s offered up an extensive array of interior design trends. We had golden pineapples, all-white walls, approximately 30 shades of grey, bright tropical prints, wallpaper made a comeback, and Scandi design was everywhere. It was a diverse, innovative and rapidly evolving time for interior design. So it’s with some excitement (and some trepidation) that…

Pantone Colour of the Year 2020

Image source: Pantone Pantone recently announced their 2020 colour of the year. As we roar into a new decade, one would expect the chosen colour to represent renewal and rebirth… a lush green, perhaps? Indeed, many of those who tried to predict Pantone’s choice opted for a shade of green. Pantone, however, had other ideas…

The Best Interior Design Books

Nothing beats a good book. Pinterest and Instagram offer loads of visual inspiration but if I want to get really deep into a particular style or concept, I pick up a book. Here are some of the best interior design books available at the moment: Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors: Show-Stopping Looks for Unique Interiors,…