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HOW TO GET MORE BUCKS FOR YOUR BUDGET
Inject some Hollywood glamour into your home with Kelly’s decorating dos…
Always choose a colour that you love. I am fearless when I select colour. I go into my library at the office and pull out 30 or more hues in different textures and tones and something amazing always happens – even if it feels as though it’s by accident. So go to your wardrobe and pull out ten things and just look at them. Never force style: if you love pink, then go with it. Follow your heart.
If you are not jumping for joy at the colour combination in front of you then don’t go for it. Colour is an emotional experience.
MIX IT UP
Fashion and art blend references, and you can do the same in interiors. Experiment with cool, unexpected colours and try new combinations.
If you decide to do a whole room in blue, you need something shiny, something matt and something with a little pattern. Without these three elements the room will not have energy or soul. You need a combination of big, medium and small textures. The weave of the fabric, the plaster on the walls and the pattern in the rug are crucial in building the overall picture.
Snap up and collect anything and everything you come across that catches your eye. And carry your camera around with you.
Avoid buying your items in one place, as the room will end up looking the same. Build your collection slowly and branch out and shop everywhere, particularly at markets, auctions and car-boot sales.
I love black and white as it feels a little edgy and it works in any type of design. It’s the textures and materials that make it interesting. Black and white with a colour gives a crisp look and makes a room feel organised.
FIND YOUR INSPIRATION
Start with something you love – a painting, a carpet or a collection of stones, for example. If you have a pink abstract painting and you want it to be the big voice in the room, hang it on a contrasting coloured wall. But if you want to be subtle, then hang the pink painting on a pink wall. One way creates drama and the other harmony.
LOOK AROUND YOU
In LA we are not rooted in traditional design. We have the film business and everyone is trying to do ‘the next big thing’. That means we live surrounded by an incredible mix of things. That can be very freeing.
DO start a reference file of inspiring pieces for the room you want to decorate.
DO use jazzy fabrics on pillows and ottomans that can be easily changed out according to season.
DON'T be afraid to use a strong color on the walls. Paint is the least expensive way to totally change a room's appearance.
DO avoid using floral fabrics on sofas—unless you know you'll never tire of it. Try and keep to solids and small geometrics.
DO consider the lighting effects in the room. Will there be an influence of natural light? Will you need ceiling lighting or will lamplight be enough?
DO keep your vision clear—you can be easily seduced in other directions.
DON'T use a rug that's too small—the furniture will appear to hang off of it, making the room appear smaller.
DO beware of scale and proportion and how all the elements come into play.
DON'T forget to break some rules and most importantly to have fun with it!
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