Design Topics

Tips from the experts, trade secrets, and essential guidance on interior and garden design.

Bisca’s guide to bespoke staircases

A feature staircase in a hallway or entrance lobby is usually the first thing you see when opening the front door and can certainly add a ...

Choosing LED lighting – 6 top tips from John Cullen Lighting

Sally Storey, Design Director at John Cullen Lighting, gives us her top six tips to look out for when selecting LEDS… LED lighting has improved dramatically ...

All about straw marquetry, with Simon Orrell

Simon Orrell designs furniture and objects made in unusual and exotic materials, such as shagreen and parchment, mica, gold & silver leaf, and mother of pearl. ...

Broadleaf’s guide to wood flooring

A comprehensive and informative guide to selecting, installing and maintaining wood flooring by Vanessa Garrett of real wood specialists, Broadleaf Timber. Q. What is engineered wood ...

A guide to garden antiques & ornaments

Whether for indoors or out, garden antiques and ornaments are highly sought after. But which items should you buy? How do you know where to place ...

Buying door furniture – things you need to know.

Priors specialise in period style door and window hardware in a wide variety of finishes for all types of historic or modern properties. Here is Vicki ...

A designer’s guide to fabrics, by KOTHEA

KOTHEA is a leading supplier of fabrics to interior designers with a range that includes an excellent selection of textured fabrics: linen weaves, sheer voiles, faux ...

Mumford & Wood’s guide to doors and windows

Windows and doors provide security, thermal and acoustic insulation and affect the aesthetic appeal of a property. Specialist manufacturer Mumford & Wood tells us what to ...

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April Russell’s top tips for displaying art

Here at April Russell, we are very passionate about what we do. We believe art enhances an interior, and creates a depth to a scheme that ...

Tips for choosing a sofa: Q&A with Wesley-Barrell

A well-made sofa is an enduring investment. Juliette Barrell of Wesley-Barrell offers a comprehensive guide to selecting a sofa, highlighting its construction, size, style, shape, fabric ...

Q&A with Barbara Sallick of Waterworks

What is your concept of great bathroom design? Barbara Sallick, senior vice-president of luxury bath company Waterworks, helps you to define your ideas… Q. If you ...