We were lucky enough to get the chance to talk with interior journalist and editor Andrea Childs about her favourite interior design trends, her personal style and her predictions for the future…
How did you get started in interior design?
My first job in journalism was at Ideal Home and loved the insight it gave me into how decor can transform a living space. Today I write about interior design and interview homeowners for lots of titles, including Livingetc, Sunday Times, Telegraph, YOU magazine, Real Homes, Period Living and – still – Ideal Home. More than just trends, I love the clever ways people put a room together, or a stylist brings colour into a picture. It’s small touches that make a difference – and they’re more achievable than simply buying big-ticket items like the latest yellow sofa.
What’s your favourite design trend right now?
I’m attracted to the texture of the ‘new folk’ trend – tufted cushion covers, slubby rugs, soft plaster surfaces. Saying that, I don’t have it in my own home – yet.
Describe your personal style
A minimalist soul in a collector’s body. I like serene rooms with just a few carefully curated pieces but I’m also a magpie who picks up pieces that then get arranged on every shelf and surface.
What’s your number one tip when it comes to starting a new decorating project?
Look at lots of pictures and have a clear idea of the look you want – going off piste halfway through only works when you have a clear plan at the start. And do the basic stuff – measuring up, sanding down, checking you’ve ordered enough wallpaper, etc. There’s nothing more frustrating than having to go out for more supplies halfway through, or being disappointed at the quality of the finish.
What are your trend predictions for next year?
Clean-lined, more contemporary kitchens, moving on from the ‘English in-frame’ look.
Do you have a favourite design show?
100% Design because there’s such a huge range of products and talent.
What’s your favourite range from Walls and Floors, and why?
I’m currently planning to redo my kitchen and hallway and I have my eye on the grey and white May Fair Tiles. I think they’ll suit our Edwardian house and I like their strong, graphic look.
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If you’d like to hear more from Andrea, take a look at her website: AndreaChilds.com