We recently spoke to Becky Clarke, interior designer, about her favourite design trends, decorating tips and predictions for the year ahead…
How did you get started in Interior Design?
In 2002 I won a National competition to find “Handy Mandy” the UK’s female version of Handy Andy from BBC’s “Changing Rooms” – I had to display lots of DIY skills and the competition was sponsored by “Your Home” magazine – a homes/interiors publication. Part of the prize was to write a column for the magazine but I got on really well with the editor and she gave me the opportunity to do more features which eventually led to room makeovers and Interior Design ideas. I’ve learnt on the job and all these years later I’m still going!
What’s your favourite design trend right now?
I like cosy, relaxed design rather than trends that need to be super neat to look good. I love the Artisan feel of natural textures, weaves and layers that look like you’ve gathered things from trips around the world.
Describe your personal style
My personal style is more traditional than modern but things have to be practical too! I love dark coloured walls, textures like linen and velvet to make things cosy. I also love plants – they’re everywhere in my home as I think they make any room look better.
What’s your number one tip when it comes to starting a new decorating project?
Pinterest all the way. You may spend hours on the site but make boards for different rooms and pin anything that appeals. It can be so hard to choose a style from all those out there but I find if you create Pinterest boards, you’ll find threads that run through lots of images and ideas become clearer. Also you can see things you don’t want as much as things you do which is equally as helpful. Sometimes you’ll find an image you think is heart-stoppingly beautiful then you can recreate that yourself knowing you’re going to love it.
What are your trend predictions for next year?
Green looks set to be big with some lovely new paints and fabrics coming on to the market. Rich woodland shades are a lovely way to add some warmth to a neutral scheme too so an easy update (then add some plants too).
Do you have a favourite design show?
I love some of the shows on TV – on holiday in USA a couple of years ago I discovered a programme called Rehab Addict which is about restoring old properties in America which I really enjoyed. The host is a brilliant woman who does so much work herself – a girl after my own heart.
What’s your favourite range from Walls and Floors, and why?
The Vecchio Floreale Indigo Tiles are beautiful. There’s an elegance to the design that I love but they’d look good in any home – modern or traditional and the pattern will disguise everyday dust and debris which is vital in a family home!
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To hear more from Becky, visit her brilliant website over at beckyclarke.com