The Finishing Touches Interior Designers Use To Transform A Space

Every interior designer has their preferred finishing touch – from beautiful ceramics to tactile textiles, we asked the experts to share their go-tos.
By Georgina Blaskey
Nina Litchfield Studios

Nina Litchfield On Trays…

I love this lacquer tray from The Lacquer Company, which was designed in collaboration with Rita Konig. It's an investment piece but it’s extremely versatile. It always looks chic and will last forever. Use it as a drinks tray displayed on top of a chest of drawers or sideboard.


Imogen Pope London

Laura Stephens On Lampshades…

These pretty, feminine lampshades from Imogen Pope can be made bespoke using your choice of fabric and trims, and work especially well in bedrooms and dull corners which are crying out for a little colour and pattern.


Katharine Paravicini

Katharine Paravicini On Prints…

Choosing Keeping is one of my go-tos for more affordable artwork – the prints are fantastic, especially these ones by Antoinette Poisson. The brand also sells wonderful marbled papers and Japanese screen prints which always add interest to a wall. I often use the accessories, too – specifically the John Derian paperweights and Mochaware pen pots.


Nune Interior Design

Sheena Murphy On Decorative Accessories…

This footed papier-mâché bowl by Marie Michielssen, available through Serax is one of our favourite accessories. I love that it provides some height and texture to a space, but the scale also makes it very practical. We often use it as a fruit bowl but it looks just as good left empty.


Sascal Studio

Caroline Brennan On Textiles… 

I love Isobel Sippel – she sells really unique cushions from South Africa and we use a lot of them in our projects; they come with very unique prints in neutral and earthy colours that work with multiple schemes. 


Holmes Bespoke

Saskia Howard On Rugs… 

A rug is one of the most important finishing touches in any design as it visually anchors the space and creates a unified scheme. Our favourite is 'The Stitch’, which is also available as a stair runner. Simple in its design, it lends itself to both contemporary and traditional spaces and we often change the ground colours according to the design to pull everything together.


Studio Ashby

Sophie Ashby On Books…

Dressing joinery with ceramics and pre-loved books is an effective way to add colour and personality. You can craftily layer a space with a stack of books on a bedside table accompanied with an antique vase for subtle detailing.


Henry Prideaux Interior Design

Henry Prideaux On Cushions…

At the end of a project there can often be some spots that need a little extra attention and I love to add some silk ikat cushions from Jennifer Manners. Petersham Nurseries also sells lovely dinner candles in a variety of colours.


Natalie Tredgett

Natalie Tredgett On Art…

I love Selena Beaudry’s work. There's rarely an interior that wouldn’t benefit from having one of her pieces in the space. Her use of colour is sophisticated and dynamic, and every piece of work stands on its own.


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