As the interior designer to some of the world’s most famous faces, including the entire Kardashian/Jenner family, Martyn Lawrence Bullard knows a thing or two about working with luxury. From the perfect painting to the optimal couch to brighten a room, Bullard has an eye for freshening up spaces and providing ample character.
The celebrity interior designer has four sage tips:
Play with textures
A quick fix for the home to breathe in fresh air is as easy as switching up the pillows and throws on your living room lounge and chairs. Adding pretty-toned pillows in linen or cotton will announce the summer months immediately, whilst some darker tones in velvets or even faux fur will give cozy warmth to your room during autumn and winter. It’s great to decorate to seasons, and so inexpensive now with beautiful ready-made pillows available in so many stores and online. A bold color throw over the back of a lounge, chair arm or end of the bed will add instant luxury and depth to space.
Lighting is everything
My number one tip for giving a home a level of fun and sophistication is simple… and inexpensive! Install dimmer switches. The lighting really is everything and the way you light your rooms can make or break an interior. With a dimmer switch, you can add ambiance in a second, or create romance or drama. It’s the decorator’s number one tool for an instant fix!
Invest in quality
My favorite furniture designer currently is Gio Ponti. I have an ongoing affair with his chairs, and have lived with, and collected his pieces for over a decade now. His interiors have always inspired me, and I love his modernist twist on the Italian classic sensibility. However, for an eternally iconic piece of furniture, I turn to Robsjohn-Gibbings and his take on the klismos chair. This piece is timeless, ageless and can sit just as beautifully at an 18th-century mahogany table as an ’80s Lucite one. After all, the original is over 1,000 years old now and is still covered in its many new forms and reiterations by homeowners and designers alike.
Remember to stay personal
A good interior is one where you believe in yourself and your taste, and don’t follow trends. Create what you love it’s the key. Be individual, trust in your own style and execute it in the way you want to see and live with it. If it looks good to you, then it is good. The beauty is in the eye of the beholder and if you love your surroundings, then for sure others will too. Live, love and decorate with abandon.