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Shopping Secrets from Interior Designers Posted: 11th February 2022

Online searches for interior design ideas have increased by an incredible 63%, showing that whether moving or staying put – one thing that most people have in common is that they want to make their home the best it can be. Whether it’s layout and design, the décor and soft furnishings or finishing touches that make a house a home, people are looking for advice from the experts.

So, what’s the best way to plan and shop for your interior design project?

Have a clear budget

Before you start, have a clear idea of what your budget it and make sure you stick to it. Make list of what you need and what you want including large pieces of furniture and accessories. Having a clear idea will stop you from spending over-budget. Although we tend to look online there are some great one-off shops in the West End and as well as charity shops that only sell ’boutique’ items so this could be a good place to get more for your money.

Measure before you look – and buy

Before you go out browsing for furniture, soft furnishings or fixtures and fittings, it’s essential that you have a clear idea of the space available. Do a thorough floorplan with measurements of each room as well as access points so you know a large item of furniture can make it through your doors, hallway or up the stairs. By having a floorplan, and including existing furniture on it, you’ll be able to easily see if an item will work within the space available.

Get inspired

Before you decorate a room in your home, get a clear idea of the style you are aiming for. Get inspiration from websites such as Houzz, Pinterest and follow interior designer social media accounts on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok to get some ideas. We live in an age where everything is available at a click of a button and that includes interior design ideas! Interior designers increasingly use social media to give ideas and inspiration.

Make a statement

A statement piece can really transform your room and give it a real focal point. It could be a large velvet chair, a painting, a vibrant sofa or a patterned rug. Whatever you choose, decide on something that will make an impact and ‘spark joy’. Try and contrast something bright, colourful and vibrant with clean lines and neutral tones to make your statement piece really stand out.

Comfort is key

There’s no point having a great looking room that isn’t comfortable to use. Invest in sofas, chairs and soft furnishings that are comfortable as well as stylish and if you’re buying an investment piece try to see it in person rather than ordering online.


Reusing and refreshing items will not only save you money but it’s also sustainable and environmentally friendly. If you don’t feel you have the skills and imagination to upcycle, you could buy second hand which is more ethical than buying new.

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