Choosing the best designs for your interior space can be a tricky decision. From furniture and wallpaper, to paint colour and accessories, there are so many aspects to think about.

That's why for many of us, hiring an interior designer is the best way forward. But what if you could use their knowledge and expertise to do it yourself?

Leading British wallpaper brand, Graham & Brown, has teamed up with celebrity experts Kelly Hoppen, Julien Macdonald, Wayne Hemingway and Barbara Hulanicki, to unveil some insider tips about to achieve the ultimate designer look.

It's time to discover their decorating secrets…

Kelly Hoppen, interior designer

1. Always accessorise

The easiest way to create a designer look is to add personality using home accessories, or, as I like to call them, 'home jewellery'. Build a collection of staple pieces, such as standout trinkets and vases. The great thing about accessories like this is that you can change them with the seasons and there are so many affordable homeware retailers you can buy these from, including my online store

2. Mix it up

Mix textures and materials in your home to create depth and contrast. For example, using materials like wood against metallics can be easily done on a budget and look fantastic. Wallpaper is perfect for bringing in new textures and finishes too – elegant geometric prints, in understated neutral hues and monochromes, really help bring a space to life and add that designer touch.

3. Be careful with colour

When it comes to colour, be mindful of the shades you use if you want to achieve that high-end look. If you like magenta, add a pop of the colour here and there, don't paint the whole house with it!

Julien Macdonald, fashion and interior designer

4. Consider your choices

Whether you're completely renovating your home or just thinking about an update, it's all about being careful and considered in your choices, especially if you're going it alone.

5. Treat yourself to luxury

Adding a touch of luxury to each room is my number one tip when it comes to getting that designer look. Glitters and metallics add a little bling and work well in smaller rooms as features will reflect off them, giving the illusion of a bigger space.

6. Add some drama

Also think about creating a bit of mystery and intrigue. For example, using dark wallpapers in small areas of the house can create a dramatic, glamorous look and give it a boudoir feel like no other house on the street!

Barbara Hulanicki, fashion designer and founder of Biba

7. Personality is key

Your home should showcase your personality, so don't be afraid to put a stamp on it. Most interior designers will start by getting to know you, what you like and then help you to display this throughout your home – but no one knows you better than yourself.

8. Brainstorm like it's your job

Kick things off by making a moodboard, brainstorming the colours, patterns and textures you love. Then browse the beautiful room sets in glossy magazines, for some inspiration to pull it all together. It's just like styling yourself for a big event - it's important to get the individual pieces right, while making sure they work as a team.

9. Be bold

I love unexpected pops of colour and print against simple backdrops – discreet yet bold choices like this will make others think a designer made that choice for you. Add an oversized, velvet teal cushion to your neutral sofa or invest in a bright, geometric rug to act as a room's central showstopper.

Wayne Hemingway, designer at Hemingway Design

10. Find your balance

Good taste comes from having a knack at finding the perfect balance between too sterile and too cluttered. For me a good room has the right balance between being clean cut and streamlined, and having the right amount of accessories so it doesn't look too busy.

11. Add a bit of you

Give yourself a calming, neutral canvas to work with, then inject small but noticeable snippets of your personality like some art work, a family heirloom or an upcycled piece of furniture. If vinyl records are your thing then show those evocative covers off!

12. It's not a race

Lastly, remember to take your time – don't rush your decisions when it comes to your home. Let things evolve, there's no need to finish things in record time.

Kelly Hoppen, Julien Macdonald, Wayne Hemingway and Barbara Hulanicki are all celebrity ambassadors for International Wallpaper Week (2 - 8 October 2017) – an industry-wide initiative to celebrate the heritage, skill and creativity of wallpaper. For more information, visit

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