Somerset home styling expert Melissa Hill shares some of her design secrets – and sells Danish homewares in her Wedmore shop
Home stylist Melissa Hill will revamp your home if it’s looking a bit tired, de-clutter if you need a clear out or stage your home to help you get the best price – fast – if you want to sell. Want to do any of this yourself ? She’ll teach you how.
Somehow, in between all of this, she’s found time to open a little interiors shop in Wedmore * phew*. I managed to nab her in between projects and ask her to share some of her interiors know-how.
Pen and paper at the ready?
1. The rule of odds
Odd numbers are more aesthetically pleasing than even; it’s something to do with the brain works. So arrange objects, pictures, even pieces of furniture in 1, 3, 5, 7 and so on. Use different heights, shapes and sizes.
2. Colour ratio
Use the classic 60:30:10 colour ratio. 60% is the main colour which creates a backdrop for everything else – so walls, a large sofa, a carpet. 30% is the complementary secondary colour – curtains or blinds, a single wall. 10% is your accent colour – cushions, lamps, a rug.
3. Go big
Oversized artworks will obviously give you a wow factor but they can help create a minimalist look too. A couple of large-scale accessories will have the same effect.
4. Add a rug
A rug can add colour, texture and warmth. It doesn’t have to match the rest of your colour scheme – rugs are supposed to add a flash of interest – and don’t go too small (teeny rugs can look lost). Change them with the seasons: a thick woolly rug to stay cosy in autumn and winter; a thinner flatweave for the summer.
5. Transforming lighting
Use a combination of three types of lighting within a room: ambient lighting (the overall illumination), accent lighting (drawing the eye to specific objects) and task lighting, like reading.
Tip number 6 is choose your accessories carefully. And oh look, I have some here, all available from Melissa’s Wedmore shop, all from Danish designers Lene Bjerre.
Giant Lellie mirror, £309.
Glass and brass mouth-blown (impressive) lamp, £380.
Hygge’s still in. Darline plaid throw with wool tassles, £155.
Terrifically tactile Magna Vase, £93.75.
Hot choc anyone? Ceramic cup and saucer, £12.75.
Flicker, flicker. Dante Votive tealight holder £9.75.
HOME STYLING SERVICES
Melissa can improve on what you’ve got already or create a completely new look. She’ll work within your budget – whether that’s high end or high street – working on one room or an entire house. She can draw up a step-by-step plan, with a concept board, fabric swatches, paint colours and ideas for furniture, accessories, flooring, wall coverings, curtains, blinds and lighting – plus where to go to buy (she knows all the hidden gems).
Need a quick blitz? She can de-clutter, restyle your existing stuff and maybe add a few new pieces to transform a room, all in a single day.
An associate with house staging specialists Housewow, she’ll look at your home objectively and make the changes you need to sell your home fast and for a higher price.
Melissa runs one-day interior styling courses for beginners and beyond throughout the year – watch this space.
The shop is open Tues – Fri 10am–4pm and Sats 10am – 3pm. Pop in to browse, buy or just for some home styling advice.
Melissa Hill Home Styling, 9 The Borough Mall, Wedmore, Somerset BS28 4EB. Tel 07973 822160. melissahill-homestyling.co.uk