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Home smarts

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.


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.



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2 comments on “Home smarts”

  • Sue Risdon November 9, 2018

    Fantastic srticleysnd very informative

  • Sue Risdon November 9, 2018

    Very interesting and informative


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