May 22, 2024

It’s only right as the year draws to an end, to look back at the lessons we’ve learned and the things that inspired us to create better, more beautiful homes. I was lucky enough to speak to some outstanding interior designers, all unique in their style and approach to modern living, and get their best tips and secrets to help us achieve our decorating goals. 

From choosing colors and creating the illusion of greater space, to how small things like making your bed in the morning can set you up for success, it all has one thing in common: telling your story through the mindful design of your modern home. Here’s a recap of what we’ve learned in 2023. 

1. How to make a room look bigger with wallpaper

Portrait of interior designer martyn lawrence bullard

(Image credit: Getty Images)

We were all familiar with the concept of decorating with mirrors to create the illusion of space and more light, however, Martyn Lawrence Bullard takes it a step further and tells us that it’s not just mirrors that do the trick. ‘A metallic wallpaper on the ceiling in a dark room will not only bring in light, it’ll raise the height of the ceiling,’ says the designer.

2. Elevating a kitchen by decorating it like a living room

multi-colored marble island in kitchen with multiple pendant lights

(Image credit: Douglas Friedman. Design: Martyn Lawrence Bullard)

This was another one from Martyn, who says the kitchen makes a great multiple-use space because so many family members spend so much time there. ‘Because we spend so much time in a kitchen it should be decorated like your living room,’ he says. ‘Create ambiance, and change your kitchen into a space that you enjoy being in. It will suddenly become much more than just a functional experience.’


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