Interior design masters Paul reveal his golden rule for styling a room

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  • Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr saw some extraordinary competitors this year, reaching the semi-finals last week after battling it out with their interpretation of the holiday homes that Paul Andrews left.

    During this season of Interior Design Masters on BBC1, we’ve seen Paul embark on a journey from landing on the couch in the first episode to eliminating the competition to reaching the semi-finals. However, part of Paul’s interior design skills have never been in question – his ability to style anything from bedroom ideas to living room ideas to perfection.

    Talk to Ideal home, Paul revealed that the key to his success is a rule that comes from the archives of fashion style advice – from Gabrielle Chanel herself. ‘As Coco Chanel once said ‘Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take off an accessory’, the same principle can be applied to style your home, take a step back and when in doubt, get out -the!’ Paul says.

    Image credit: Masters in Interior Design / BBC 1

    We couldn’t agree more with Paul’s advice, while home decor trends like maximalism and cluttercore might encourage you to go OTT with your home accessories, it’s always important to take a step back. to get that polished look. However, when designing a room, it’s also important to consider how you feel.

    Paul reveals that this is one of the biggest lessons he learned from Michelle Ogundehein, a Masters in Interior Design judge. “From Michelle, the biggest lesson I learned about designing a space is how a space makes you feel,” says Paul. “Not just the design or the construction, but what is the function of the room and how do you want it to feel as a result – what is your emotional response to your environment and how it can affect your well-being.”

    Looking back on his time on the show, Paul says he has no regrets. “I came into the show with an open mind and heart and to be myself and not be afraid to express how I feel in every moment,” he says. “For me, it was like being 100% creative again and really enjoying the experience.”

    “I’ve found throughout my life that the best times just happened naturally and that I was present in the moment without expectations. Good things happen that way, so I wouldn’t do anything different, I got an absolute BLAST!’

    However, he says that if he were to identify his biggest design flaw, he would try to beat the series’ tight deadlines. “Looking back, maybe my ‘design error’ would be to have a better understanding of what’s achievable within the tight deadlines and achieve the level of finish I’m happy with,” says Paul. ‘As a perfectionist, my Design DNA is very detail-oriented.’

    The Interior Design Masters final is on BBC1 at 9pm tonight.

    Betty K. Park