Hanna Francis Laikola, owner of Hanna Francis is an expert in furniture and interior accessories and creates collections that combine traditional and contemporary techniques within their design.
Hanna Francis offers these tips for decorating your home:-
1. Furniture doesn't have to be either eccentric or flamboyant to make a statement. Simple furniture with intricate designs show subtle sophistication and help create a stylish look for your home. Have an interesting table, breath-taking picture or design-feature light to draw the eye in. A house should be a home not a gallery.
2. To create contemporary living rooms, use softened, rounded lines and neutral elements with pops of bold colour.
3. Subtle perforated patterns in a lampshade cast beautiful displays of light, especially within a small space.
4. Using textual elements such as wood panelling on a wall, or as a headboard, and extending it to the ceiling creating the illusion of a canopy, gives a dramatic but stylish look.
5. Buying bespoke furniture is a great way to have your personality incorporated in your house. Ask your designer to add or change something on the furniture you buy, whether it be colour, material, pattern or shape.
6. Metal is a great material to use when decorating your home. Being available in a wide variety of colours and finishes makes it a very popular material for wall art, sculptures and other artistic pieces. Metal pieces can add warmth and charm to a rustic style of decorating or a sleek and modern touch to contemporary decorating style. I love our crow and sparrow coat hooks for hanging coats up the stairs.
7. Some timber can be the product of illegal or destructive practices in ancient forest areas. Be good to the environment and be careful what wooden products you choose, try buying Birch, Pine or Ash and avoid woods such as African Mahogany and Brazilian Cedar.
8. Make sure the stain and material of your headboard, dresser and side tables are compatible for a complete look.
9. So it may take the paint a little longer to dry, but I always recommend re-decorating in January to March to give both you and your house energy and so you can look at gorgeous design books and magazines when everything is grey outside.
10. Inside Scandinavian homes, no matter what the season actually is, it is always summer with white, woods and bold colours here and there.