Bring a grey space to life by covering one corner or wall with a busily patterned paper in a tonal grey-green hue. Grey is smart and sophisticated, so stay on message with planned focal points and tight furniture arrangements, like this built-in storage unit.
Interior decorator Henri Fitzwilliam-Lay says of designing a home: 'What you want to achieve is a look you're not quite able to pin down, something that is fresh and contemporary, but might have been there forever.' As far as her work on the west London home of Steffanie Brown, owner of jewellers Laviandbelle, she got this balance right. Walls 'Hardwick White' gloss by Farrow & Ball; carpet Häggå by Kasthall, beautifully accented by the tile floor. December 2013 House & Garden.