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The ultimate guide to interior design at home

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Jiin Kim-Inoue, Finchatton’s Design Director, joined Finchatton in 2007 and has gone on to design interiors for historical houses, new buildings and superyachts. Throughout her career in the design industry, Jiin has worked on some of the world’s most exceptional homes and gained insights into designing homes for a range of clients. Jiin has shared some of her design tips for designing your home in her Ultimate Guide to Interior Design.

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A master bedroom at Twenty Grosvenor Square, Mayfair

What are the basics of interior design?
For me, it is knowing what you need and want and a good sensibility to know when to choose one over the other. Ultimately, we embark on interior design because we don’t accept the current living condition to be optimal. It comes from a place of wanting to make it better for you and your loved ones so you have to have a clear understanding of what you think will make it better. Once you figure it out, stick to it and you will have that dream home you always wanted.

How do I know my decorating style?
I often find parallels between one’s decorating style and their personal style. In many ways, it is the same since the only difference is the object of what you’re decorating, your room or simply you. If your go to style is 3 necklaces, rings on every finger, and long flowy Rixo dress with a vintage scarf wrapped around your head, you’re more like to appreciate adornment and colour. If you prefer your pleated jacket and trouser combo courtesy of Issey Miyake, you may prefer something more architectural and streamlined with interesting shape and detail. You will in time develop your style in interior design. In the meantime, employing what you know already about how you like to move and live in your clothes is a very good starting point.

A formal reception room at Twenty Grosvenor Square, Mayfair

How do I start interior designing at home?
I would start by asking what I like and what I don’t like, or as Marie Kondo might say, what brings you joy and what doesn’t. If you love your precious book collection but don’t love that they have taken over your bedroom, it is time to get creative with your shelving. If you enjoy your morning yoga by the garden but the only place you can do it is on the hallway opposite a utility room because your family room has become a home office, it’s time to start reconfiguring!

It doesn’t have to start big. It can be the smallest change that drastically improves the way you live and there you have it, your first step toward a lifelong journey of interior design.

When should you hire an interior designer?
When it isn’t fun anymore. It should be a joyous experience designing your space but when it becomes too overwhelming and/or you are no longer certain whether your decisions will lead to a better space, it is good to bring a specialist in who can help you navigate through all the decisions that need to be made.

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