EXPERT ADVICE: how to create an artistic home

London-based designer and art expert Rachel Chudley shares her tips

Rachel Chudley set up her London Fields studio in 2015 and is a rising star of the British interior design scene. Her USP is a dual expertise in decorating and artworks: she has a BA in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, and also studied at the Interior Designers Institute in California. Rachel believes that quality of life is improved with art. Her East London studio is made up of artists as well as designers, resulting in truly unique interiors. She shares her tips for decorating with art...

Where to begin
When working with an amazing view or work of art, I design around it. You can use the angles of furniture, the patterns of rugs and textiles, and the colours of walls to draw your gaze towards something.

A bright vicarage in east London with pink walls and eclectic art
A bright pink vicarage in east London
Rachel Chudley

Choose what you love
I believe you should always buy art before deciding where to put it. It’s always good to invest in promising new artists making great work. The Cob Gallery is a great resource for this.

Industrial-style kitchen and dining room designed by Rachel Chudley.
Industrial-style kitchen/diner by Rachel Chudley
Rachel Chudley

Consider the shape of the room
In a small space, I like to create warmth and impact with pattern, but for large, open spaces, I look for a standalone piece to cultivate drama. Consider which elements of a room you’d like to highlight.

Portrait of London-based designer Rachel Chudley
London-based designer Rachel Chudley
Rachel Chudley

Colour inspiration
I like to think of wall colours like a sweet box or jewellery case; the shade you choose affects the work you hang. Pick the part of an artwork you’d like to highlight and form palette ideas by complementing it.

Article first published in ELLE Decoration March 2018

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