Expert advice: on how to decorate with flair

Interior design duo Sella Concept share their tips on how to decorate with flair

Gayle Noonan and Tatjana von Stein, Photography Genevieve Lutkin
Gayle Noonan and Tatjana von Stein, Photography Genevieve Lutkin

Gayle Noonan and Tatjana von Stein are co-founders of Sella Concept, they met while working at the former concept store and café Clerkenwell London and formed their design studio Sella Concept in 2016. Their interiors display strong geometric forms and colour, here they share their decorating ideas...

Something old, something new We are strong believers in combining styles from different time periods to create a unique and timeless language.

Omar’s Place, by Sella Concept
Omar’s Place, by Sella Concept
Photography Nicholas Worley

Play with colour and texture Choose a palette of shades that work well together and have different tonal variations, which can be brought to life through a variety of textures, materials and patterns. The same tone in matt and gloss, for example, can introduce depth and complexity without jarring the senses.

Sella Concept studio
Sella Concept studio
Photography Genevieve Lutkin

The happy accident Embrace a touch of randomness. Why not bring the garden statue into the living room? Or place a really uncomfortable but beautiful chair that no one will
ever sit on in a corridor? Styling your home is 10 per cent trend and 90 per cent personality.

Omar's place by sella concept
Omar’s Place
Photography Nicholas Worley

Incorporate greenery for texture and warmth. The key is choosing the right plant for the space – think about how much light it will get and mix height, leaf shape and colour to add extra lushness. Our favourite plants are strelitzias – which is the European version of a banana tree – figs and palms trees, which lend a tropical touch to interiors.

Sella Concept studio 
Sella Concept studio
Photography Genevieve Lutkin

Transport and inspire yourself Include glimpses within your home that will make you smile through a touch of the unexpected or otherworldly. Wallpapers, a trompe l’oeil or a futuristic 1970s coffee table can all become windows to other places, times or cultures.

This feature appeared in ELLE Decoration November 2019

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