In this week’s edition of our Design Insights interview we are truly excited to welcome top interiors stylist Lucy Gough! She’s worked with many leading interior magazines including Livingetc and Wallpaper* and we love her creative and contemporary approach to styling interiors. We can’t wait to get a glimpse into her world!
What inspired you to delve into interior styling and how did you get started? I have always loved houses, interiors and architecture, even when I was quite young. We used to go to open-houses with my parents and I was always intrigued by the different interiors styles that people had in their homes. Then I worked in the marketing department of Home Beautiful magazine in Australia where I was exposed to the editorial world of styling. So, when I decided to move to London, it was here that I started interning at various magazines including World of Interiors, Wallpaper* and Livingetc.
How would you describe your interior style? Textured, colourful, fresh, playful.
Of all the projects you have styled, which has been your favourite? It’s hard to choose! I worked with a company called Surface View a few weeks ago and I am in love with their products! They make amazing large format prints, wall coverings, and murals using archive prints from places like the V&A and the National Gallery etc.
Which room in the home do you enjoy styling the most and why? I think it’s the bedroom. It’s the room that says that most about a person as it’s the most intimate space.
Which trend are you most excited about working with this year? I love the trend for ‘marbling’ which has moved on from the ‘painterly’ trend that has been hot for a couple of years. Do you remember as a kid when you would put blobs of paint on one side of a page, then fold it over and you would watch all the colours mix and swirl together like a kaleidoscope? That’s like the current marbling trend! I just love all the texture and colour that seems to be finding it’s way into our house at the moment through paintings and tableware.
Which colour combinations are your favourite to work with? Blue and grey, for sure.
Where do you seek style inspiration? Nature, travelling and Pinterest.
What are your favourite materials to work with? I love the warmth and the scent of timber. However, my favourite DIY product to work with is spray paint! I love that you can spray anything from food to fabric and it can take on new life.
Which 3 objects do you believe have the ability to completely transform a room? Lighting, wall art and rugs.
What advice would you give to our readers looking to refresh their interiors? Paint, paint, paint! Paint your ceiling, paint your walls, paint your furniture. It’s easy and relatively cheap. As long as your walls are painted in a darker shade than your ceiling, you can paint your ceiling any colour you want and the room wont feel too small. Also, don’t forget about fabric dye. You can dye your duvet cover and cushions to update your room and dye costs about three pounds for a sachet.
Do you have any upcoming exciting projects? Yes! I am styling a shoot for a fabulous sofa company in a few weeks and I am also working on an outdoor fabric story for Alto magazine this month.
A huge thank you to Lucy for sharing her top interior design insights! To keep up with her day-to-day styling adventures or to soak up some interior inspiration follow @Style_by_Lucy on Twitter or like on Facebook. You can also contact Lucy at her fab website www.lucygoughstylist.com
Check out a list of top design tips from Lucy and other famous interior designers here.