Design Insider

The latest news, tips and inspiration from Louise Misell Interiors

Welcome to my design blog, where you'll see posts about anything from my current interiors obsession, the latest fabric and wallpaper collections and 'how to' guides for all things interiors related. I love colour and mixing pattern, but also covet an uncluttered interiors look. I especially love the moment when you see something so beautiful that it makes you take a sharp intake of breath. Happy reading, and if you have any questions, would like to chat about anything interiors related, or share your interiors obsession, please use the contact form to get in touch.

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My thoughts on the colour Living Coral in Cardiff Life Magazine

31 May 2019

A photo which accompanies the Cardiff Life article about Living Coral
Hear what I and my fellow designers have got to say about Pantone's colour of the year, Living Coral, and how to use it, in this month's Cardiff Life magazine. The article is on pages 84-86, and you can read it here. Do you think you could use it in your home?


Sustainability in furniture design

7 May 2019

A photo of the new Componibili Bio.
Sustainability is something that is becoming more and more important in interior design - not just where we buy items from and how far they've travelled to get to us, but also the materials that they are made from. Kartell, one of Italy's best known design brands, have just released the world's first piece of furniture made from a bioplastic called Bio-On. It's a fully sustainable version of one of their best selling items - the Componibili modular unit, and it comes in four delicious pastel shades. They may be 100% sustainable, but they are also super cute and bang on trend with this seasons colours. You can buy them here


The latest trend in shutters

24 Feb 2019

A photo of California Shutters new range in ash wood.

Forget painted shutters - the new style direction for window shutters is bare wood. These full height shutters made from sustainably sourced ash are the newest product from California Shutters, and are set to be big this year.


My new favourite tile!

7 Feb 2019

A picture of the Lampas Marint pattern tile from Topps Tiles

I was searching for some tiles for a client's splashback recently and came across these beauties from Topps Tiles. There's long been a trend for patterned tiles, with lots of geometric shapes and bold colours going on, but I've begun to see more and more tiles with a pattern in the surface of the tile itself. These ones are a lovely example, and the deep blue colour is just stunning. To get a closer look at them, follow the link below.

Lampas Pattern Marine tile

Pantone announce their colour of the year 2019

11 Dec 2018

a shot of a coral reef with the description Color of the Year 2019

Leading colour experts Pantone have annouced the shade which they think will be the colour of the year for next year - Coral pink. It might look very bright and scary, but it's actually quite easy to use. I wouldn't suggest painting a whole room in it, as that might be a bit overwhelming, but I would use it in small doses, such as on cushions or in artwork, to liven up a shceme. Pantone say that the colour is meant to 'embrace us with warmth and nourishment and provide comfort and bouyancy in our continually shifting envirnoment', which basically means it's a happy, uplifting colour, and might just cheer us all up!

My work featured on Homify

8 Oct 2018

a view of the dressed bed, pink walls and blackout lined curtainsMy work has been featured in an article on Homify - one of the leading online ideas platforms for all things interiors. My project is in an article on how to avoid common mistakes when designing a bedroom. The article mentions how important it is to block out light for a good nights sleep - something I addressed by adding blackout lining to the curtains and adding an extra layer of window dressing with the wooden Venetian blinds. To see the article, please use the link below.

Homfy article - Are you guilty of these 8 bedroom design mistakes?

A photo of the finished lamp in the hallway.

Colourful lamp update

18 Jun 2019

A short blog post about how I added some more colour to my hallway by painting a lamp base in an orange-red shade, using chalk paint.

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A wide shot of the kitchen area of the room, with the green wall and colourful blind fabric.

Work in Progress - The colour pop open plan kitchen/diner

8 May 2019

This project isn't quite finished, but I'm really happy with progress so far, so thought I'd share it with you, along with a little bit about my design process.

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A photo of my living room bay windows with the new blinds, pole and curtains.

How I dressed my own bay windows

4 Apr 2019

When we moved into our house I had to find window dressings for two large bay windows which both worked practically and were affordable - not an easy task. Here's what I came up with, and how much it cost.

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A shot of the Cardiff judges

BBC One's The Best House in Town - my house on the telly!

11 Mar 2019

Some people called me brave, some people said it would be great publicity, but I just thought it would be fun. Here's what happened when I let five local property gurus snoop around my house.

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A wide shot of a pink bedroom with a traditional bay window

The challenge of dressing a bay window

28 Jan 2019

Bay windows are beautiful, grand features but they can be difficult when it comes to choosing curtains or blinds. In this post, I show you the options and discuss the pros and cons of each one.

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A photo of paint charts and a tester pot of paint

New Year, New Home Goals?

3 Jan 2019

The new year is a time when we often think about improving our homes - here's my step by step guide for planning those changes, to make sure your projects run smoothly.

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a picture of some Autumn leaves covering the ground

My round up of the colour trends for 2019

19 Oct 2018

A look at the predicted colour trends for interiors next year, how those colours are supposed to make us feel, and how we'll be using them in our homes.

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a photo of several paint tester pots

How to use a tester pot to get the colour you want

12 Aug 2018

Have you ever wondered why the paint on your walls doesn't look like the paint colour on the paint chart? Read more to find out how to make sure you get the colour you wanted.

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some of the fabrics in the Morris Pure North collection

Morris Pure North fabrics and wallpapers collection

29 Aug 2018

My pick of the latest fabric and wallpaper collections, with an explanation of the inspiration behind the collections, and their potential uses in today's homes.

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a room decorated in the 'Pleat' paint colour from The Little Green Paint Company

My current colour crush

18 Jul 2018

I'm a lover of colour, and here's a blog post about my current favourite colour, which is 'Pleat' from The Little Greene Paint Company.

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the finished cupbaord with blue paint, teal wallpaper on the doors, and new handles

A weekend Ikea cupboard makeover

14 Dec 2018

I finally got around to this project - making my Ikea cupboard look more glamorous by painting it with Annie Sloan chalk paint, adding wallpaper to the front and changing the handles.

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A picture of the front cover of the 'House Preparation Checklist'

Checklist for Moginie James

22 Jun 2018

Whilst I was working as a Home Design Stylist for John Lewis, I was asked by the estate agent Moginie James to write a checklist for people selling their homes. It's my guide to making your home look it's best and for presenting it well to prospective buyers.

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A mood board for a project I'm working on, using some warm earthy colours. I always start with colour when designing, it's the first thing I think of. Once I have the colours right for the space, the light in the space and the mood we're trying to create, I can then think about style and texture (and practicality of course!). What do you do when you're redecorating? My front door (and the front of have finally been painted. The door is in Green Verditer by @littlegreenepaintcompany which I chose to complement my beautiful original tiles. I love the colour, it looks so different in different light, and makes me happy when I come home. Some style boards I've created for a remote project I'm working on in London. The boards are for a kitchen (which will have dark green units) a cosy TV snug, a more formal lounge and the master bedroom. I've chosen a base colour palette of greens and teals to weave throughout the house, but changed their tones depending on how the clients want each room to feel. I then added pops of mustard yellow and soft oranges and pinks as accents, so each room has its own identity, but the house has a sense of flow. A client photo of a remote project I've been working on. She wanted her dining room to better reflect her personality. A new wall colour and gorgeous @bluebellgray curtains were all that she needed to make the space feel like hers. After I spruced up (I love that word) my hallway cupboard with paint and wallpaper, I wanted to add a bit more colour to this little nook. The green lamp base did the job when the cupboard was plywood, but it had never quite sat properly once I'd painted the cupboard, so I decided to add in another colour. I used @anniesloanhome chalk paint again, and mixed up two colours to get the exact shade I wanted. Much better! Swipe ➡️ to see a before of the lamp Another detail from my kitchen snug project. I was soooo pleased when I found these lights (they're from DAR) because they fit the bill perfectly. The client wanted some sparkle and bling, and I thought the usual chandelier style would be too much. The simple shape (i.e. not lots of arms everywhere) makes them a bit cooler, but all the crystals still mean that when they are on there's lots of twinkly light. Putting two instead of one over the table adds extra glam, better lighting, and suits the shape of both the room and the table.