As a designer you have a great responsibility not to “just add to the mess”. So much furniture is developed, manufactured and discarded each year on account of poor quality, functional obsolescence, or changes in trends.
It’s hard to beat natural stone for its classic good looks and enduring popularity. When budget allows, I always suggest marble as a luxurious and timeless choice for vanity tops, feature shower walls and flooring.
As an interior designer, my favourite design trick for a dark terrace house is to incorporate a vivid wallpaper in a room with little natural light. The pattern serves as an instant injection of personality, breathing new life into a dull space.