I love working with old textiles. If there is something I like enormously, it may inspire the whole scheme. You don’t need to treat a special fabric as a feature in itself. For example, I have a wedding skirt from Sumatra which I’ve incorporated into a blind. But I’ve also picked out the plain colours of the textile to create my colour scheme. Using your chosen piece of fabric as a guide is one of the easiest ways of putting together a room. When you’re planning a room, think of everything at the same time: space, Kitchen interiors furniture, colour, function, lighting, rather than just concentrating on one aspect. Try putting together the elements – pictures of furniture and lamps with swatches of fabric and paint like a professional’s sample board. It may help to think of composing a room scheme as you might an outfit. We all have a vision of how we want to be. What you wear is an extension of yourself, and your house an extension of that. If you are choosing fabrics to partner modern furniture, you needn’t feel obliged, as many people do, to use a plain suede or felt. For me, an abstract design works equally well. Think about the background colour. I love a pale beige ground for my own fabrics, as it allows you to bring in more colours with the other fabrics in the room. I will happily use four different patterns together in a scheme, so long as they have a common denominator, invariably a neutral.