The biggest misconception in Interior design is that one needs to start from tabula rasa. Doing up a new place doesn’t and shouldn’t mean chucking out the old. In fact, Old is the new New; in the world of interiors. So feel totally blessed if you have inherited old furniture pieces or home accessories especially glass or crystal chandeliers, china, vintage lamps, throws, paintings – the monetary value being irrelevant – glasses, cutlery, family photos – the faded the better. It’s all about styling a room where contrasting textures play against each other, and the visual interest remains engaged.