Ask the designer: an interview with Angela Tearle

We sat down with interior stylist and KLC School of Design student Angela Tearle to uncover the inspiration behind her wonderfully eccentric room set for Grand Designs Live, this year’s colour trends and her own interiors.

Tell us a little about your background in interior design?

I’ve always had a passion for design, colour and period style. My head is full of ideas, so I enrolled on an interior design course at KLC and I’ve now set up my own interior design and styling business.

What drew you to the Bamboo wallpaper print from Farrow & Ball?

The Bamboo design is so eye-catching and fun, when I first saw it I was immediately reminded of the wallpaper on the Only Fools and Horses set. It made the perfect backdrop to my interpretation of the show.

Farrow & Ball Bamboo BP 2119

And what about your own interiors. Are they as tactile and playful as your retro scheme?

My own home has a playful, eclectic style with a mixture of fabrics and textures. But it’s not quite as loud as my set design. It started as a very neutral scheme, but over time I’ve added colour through paint, wallpaper and rugs. I like to take my time to find the right furniture for my home too and, in most cases, I’d rather have nothing there until I find the perfect piece.

You’ve drawn on Only Fools and Horses here, but are there any other film or television sets that have particularly caught your eye?

I’ve recently watched the third series of Catastrophe and love the house shared by Sharon and Rob. The brave use of colour in the period terrace with its mustard yellow Chesterfield gives the house a real lived-in and relaxed feel.

Sharon & Rob’s living room (Image:

Do you have any tips for gathering inspiration and creating a beautiful mood board?

Collect lots of images first and then walk away. You may have to revisit a number of times before your final style evolves. Be open minded too and try not to use more than one of the same image in your final mood board.

Angela’s Grand Designs Live room set

Have you noticed any design trends emerging for the year ahead?

This year has been all about green and the use of plants in the home. I see this trend continuing along with shades of teal and dark blue such as Farrow & Ball Vardo and Inchyra Blue. I’ve noticed lots of pale, blush pink walls emerging too, but mixed with darker greens and blues to stop them feeling overly feminine.

Farrow & Ball Vardo

You’ve layered lots of rich prints, textures and colours for your room set. Do you have any advice for those who are less confident with colour?

My advice is to think of your room in layers. That way, if you change your mind about something, it’s only one layer to peel back. First, create a base with colours and styles that you know you’re comfortable with. Live with it a little, then add a layer at a time.

When using bold colours or going for an eclectic look, always try to limit the colour palette. In my room set, I’ve created the impression of a casual pile of bric-a-brac, yet the colours are limited for a more stylised finish.

Discover more about Angela and The Other Door Interiors by her website.

Joanna Spindler


After studying classics and archaeology at the University of Exeter, Joanna quickly fell for the interiors world and has been writing about homes ever since. She recently swapped her London flat for a little cottage in the Dorset countryside. At the weekend, you’ll find Joanna eating her way around the local foodie spots or trying not to fall over during yoga.

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