‘You need bad taste’: how to mix styles and periods to create an uplifting home

From Pepto-Bismol pink walls to plastic gnomes, welcome to the colourful, mismatched world of designer Manfredi della Gherardesca

I don’t like mid-tones,” says Manfredi della Gherardesca. “Cappuccinos, bland colours: they just don’t work. Marriages often produce greyish houses, because nobody wants to fight about colour. But I have always loved colour.”

This should come as little surprise to visitors to Della Gherardesca’s south London home, with its walls papered in black-and-white patterns of writhing lizards, its yellow floors and Pepto-Bismol pink living room.

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