Those Little Things That Made a Big Difference to My Home Once Tweaked…
As lovely as your guys are about my interior styling on Instagram, it’s worth noting that I’ve not always got it right. In fact, there are many a mistake I’ve made along the way. Nothing too scary, but once fixed, the difference in my interiors in my home was huge. Interior styling is a learning curve, but once you’ve got it right, your home will always continue to look fabulous. Here are some of the interior styling mistakes I made and my top tips on how to correct them…
ENSURE YOUR PLAYING WITH SCALE.
When you’re cluttering up your surfaces with tiny accessories, it can quickly look messy and random. I also find with tiny pieces, everything sits very flat, making it look very plain. Break up the vertical blank space by styling your delicate objects with large pieces. Boxes, vases and bowls, all stacked up can help create that height and draw the eye up. Larger pieces can also help the smaller objects to shine, bringing attention to those delicate pieces.
USING TOO MUCH OF THE SAME MATERIAL/ TONE.
I use to be very much an all-white interior person. And whilst it’s great to live in a light and airy space, I found that over time, everything fell flat. When you favour a material or tone, you’ll find that using too much of it will not age well over time. I find the best way to get balance is to choose a piece in that material to shine in your room. A great piece of wooden furniture will really stand out if it’s the only thing in that room of that material.
Tone-wise, if you fancy favouring a colour in your paint, make sure to balance that by going opposite with your furniture and finishing touches.
NOT ALLOWING YOUR POSSESSIONS TO BREATHE.
It may sound weird, but there’s logic to it. If you cram so much furniture into a room where you cannot move around it, the room feels cramp and a bit suffocating. This is the same with decor items. If you cram shelves with decorative pieces and don’t give them some blank space, your eyes will not be able to rest. Take away a few pieces and be selective. Allow your objects to breathe and you’ll find that you can create that curated look in your home with very little at a more premium look.
NOT SHOWING YOUR PERSONALITY.
No one wants to live in a show home. Taking away any personality from a room will make it bland and uninteresting. Adding personal touches doesn’t just mean family photos. Things like objects you’ve collected on your travels or coffee table books on your favourite subjects are a great way to show off who you are. Even decor pieces in different textures is a way of showing off what you like. Finding those special pieces and displaying them in your home will spark conversation with guests and give them a sense of who you are in very few words.
FAILING TO GET THE LIGHT PERFECT IN THE ROOM.
This is one of my design tips that are constantly on repeat. Lighting is key for making or breaking a room. If you don’t get the lighting right in a space the room will never look or feel right. When talking about lighting, we’re not just speaking in terms of the amount of light. We’re also talking about the tone of lighting, whether or not if you go for a cool light bulb or a warmer one.
Lighting is not just about the main light in your home. It’s also about the side lamps, your floor lighting and even your candles. Once you get these right for your room, you’ll find that the room will glow (pun intended) like never before.
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