Getting that Lived-in Look in Your Home…
I love creating a collected home. It’s that extra layer of design that takes it to the next level. The best thing is, that this detail goes with any style. It’s all about adding interest to your room. And it’s so easy to do. Here are my top 3 tips for creating a collected home.
Avoid Over-indulging in Trends.
One thing to do in order to create that cosy lived-in look is to not fall too much into the trends. I’m not saying to avoid them, but before you know it, you’re in deep with the trend and your home looks like everyone else’s. Which is something that no one wants. The best thing to do is to either avoid the trends that don’t suit your personal style or just buy one or two things that will complement the space.
Personally, what I like to do is to stick to the classics. Much like my wardrobe, I like timeless, something that is going to stand the test of time. So a few pieces here and there will certainly bring something extra to the room. However, as we mentioned, you don’t want too many and your home looking trendy and it ageing before you’ve had a chance to enjoy it.
Shop in Different Places.
Another way you can start creating a collected home is to not shop in the same places all the time. Now, I love Anthropologie more than most. However, much like my tip above, shopping at the same place all the time will create a home that looks like that shop’s showroom.
Collecting pieces from a variety of places will create interest. For me, that is mixing the old with the new. I’ve really gotten into my vintage finds, buying pieces off Facebook Marketplace and giving them a new lease of life. Plus, I love to aim to gather things on our travel.s We’re going abroad this summer and you can be sure I’ll pick up some bits an bobs whilst I’m there. Not only will it make my house unique, but it will also spark conversation with guests as to where these pieces came from.
Layer Up Materials & Textures.
My final tip is layers. Building up from a base will give your home that lived-in look. The easiest way to do this is to mix different textures and patterns with your fabrics and soft furnishings. However, one that almost everyone misses is layering your materials. By this, I mean mixing wood with metal and finishing with some ceramic. The more you do this, the more that your home decor feels purposeful.