Wednesday, 3 August 2011

DRESSING YOUR INTERIOR... from drab to fab

Image by Kathryn Russell

Dressing your home should be much like dressing yourself. Wearing the perfect accessories makes all the difference. The most perfect of outfits could be ruined by the wrong selection of  jewellery and shoes. The same applies to the home... There are many times when I have walked into a lovely house with incredible lighting, beautiful flooring, comfortable furniture and a sense that it is incomplete or that something is off. One word; Accessories. 

Image by All Home Décor

Accessories are the tell-tale of character. Accessories could make an interior quirky, classy, homely, vibrant, serene or cultural. They dictate the mood or the vibe in the room. It is important to pick accessories that portray or express your sense of style. Below are several accessories that could transform your home from drab to fab.

  • Flowers, vases, fruit bowls, china ware 
  • Pictures, paintings, frames, wall art, sculptures
  • Baskets, mirrors, bottles, beads, books, trophies
  • Candles, lamps, chandeliers
  • Cushions, stuffed animals, throws, rugs etc.
As you can see the list is endless. Have fun with trying new combinations, don't be afraid to mix and match. Begin by identifying the style you would like for the room and pick objects that identify with that style. If you don't know what style you want, try picking an object you really like or find appealing and build around that. For instance if you like a certain vase, lamp or painting identify its colours, details, prints and textures. Use that information to search for more accessories with the same feel/vibe. Introduce punches of colour or subtle hues through accessories if you are not confident in using colour. This way you can change the colour scheme of a room without having to spend a fortune in paint.
Image by Home Décor Studio

Styling your home should be expressive, fun and adventurous. (side note: isn't that teddy chair cute? I cant imagine sitting on the little teddies...) Try new things, flip through magazines for inspiration. In fact, flip through your wardrobe as well, find the outfits that you love most and use them to inspire your home décor. Let everything that you pick for your home be something that you absolutely love. Let everybody walk into your home and whisper "wow" at every item. 

Image by Interiorbiz

Image by Matteo Cibic

So on that note I leave you with the following advice. Be expressive and adventurous. The only way you can be wrong is by not trying at all. Your home is a blank canvas waiting to be filled with your character. So... what are you waiting for?

xx Christina xx  

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