Elevating your interior style isn’t about spending a lot of money on decor or buying large pieces of furniture. It’s about thoughtfully editing your personal collection of treasures and memories into a curated display that speaks to who you are, your personality and your style.
Create a styled vignette on an otherwise empty sideboard or coffee table by grouping ceramics, glassware, geometric shapes or ornaments in threes or fives. Be sure each grouping of objects has similar or complementary colours and different heights and shapes for the most aesthetically pleasing result.
The first thing a person sees when they visit your home is the front door. Make a bold statement by attaching a wonderful door knocker to your front entrance. From lion’s heads and mermaids to gothic shapes and shackles, there are myriad options to choose from.
Get a grip
While you’re at it, check out your doorknobs around the house. These days, doorknobs are easily replaceable and you can buy all sorts of styles – from ceramics and mosaics to oversized faux-gemstones – These can make a difference in elevating the style of your kitchen and is a quick and effective way to breath new life into a dated or drab kitchen, it can turn an average cabinet into a high end looking item just by changing the handles out for different ones.
Colour can really liven up a space and give a room a whole different mood and feel. If you a unsure about what colour suits you or would suit the space you want to use it in, don't feel like you have to use any colour. There is something classic and totally luxurious about using a comletely monochromatic colour pallete to give a timeless look, give it interest by using different prints like mixing a bold print against stark white. Forgetting about peoples typical idea of what luxury meaning an excess of shiny things and lots of items, luxury in 2017 is about clean, minimalist items of as highest quality you can afford. Then when you are ready to introduce a colour you can bring it in by using throw blankets and pillows or colourful artwork while still using the base blacks and whites you already have. Then if you decide you don't like the colour it is all easily changed or better yet, change it as seasons change.
Sizes and combinations
Play with scale in your home by contrasting low-line furniture with tall indoor plants or lamps, as seen in both of these rooms, or using a rug to make a small space feel larger. Really looking at the scale of your furniture (is it all the same height? Are there any standout pieces?) is a great way to add drama or interest to a room. Another way of doing this is using a statement artwork to draw the eye to the centre of a room.
Scandi style hues
Another way to make a room feel more luxe is to employ the Scandinavian technique of contrasting textures. For example, if you have an empty chair or sofa, try adding a sheepskin, knitted throw, or fluffy cushions in similar colours but varying textures. This is a great way to cosy up a space and make it look more considered. Don’t be afraid to artfully throw a blanket across the end of your bed or hallway benches too; it’ll just add to the effect.
Flip it and reverse it
Feeling a little bored with your current furniture or room layout? Try evaluating what space you have available and rearranging the furniture; consider how different pieces may fit together in different ways, and don’t be restricted by what furniture happens to be in the room. You may find that a cute stool that has been hiding in a bedroom makes a character-filled side table and conversation starter in the living room. Try arranging your furniture around the flow of natural light, or around indoor/outdoor flow, to create a harmonious space. Even better, centre your living room furniture in such a way that encourages conversation.
When looking for items to layout to get your coffee table and console tables looking like it just fell from a magazine spread, find items that you simply love, quirky and interesting things. Forget about it only being a place to drop all your chunky remote controls and a pizza on a Friday night. Think outside of the box with this one, you don't have to conform to any rules as long as you don't overload the surface with so many things it becomes unusuble. A coffee table is the best place to put the latest book of yours along with anything from beautiful saucers as coasters or even sculptural items of different sizes to compliment the room, a bowl vase filled with seasonal flowers or interesting foliage. The options are limitless, have fun with it and if it doesn't turn out as planned, change it, edit it. The best thing about styling is that you can always be changing it by adding and removing things to keep the space interesting and luxurious.
Find the unique
Finally, an absolute gem of a way to make your space feel a little bit more luxe for less is to check out the local markets. One-off pieces or handmade artisan products are sure-fire ways to make your benchtops, dining tables or coffee tables look suave. Items such as handmade fruit bowls, vases, trays and mugs are great, but also check out your local textile designers for floor pillows, blankets and quilts.
Drinks carts, sideboards, shelving and coffee tables are all wonderful opportunities to make a space feel styled. Arrange your drinks cart with pretty bottles and glassware that are complementary, perhaps with a few fun cocktail accessories thrown in to complete the picture.