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8 Secrets to Styling Your Home

May 16, 2016
8 Secrets to Styling Your Home

Do you drool over the latest design mags wondering how the experts do it?

While natural creative flair certainly can play a part, styling a room successfully isn't just something that happens by chance. There's actually a recipe that can be followed to help make these scenes look effortlessly chic and eye-catching!

One of the easiest ways to create an instant refresh and bring style to an interior is by creating a vignette. Vignettes are a collection of items grouped together in a visually pleasing arrangement that tell a story, evoke a feeling or set a mood. For example, a piece of driftwood from your favourite beach, a framed photo from a tropical holiday and your favourite vase filled with fresh flowers. Alone these pieces may not say much, but when styled together on a coffee table, console or shelf they can create an enticing coastal feel that tells a story.

Styling your vignette is super easy once you have a basic understanding of the principles of design. With a bit of practice these principles start to become second nature, follow this step-by-step guide and you will be creating vignettes throughout your home in no time!

Step 1: Consider Your Needs

Styling isn't just about creating beauty, just as importantly styling is functional. Consider your needs and resolve them with styling. You can incorporate décor objects that will actually help to make life easier or help to keep your space clutter-free!

For example, placing a box on your coffee table to conceal remote controls is both stylish and functional. Including a decorative bowl on top of an entry console, means you will never lose your keys again! A basket in the bathroom can add a lovely finishing touch, all the while hiding an unsightly toilet paper stash.

Home Styling Tips Consider Needs

Step 2: Create a Theme

Select a 'hero' piece around which you can create a theme or mood from. Choose something you LOVE. It's all about adding character and letting your personality shine through.

Like the driftwood mentioned earlier, this set the tone for a coastal theme. Additional accents can be added in a way that they don’t compete for attention. Instead, each object should fit in gracefully and accentuate the main 'hero' piece.

Home Styling Tips Create a Theme

Step 3: Select a Colour

Choose cohesive colours that co-ordinate and work well together. Don't be afraid to go bold with colour, however, if doing so it is essential to keep within a particular colour palette or a family of colours. However, this doesn’t mean everything has be the same colour. Select one overriding colour for emphasis that will convey a mood and set the tone.

Introducing hints of complimentary colours will create contrast and make the hero colour pop! For example, a dark moody blue highlighted by accents of brass. Or as pictured below, a muted palette of dusty green and blush is accentuated by accents of brass and gold to add depth and contrast.

Home Styling Tips Introducing Colour

Step 4: Introduce Pattern

Combing pattern is less tricky than you would imagine, providing the colours work well with each other and the patterns are quite different from each other. Use with some block colours to help create a sense of balance.

It's important to have an overarching palette so the eye has somewhere to rest. You don't want your space to look too busy or become visually confusing.

Home Styling Tips Select a Colour

Step 5: Add Texture

Mixing textures helps to create visual interest and create a sense of depth. Combine hard, shiny and smooth accessories with coarse, raw, natural and soft.

Folliage, driftwood, feathers, animal hides and chunky knit throws can introduce unexpected texture and add dimension, while metallics such as copper, brass, bronze and smooth surfaces such as porcelain, glass and crystal bring sparkle and shine!

Home Styling Tips Add Texture

Step 6: Address Shape & Scale:

Visual interest can be created with contrasting shapes. If you have a lot of square or rectangle objects such a books, tray's and boxes, place an object either on top or next to them that’s round or cylindrical for contrast.

Also introduce objects that vary in height to bring visual weight to the vignette and help to create balance.

Home Styling Tips Shape   Scale

Step 7: Experiment with Placement

Objects should be placed in mini collections such groups of 3 - 5 to prevent décor accents from looking cluttered. Odd numbers work best as they are visually stronger than groups of 2 or 4 and are more restful to the eye.

Creating repetition also allows the eye to rest. For example, placing a set of three of objects in the same family at varying heights will create a sense of relief to your vignette, as will allowing space for objects to breathe. The trick is not to overdo it. Leaving white space and breathing room will help to create a balanced overall look.

Home Styling Tips Placement Tips

Step 8: Finish with Florals or Plants

Breathe life into your interior with plants and flowers. Flowers look and smell amazing and are great for adding a pop of colour to a room, while plants are an absolute must-have!

Plants help to purify the air and with green being the most restful colour to the eye, dotting plants throughout your home will help to create a beautiful, tranquil sanctuary.

Home Styling Tips Florals and Plants

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