14 Oct 2017 36 comments

Tips For Styling Every Surface.

Well, well, well… if it isn’t another interiors post! I’ve been meaning to do more of these ‘tips and tricks’ style posts, they’re fun to write and I love hearing about your interiors efforts too!

I think my approach to interiors is half Marie Kondo, half student dorms at the weekend… I love the idea of owning only possessions that bring me joy, but I also love to have them all on display! So while I’m definitely not a minimal person, I agree that there’s no point in hoarding things you don’t want nor love.
The end result is a home that makes you feel content, so here’s a few tricks for achieving the lived-in but lovely look…

Round Up Your Most Loved Belongings

I love working with items I own that either don’t really have a place, or deserve to be out on display! From designer bag boxes, to coffee table books and even interesting plant pots and vintage finds, it’s the little things that add a certain charm to your home.
Try and think outside the box a little too – old perfume bottles, bowls, trays and cameras are all items I display a lot. I’ve included a few other favourites at the bottom of this post.

Find Surfaces That Need A Little TLC

Whether it be the neglected cabinet by the front door, your bedside table or even a mantlepiece or the shelves in the bathroom, you’re bound to find corners of your home that need some love!
I recommend starting small – breathe life in to your nightstand with a few of your favourite reads, a couple of evening beauty essentials and a cute lamp and you’re set!
A mantlepiece needs a pretty brass mirror, a bit of art and a few smaller items like candles and quartz. Easy peasy!

Go With A Theme

I never really consider colour combinations on their own all that much. For example, right now I’ve discovered how well pale mint green and mustard yellow work together as part of a larger theme, pulled together with some brass details and a mix of textures like velvet or faux fur.

Instead of overthinking colours, play around instead with the overall space. A dark wooden dresser can be paired with pops of blush and brass for an on-trend revamp, and too-white bathroom shelves can be revived with lots of greenery and a touch of a warmer colour!

Don’t Overdo It

I try to stick to odd numbers when I’m styling a space, it gives it a bit of an effortless ‘this wasn’t planned’ look that I love. If you’re styling shelves for example, consider working with three or five items to get a slightly unbalanced result.
Less is usually more when it comes to surfaces too, so if you’re updating the top of a sideboard, a print, a stack of books and some smaller items is usually enough.

I tend to play around a lot when I’m styling an area and I find taking photos of the space helps me to go back and think about what worked and what didn’t.

Switch It Up

Of course, having your favourite bits and bobs out on display means that they’re going to get a little dusty here and there, so use this time to have a little reshuffle.
I really think this is the key to having a happy home, I always say a change is as good as a rest – and it’s totally true!
I spend a lot of time at home, especially in my office, and while I’m tempted to buy new pieces to give my space a new lease of life, I know that having a switch up does the job just as well!

It’s a bit of a learning curve, but definitely something anyone can get to grips with with a little bit of practice!

Will you be trying these tips?

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