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.
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?