14 Oct 2017 39 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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  • I love your Marshall speaker and record player!

    Amy // http://www.thenoiseinwonderland.com

  • Simply airy, bright and beautiful decoration look! :). Love ❀️ it!

    πŸ‚πŸLA BIJOUX BELLA πŸ‚πŸ| by mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  • I love this post and really agree with switching things up now and then! It’s surprising the difference it can make to a room by simply swapping bits and pieces around.


  • I love these interior posts, everything ties together so perfectly in these photos!

  • Emily (byemily)

    Loved this post, great tips !


  • Amber Atlanta

    I love interior style posts – even though I don’t have my own house or flat, I still enjoy looking at how others have styled their home!

  • Juliana Paz

    I love your home, I get major inspo from you. I think you should create a interiors book for all of us who swoon over your home.


  • when can i move in please?! your interior posts give me life, for real haha. i just wanna climb inside my laptop screen!

    katie. xx lacoconoire.com

  • Sepideh

    Can you do a more detailed blogpost on how you styled that bookshelf?! I’m obsessed! I have the same one (but smaller) in my office and looking for some Inspo!!


  • i need some real interior inspo as we are doing some work on our flat and i feel a bit uninspired right now.


  • Ah, I love this post! So much interior inspo πŸ™‚

  • Such an inspiring post! Love these decor tips.


  • Such a beautiful home! I’m swooning over your interiors. Thank you for your great tips xx

  • Your home is my #1 source of inspiration for interiors…the color palette, mix of textures, styling…it’s all so effortless and beautiful! Styling open shelving is so challenging for me for some reason, but you make it look easy!

    Mia | http://www.verymuchmia.com

  • This is a brilliant post and these tips are so useful, especially the idea of themes and not overdoing it. I am redoing my room at the moment and I can’t wait to put some of this into practice. It is going to look so cute! Yay!

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly xo

  • I love going through an just decluttering all my junk and having a whole re-arranging of my room. The thing I hate about my uni room is the lack of surfaces which means everything ends up cluttered so quickly.
    Alicia x

  • I always look forward to your interior tips, Kate, because your home is literally goals! <3 Everything is decorated so prettily, but it's never too much of over the top! πŸ˜€

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Patricia Ann Defreitas

    Thank you for the inspiration.

  • Loved this post Kate! I really need to up my game when it comes to styling my surfaces, so will definitely be using some of your tips. Thank you xx


  • Styling surfaces is something I wish I was great at but instead is something I try to do and end up not liking it! Love the tips you’ve shared, the surfaces in your pictures are beautiful! πŸ™‚

    -Sophie xx

  • You have the most beautiful home Kate!

    Sara – Flemingo

  • Kate your interior is so dreamy and I love all the tips for styling bed side tables and all sorts! The idea of odd sounds like a good one too. I dream of having a house like yours one day xx

  • Love this post, I was looking for open shelve inspiration. It came just in time, thanks! πŸ˜€

  • Love this post so much! I’m moving house in 2 weeks and I absolutely love how you style your home.

  • These are some great tips, and your home looks stunning as usual

    Mel ★ http://www.meleaglestone.co.uk

  • Valeria Wiwinius

    great tips! I just moved to a flat on my own for the first time so this post comes in really handy, thank you!:)

    xx, Valeria


  • I would love to pay you to style my house, yours looks like a dreaaaam!

    Gemma Louise

  • Lisa Autumn

    You are always such a major inspo!

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  • We constantly move the house around, it always keeps it fresh and fun (plus we need to accommodate all the new plants my mum buys!!)

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Cruelty-Free/Vegan Beauty β€’ Lifestyle β€’ Photography

  • Absolutely obsessed with how you style up your interiors Kate, so beautiful!

    Lucy | Forever September

  • Mary Jo Aguilera

    Your interiors are my absolute favorite! I love how clean and white everything looks with subtle pops of color. Can you please come to my house and revamp it for me?? XO


  • Natalie Redman

    This is like my idea of interior heaven.



  • Most definitely! I moved a couple of months ago and as I build up my furniture collection, I find the bit I look forward to the most is styling it (thanks to you!) Great tips, as always, thanks for sharing lovely.


  • This looks fantastic! I agree, having a theme has a massive effect on the result of your design. I can say you are very creative in your own way.

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

  • I’ve been looking everywhere for shelves like this for my kitchen! What site could you recommend for me?

    You have such a great eye for interiors, and would totally hire you to do my entire house!!


  • A Small Happy Life

    I love to switch it up every now and then too. Makes your home feel like you every time. Thanks for sharing your tips!


  • Helen Campbell

    I know quite random question but what do you use to hang up your prints and wall art. Mine are always shifting and never seem to sit perfectly straight for long…any tips?

  • So much great information! I think that using stuff you love, like books, beauty products and candles, but actually using stuff you really use and like, can add a lot to a space. Rather than trying to build the perfect setup, but it doesn’t really represent your character and who you truly are. So, it’s also a lot about being authentic. I write different posts about beauty, home decoration and being authentic, you can check it out here: https://coffeenglam.com/