It seems everyone’s just a little obsessed with interiors at the moment – and for good reason. With all the home reno shows, beautiful homewares at our fingertips and dream interiors filling up our Pinterest feeds, people are now allocating what was previously their wardrobe/food/travel budgets towards all things home!
But with so many incredible homewares available and a plethora of interior styles trending, it can be difficult to work out how to make the trends work for you in your own space.
Homemaker The Valley is enlisting the skills of an interior stylist, Morgan Braithwaite to help you with your home shopping needs. She shares the 5 biggest things to consider when styling your lounge room.
1. Utilise your floor space
Think about the floor space of the room and the flow of traffic. If your lounge room is large enough, try bringing your main furniture items away from the walls and into the centre of the room. Start with your lounge - once you have found the perfect lounge for your needs and the space, start considering a large rug, which should be longer than your sofa. Place your other key pieces in relation to your rug and sofa. When styling around your lounge, think about including an occasional chair, coffee table, cluster tables, ottomans and even large floor cushions.
2. Invest in good foundations
The most highly used and largest item will be your sofa; think about what size and shape is best suited to the space. Keep these big-ticket items neutral and simplistic, adding interest in other areas such as cushions and throws.
When searching for a new piece, for example an occasional chair, take into consideration the basic frame and structure of the piece - as you can always re-upholster the chair to make it a unique piece and to complete your style, and update it as the seasons/trends change. This will not only give you the perfect chair for the space and use, but it will be unique, and save you money.
3. Consider focal points – and appreciate small empty spaces!
Don’t be afraid of empty or negative space! It has an important job of allowing a breather for your eye and senses and to keep your key features the centre of attention. Not every wall or corner needs to house an item. Create focal points through your art, textiles such as fabric upholstery and wallpaper, scatter cushions and vignettes. Cluster objects and accessories in groups, thinking about layering different colours, shapes, sizes and textures to create interest. Even consider styling accessories on different size trays to keep them in a cluster.
4. Get arty
Often an art piece can be the starter point for the rest of the scheme in the room and is an easy way to introduce colour and texture. If you didn’t have a single art piece that you feel is big enough for a wall, put together a cluster of pieces of different sizes, styles and profiles. Pair framed photography and images with canvases and box frames. Interesting artwork doesn’t need to come only from a gallery; purchase artist prints, or even commission a work of art from a friend or hobby painter – you’d be surprised what you can find!
5. Make it your home
The most important thing to remember is that your living space isn’t just somewhere to house furniture, it is your home. The most interesting, inspiring and stylish rooms are ones that are uniquely created and reflect the people living in it. Don’t get too caught up on following trends and rules. For example, don’t be afraid to pair a new modern piece with family heirlooms or something you have had and loved for a long time. Put on display things that speak about you, such as what you do, hobbies, where you have travelled to, photos of loved ones, books, objects, your favourite flowers and candles. Allow your living space to look lived in and personal! At the end of the day, you have to live in it.