After all that Christmas excess, January is a time for a fresh start. This week, I’m going to focus on the small stuff – the quick decorating touches that uplift a room and provide instant gratification!
People underestimate the power of scale in a room. If you have a space that is full of smaller knick knacks and accessories at eye level, break this monotony up by introducing a really large piece. Try a large urn, vase with a tall branch, a lamp or some chunky candle sticks. Furthermore, try accentuating their height by propping them up on a stack of books or a table. When you look around your space, your eye should jump around at various different heights taking in all of the wonderful elements, not remain on the same horizontal plane.
Get arty farty
One of my favourite go to online stores for prints is Society 6. We recently bought this awesome highland cow print for our studio and had it framed in NZ. When it comes to framing, the trick to making a piece of art look grander is to give it a really wide surround. Schwanky!
Get creative and take a punt with paint
Pick a wall (or an entire room) and take a risk. If there is normal to good natural light in a space then you have the licence to go as dark as you like. While we are here, I’m going to smash the myth that painting a small room dark makes it look smaller. If you keep your ceiling, trims, and furniture light then the dark paint will recess the walls further back making your space look airier and more spacious – anyway I’ll save tricks on how to make small rooms appear bigger for another day. You don’t have to go dark if that’s not your thing, perhaps a fresh natural hue floats your decorating boat? Whatever it is, just take the risk and try something new!
I know I always bang on about this, but greenery really is one of the best and easiest ways to inject freshness into your pad. Plants add much needed texture and vibrancy to a space. You can get away with using all sorts of different plants in all sorts of different pots in the same room.
Style your books
Rather than having all of your books upright (yawn) stack some horizontal, creating a series of perfect platforms for sculpture, candle sticks, vases etc. Try to give your books breathing space by separating them into smaller piles, this gives them a sense of importance, like they’re a piece of art themselves. Gaps also make great opportunities for displaying some of your favourite finds.
Coffee table love
A tray is always a good way to anchor your collection of coffee table goodies – there are some fab brass trays out there that would add instant glam factor to any space. Then start playing. Add a scented candle, some greenery, stacked books or mags, something sculptural and boom, nailed it! Whatever you use, try to aim for varying heights and use colours that reflect and compliment the rest of your room.
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