Maybe you are renting and want to inject some of your own personality into the space, or maybe you have just bought a new house and don’t know where to start. Perhaps you just want to liven up a tired room and make it feel a bit more homely? When it comes to interiors you don’t always have to follow the crowd. There is nothing wrong with following trends and going for an overall theme, but be wary of decorating your whole room with pieces from just one homeware range. Make your home feel uniquely yours by adding personal touches, whether beloved pieces of furniture that don’t strictly match your ‘theme’, or an unexpected design detail. We’ve summed up three areas of focus to help you translate some of your style into your interiors.
Pops of colour
Try using colour in expected places- liven up a monochrome kitchen with a colourful splashback behind the sink or oven, using coloured or patterned tiles. Tiles also work well on the space at the bottom of kitchen cabinets to add an unexpected point of interest. Paint a feature wall in your favourite colour, or consider refurbishing older pieces of furniture with a few coats of bright paint.
If you don’t have any prints ready to hang in your home, consider a few alternatives. Use a patterned wallpaper as an accent, perhaps on the inside of a cupboard or display cabinet as an unexpected touch. If you love to display your children’s artwork on the fridge, why not frame a few of your favourite pieces and hang them up? You can frame all sorts of things to create a unique piece of artwork- tickets from a favourite trip or event, postcards you have collected or maybe a fun photo collage.
Display favourite items
Make a feature of beloved knick knacks by giving them a dedicated space on a shelf, bookcase or even on a coffee table. There is a big difference between clutter and carefully curated items, and the key is to remember that less is more. A few favourite antique pieces artfully arranged will be a great talking point for visitors, and means you get more joy out of them than if they were tucked away in a cupboard. If you like to collect things then don’t hide them away, make the most of them whilst also creating a focal point.
The best thing to remember is that there are no rules when it comes to interior design. Taking inspiration from magazines or designers to help recreate a style you admire is great, but remember to add a few little twists to make it your own. By incorporating your favourite colours, or displaying something more unusual, you will make a room feel much more personal. The most stylish rooms always have something that makes them unique.