Decorating isn’t easy, especially when there are so many things out there to pack into your home (trust us, we know all about homewares purchase anxiety). The easiest way to ensure your place has a nice balance of harmony, interest, wow factor and personality is to ensure that you include some basic design elements and features. Use this list a bit of a starting pad if you like and you won’t be so overwhelmed the next time your knee-deep in cushions and throws at IKEA.
10 – Flower Power
Yes, we know they die and we know they’re temporary, but they’re the ultimate way to bring the outside in and they bring a sense of vitality and nature to a room the way nothing else can.
Better still, there are flowers to suit every budget and you can press them and turn them into timeless art if you like (we’ll show you how to in an upcoming post).
9 – Cushions, Cushions, Cushions
No matter how gorgeous a couch is, it is bare and lonely without a cluster of cushions. But don’t be limited to scattering them only on your lounge – place big ones on the floor, arrange some on your bed and even stack some on side chairs and tables. There are so many designs out there now that you’ll have an endless supply coming in and out of your home.
8 – A Colourful Tea Set / Crockery
Sure you can make a cuppa with a simple dunking of a teabag. But why would you when you can use a beautiful tea set to create an amazing brew to enjoy with friends? There are gorgeous sets in stores like T2 and you can even find some funky vintage ones in second hand stores or at the markets.
7 – A Large Mirror
Not only do these beauties bounce light around the room and make a small space seem larger, but they are a piece of art in their own right. And yes, admittedly, large mirrors purchased new can set you back a bit of cash, but you will have them for an eternity. Plus, you can score decent second hand frames if you do a bit of searching (we got a one-off for $50) and getting the mirror cut to size isn’t too costly!
6 – A Statement Armchair
Regardless of what size room you have, designers everywhere will agree that a solo chair to the side of or across from a couch is an ideal configuration. A statement chair is your chance to let your creativity flourish and to get a little daring. Go for an ornate French vibe like the one above or simply grab an armless chair and decorate it with a cushion. If it’s situated by a window it makes for the perfect reading spot (and if you have a pet they’re sure to cosy up on it and make it their own).
5 – A Variety of Candles
Candles are without a doubt one of the things we flock to first when we enter any homeware store – and for good reason! The glassware, the shapes, the sizes, the scents! There really is a candle out there for every person, be it a more high-end Crabtree and Evelyn purchase, a mid-range Freedom buy or a simple tealight candle popped into a glass jar you have lying around the house. Mix and match them as you please and your home will thank you for it!
4 – At Least One Lamp
Lighting is one of the most important elements in any room, so a lamp is a must-have. You can splurge and get a large and elaborate one to make a real statement piece of, but if your budget doesn’t allow for it then buy a few smaller ones and let them live on side tables around your home. If your colour scheme is fairly neutral or your bored with your current vibe, a lamp like the ones above are great for creating a pop of colours.
3 – A Vintage Piece of Furniture
Again when it comes to vintage furniture it is all about your budget. If you can afford to go to an antique store and score a really old find, go for your life. But if your wallet cries out the moment you venture into a vintage shop, then opt for some smaller vintage pieces like artworks, vases, pots, lamps, mirrors and more. The best way to create harmony is to mix and match new and old, so keep that in mind and you can’t go wrong!
2 – Eclectic Pieces of Art
Your art tells the story of who you are and what you’re into more than most things in your home do, so don’t be afraid to experiment. There are seriously cheap pieces in stores like Typo and you should never be afraid to get a canvas and some paints from an art store and try making your own. Photos stuck to the wall near a frame (pictured above) is a great way to cluster memories in your room and will really play off one another.
1 – Personal and Everyday Items
Your house should never look like a show home; it’s an abode containing your life’s loves. When people visit, they should get a sense of who you are and see your everyday items and treasured memories displayed around the place. Ensure you make your fruit a focal point, leave out items like teddy bears, have a photo wall capturing your loved ones at their best and leave out books and magazines you’re fond of. It’s the only way to truly achieve a home with heart!