7 steps to mak­ing a STYLE STATE­MENT

PUT YOUR OWN PER­SONAL STAMP ON YOUR HOME WITH ART, COLOUR AND CLEVER CHOICES. HERE ARE SEVEN TIPS TO CON­SIDER ON YOUR DEC­O­RAT­ING JOUR­NEY

Home Beautiful - - HOMES - WORDS HOLLY BYRNE

CRE­ATE A MOODBOARD

Mood­boards – whether dig­i­tal or phys­i­cal – are the place to start. They’ll help you to get a grasp on what your style is and how it can be ex­hib­ited. “Col­lect im­ages you love and you’ll start to see a style you are ac­tu­ally cre­at­ing with­out hav­ing to ver­balise it,” says style ex­pert Tri­ana Odone of King Liv­ing. Add items you love, from colour swatches, pho­to­graphs of rooms or par­tic­u­lar pieces, and con­sider how th­ese might work to­gether. “Your home should tell a story of you as a per­son, not what is on trend,” says in­te­rior stylist Aimee Tarulli, our House To Home Beau­ti­ful ex­pert.

GET CRE­ATIVE WITH COLOUR

Har­ness­ing the power of colour is an ef­fec­tive way to cre­ate mood and make a state­ment. Con­sider colours that speak to you be­fore work­ing out a pal­ette for your home that com­ple­ments its style, and that you love enough to live with. “You don’t want a kalei­do­scope house, but change up the look from room to room,” sug­gests Aimee. Soft, calm­ing hues are great for ca­sual liv­ing spa­ces and bed­rooms, but for more for­mal liv­ing and din­ing zones, ex­per­i­ment with darker shades for a deep, moody ef­fect.

ES­TAB­LISH THE BA­SICS

Fur­nish­ing a new home re­lies on a solid foun­da­tion. “Sta­ples like din­ing ta­bles and beds should be a more pre­mium prod­uct be­cause you have to look at com­fort and longevity as well as the aes­thet­ics,” says Tri­ana. Go for a sim­ple and time­less de­sign so they’ll stand the test of time (left), leav­ing the style state­ments to scat­ter cush­ions, throws, bed­li­nen and ta­ble set­tings (be­low). So­fas and oc­ca­sional chairs in neu­tral-coloured ma­te­ri­als are a good choice colour-wise as they suit most schemes, giv­ing you the chance to ring the changes down the track.

“TRY NOT TO WORRY ABOUT THINGS dat­ing. pieces you love DO WHAT YOU LOVE, AND IN­CLUDE – chances are IT’S AC­CES­SORIES OR FIT­TINGS. IF YOU LOVE IT, YOU’LL LOVE IT FOR­EVER” ~ AIMEE TARULLI

SEEK OUT STATE­MENT PIECES

Ev­ery room de­serves a high­light or two. Size, tex­ture, colour and shape are all con­tribut­ing fac­tors when mak­ing a fo­cal point – think fea­ture wall, ex­trav­a­gant bed­head or a wow-fac­tor item, like the over­sized floor lamp in this Black Lac­quer De­sign liv­ing room. Go bold, as it can be swapped or re­placed. “Take a pic­ture of the room it’ll go in and keep it handy when you go shop­ping,” says in­te­rior stylist Aimee Tarulli. Make note of the ex­ist­ing colours within the space and find some­thing that’s go­ing to pop.

CON­SIDER THE ‘FIFTH WALL’

Floor­ing can have a big im­pact, from the de­tail­ing on pol­ished con­crete to the sub­tle pat­tern of par­quetry. It can be use­ful – link­ing rooms for a seam­less look through­out your home and as a base for the over­all scheme – but also beau­ti­ful. A pat­terned floor might not re­quire em­bel­lish­ment, but if you have a plainer style, rugs (be­low) are a win­ner. “In­cred­i­ble hand-tufted rugs, al­most like art­work, are be­ing de­signed now,” says Tri­ana Odone of King Liv­ing. Use them to de­fine zones, cosy up spa­ces, add in­ter­est and colour, and even as the start­ing point for a dec­o­rat­ing look.

ADD THE FIN­ISH­ING TOUCHES

From hand­made quilts and heir­looms to or­na­ments col­lected abroad, it is of­ten the lit­tle things that mat­ter most. Layer your space with th­ese mean­ing­ful me­men­toes for a homely touch. Fam­ily pho­tos can make the per­fect cen­tre­piece for a styled vi­gnette. “Add other pieces like ce­ramic ob­jects or a vase of flow­ers, to cre­ate an am­bi­ence around that mem­ory,” says Aimee. Try light­en­ing up a loaded book­shelf with a few ob­jets d’art (right), or have a tex­tile brought back from a trip framed as art­work.

BE YOUR OWN CU­RA­TOR

Art­work is one of the most pow­er­ful and cre­ative ways to ex­press your per­son­al­ity, his­tory and in­flu­ences. It can set the mood of the room, di­rect a colour pal­ette and kick­start con­ver­sa­tion. Art ex­pert Kara Forsythe, owner of For­man Pic­ture Fram­ing, sug­gests re­search­ing dif­fer­ent styles of art and pho­tog­ra­phy to see what ap­peals to you. “Art­work should be a re­flec­tion of our own life, loves and per­son­al­ity,” says Kara. In­vest­ing in art can seem a daunt­ing propo­si­tion, but it needn’t be. Trust your in­stincts. If you love it, it will work.

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