Quirk. It’s hard to do, but get it right and you’ve got yourself one fabulous room. Quirk is the unexpected, the confusing, the doesn’t-quite-belong element that sets a room apart from something you’d see in a catalogue. It takes the formula out of the perfect room. You can do quirk with just one surprise piece, or a collection. Maybe something gathered on an overseas adventure, a piece of furniture handed down from loved ancestors, or a painting done by a child.
This room ( right), styled by Australian interior stylists Fenton & Fenton, takes the collected approach to quirk. The African-inspired art, the bright blue rhino and the stuffed magpie are a world away from the cool blues and warm timber that anchor the decor.
You might take a more sedate approach with a single unexpected piece. Try the punk element of a painted skull on a coffee table. Similarly, a tattered old book adds depth to a stark modern bedside table, or an animal hide rug in a pastel room injects a surprise masculine vibe.
The trick is to add quirk with something you love, something that references your own life. It makes for a far better conversation when someone inevitably asks you about that weird but fabulous piece that doesn’t quite belong.