Champagne taste on a beer budget
Keeping costs down while styling up your living room is easier than you think, writes Catherine Nikas-Boulos
Much like fashion, we all have a complicated relationship with homewares. There are the things we really want, the things we can afford and those that will actually fit in the space we have to work with.
The biggest myth is that you need to be cashed up to be able to present a room that is richly decorated. It’s simply not true that the most expensive items need to be grouped together in one room to create a “wow” space. In fact, mixing different brands of different price points can be a way to showcase a more inspired and individual look.
Homewares retailers such as Freedom and Ikea adapt to trends quickly.
This means that anything from on-trend kitchen stools, cushions and prints, which are heralded as the “next big thing” at European trade fairs, will be made available rather quickly to local consumers. Better yet, at an affordable price.
If you have the money to splurge on one item in the room, then it should be on a bigticket item, such as a couch. Thinking ahead, the couch should be comfortable, solidly built and classic enough that it can work back with different trends as the years pass.
Buying a couch that does not scream for attention allows you the freedom to work your seasonal magic around it to create a fabulous room.
Decorating on a budget
Cushions and throws are the new hero items. Cheap and cheerful, they can create magic in a room. Without having to commit to a colour via a feature wall, the lashings of colourful fabrics in seasonal hues will allow a room to transition from winter to summer with relative ease.
There are no real rules about mixing colour palettes, but if you need to follow a guide, pick a colour that might feature in a rug or curtain and then go from there.
Artwork is another way to make a grand style statement without breaking the bank. Major original art pieces can set you back in the thousands, but beautiful prints in this season’s colours, will not.
If money is really tight, you could try your hand at it yourself. It can be as simple as downloading some great quotes or landscapes and using a colour printer to bring them to life. A basic white frame is enough to dress the print and create a wall of art that will impress.
Flowers and plants are another way to breathe a sense of style and luxury into a room. It’s a no-fail way to add warmth and colour in a room without breaking the bank.
Like art works, pots don’t have to be expensive. Terracotta pots can be painted to celebrate a season or to fit in with a particular colour palette. Save money by buying smaller plants and watching them thrive.
White is the ultimate in luxury. This space created by Norsu Interiors layers natural materials such as linens, leather, seagrass and animal skins for a tactile result.
Nothing says luxury like velvet. These cushions by Kip & Co available from Vavoom channel a little tropical resort style.