Cham­pagne taste on a beer bud­get

Keep­ing costs down while styling up your liv­ing room is eas­ier than you think, writes Cather­ine Nikas-Bou­los

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Home - - STYLE - Cather­ine.nikas@news.com.au

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.

Green room

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.

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