Style’s what you make it

The Weekend Post - Real Estate - - Front Page - Juliet Love

DON’T pick up another paint­brush un­til you read th­ese top 10 se­crets from a top in­te­rior de­signer.

An eclec­tic mix is much more ex­cit­ing. Cre­ate a ‘‘story’’ by plac­ing items to­gether that might be dif­fer­ent styles but have some­thing about them that is sim­i­lar: a touch of gold paint in the de­tail, for ex­am­ple, is enough to tie pieces to­gether.

When you’re talk­ing decor and ac­ces­sories, big is gen­er­ally bet­ter. A few care­fully se­lected large-scale items make a room seem larger.

The new fash­ion is for over­sized ta­ble lamps, stylish pen­dant lights, and wall sconces. Al­ways choose warm bulbs, and in lamps a low wattage is best. Harsh, flat light­ing will make liv­ing ar­eas seem un­invit­ing.

Smart and stylish, you can’t beat fresh white bed­li­nen and tow­els. Far from im­prac­ti­cal, they are easy to bleach when nec­es­sary and al­ways look crisp.

Ac­ces­sories help to give your home char­ac­ter: things like rugs, art­work, trays and can­dles will all make a de­signer state­ment. Mix and match tex­tures and fab­rics; dis­play col­lec­tions of favourite finds.

Wall­pa­per looks bril­liant in small spa­ces: an en­try foyer, hall­way – even on the ceil­ing. Don’t just stick to patterned wall­pa­per; tex­tured wall­pa­per can look re­ally fab­u­lous, too.

Use an in­sert a cou­ple of inches larger than the size of your cush­ion cover for plump-look­ing cush­ions. Sim­i­larly, cur­tains that are two or two-and-a-half times wider than the win­dow or open­ing will look much fuller.

In­vest­ing in a few big-ticket items will al­ways make a home look richer and more lux­u­ri­ous.

Dec­o­rat­ing choices don’t have to be for­ever. Your dec­o­rat­ing style will evolve over time, and you’ll learn what does and doesn’t work.

Draw up a rough floor plan of a dif­fer­ent ar­range­ment to help you to vi­su­alise the space in another way. Some­times mov­ing fur­ni­ture a few inches out from the wall can give a more so­phis­ti­cated look.

Pic­ture: THINKSTOCK

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