Top 10 decorating investments
If you don’t have an interior design plan it’s easy to get carried away collecting furnishings and accessories for the home that don’t fit in. There’s also the risk they may date quickly, and let’s face it, these dollars add up.
So it’s worth spending a little more time looking for the best example within your budget.
An oversized mirror brings a little magic to a room. It reflects the light and any views you may have, and makes a space look a lot bigger.
1. LARGE MIRROR 2. ONE GOOD ANTIQUE
One good piece can anchor an entire room. It may be a Midcentury Modern sideboard or a fabulous chest of drawers.
3. COMFORTABLE MODERN SOFA
If you can’t afford a room full of furniture, then opt for a single great sofa. Choose the best one you can afford. Even if everyone else sits on the floor, your room will look cool – and you will be comfortable.
It doesn’t need to cost a lot; it just has to be something you love.
A great rug will bring your room together visually and make it feel more intimate. But size matters. Annie Loveridge from the Ivy House says it’s best if the rug is large enough to beneath the front legs of the sofa and occasional chairs.
6. ONE GOOD TABLE OR FLOOR LAMP
Lighting is one of the most important decorating elements. Harsh overhead lighting can ruin the most beautiful room.
7. WARDROBE ORGANISER
Every home should have one. A wardrobe organiser is essential to maximise space – it also helps you find items easily. You can have a system custom designed.
8. COMFORTABLE BED
This is a no-brainer. We spend so many hours in bed, we need to be comfortable.
9. BEDSIDE FURNITURE
A small chest, a butler’s tray on a stand, an old trunk – choose whatever you like, but just make sure you have a place to put your phone and a book. It’s even better if there is space for a reading light.
10. LAUNDRY HAMPER
Again, it’s all about being organised. If you have a hamper handy to the bedroom and bathroom, you can simply toss your clothes in when you are getting changed. And more importantly, other members of the family will also be encouraged to be tidy.