Decorating through the life stages
Your 20s is a decade for developing your personal style. This means taking risks, experimenting and having fun with decorating. ‘‘Hit the op-shops and pick up cute vases, planters or quirky pieces to add life and playfulness to your space,’’ said Victoria Bibby of Bibby and Brady. ‘‘You’ll probably be sharing a house with flatmates, so a bright throw or vintage sari can disguise an old sofa, or double as wall art.’’
Wellington-based designer Bridget Foley said it’s worthwhile to spend a little extra on a great bed and beautiful bedding.
‘‘In a shared house your bedroom is the only space that’s just yours,’’ Bibby said.
‘‘Buy the best quality bed you can afford and invest in a beautiful linen duvet and sheet set.’’
As you enter your 30s, life often becomes more family-focused and your home will start to reflect this. ‘‘Loose covered furniture is a Godsend,’’ Foley said.
‘‘I have had white loose covered furniture since I have had children and they work really well.
‘‘A friend said recently, ‘Buy furniture your children will fight over,’ which I thought was a good point.’’
As your style matures, you might begin to rethink a few of your earlier purchases.
‘‘Look around your home and be honest about what you love and get rid of what you don’t,’’ Bibby said.
‘‘Start investing in interesting pieces that reflect your style and, as pubs and clubs are replaced with dinner parties, a great dinner set and glassware is essential.’’
By the time you reach your 40s, it’s well and truly time to showcase your refined style and keepsakes you’ve collected over the years.
‘‘Think luxury – statement art and furniture pieces, that designer lamp you could never afford, a cashmere throw to replace your old cotton one,’’ Bibby said.
‘‘I would also recommend introducing antique pieces.
‘‘They’re full of character, add a uniqueness, and can look amazing mixed with more modern pieces,’’ Bibby added.
‘‘You may be lucky enough to have inherited pieces from family, which adds a rich history and story to your home.’’