Steal Katie’s style… Go Granny-chic forw a retro Vibe

Are you in the mood for a lit­tle nos­tal­gia? Be in­spired by Katieõs unique home and bring vin­tage fur­nish­ings into the 21st cen­tury

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mag­pie eye can of­ten lead to a jum­bled as­sort­ment of colours, prints and pat­terns that re­sults in a chaotic look that’s far from the calm haven you’d like to live in. But don’t let that stop you from hunt­ing through junk shops and col­lect­ing vin­tage home­wares, fab­rics and fur­nish­ings. We re­veal all the tips and tricks you need to achieve a stylish and co­or­di­nated in­te­rior.

AFresh start

Planned well, you can turn your love of all things shabby chic into a so­phis­ti­cated and smart scheme. Be­gin with a clean, sim­ple base by strip­ping any ex­ist­ing wall­pa­per and paint­ing all walls in a bright white hue. Bare floor­boards work par­tic­u­larly well with this style of decor, but if you are a to­tal car­pet con­vert, make sure you go for a neu­tral shade. From Katie’s home, we’ve learnt that a neu­tral back­drop is the best foun­da­tion on which to build from.

Make and dec­o­rate

As this style com­bines both vin­tage el­e­ments and a con­tem­po­rary fresh ap­proach, this type of scheme will suit pe­riod homes and also more mod­ern builds. The key is learn­ing to bring to­gether unique el­e­ments and ob­jects with­out your home look­ing like a jum­ble sale. The way to do this is to plan and stick to a colour scheme, then find a way to dis­play your favourite items in­no­va­tively, and fin­ish off by dec­o­rat­ing with unique, home­made touches. You’ll soon find that by giv­ing your retro home­wares and crafty makes a lit­tle more room to breathe, you’ll ac­tu­ally be mak­ing them the star of the show.

Pick a pal­ette

Be­fore dec­o­rat­ing, choose two to three co­or­di­nat­ing colours – a lim­ited pal­ette will tie an as­sort­ment of styles and ob­jects to­gether. you will need to con­sider these shades when you cu­rate your col­lec­tions and only dis­play items that fit in with your scheme. Duck-egg blue with cherry red is pop­u­lar, or go for pas­tels with pink, yel­low and green.

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