Life & Style Weekend - - HOME - WORDS: DANNI MORRISON

To put it simply, peo­ple hire in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tors to create some­thing they po­ten­tially can’t create them­selves. Dec­o­ra­tors must be able to think out­side the square to achieve beau­ti­ful, unique and chic spa­ces for their clients.

Ob­vi­ously, the op­tions of in­te­rior de­sign are end­less, how­ever each de­signer has a cou­ple of favourite tech­niques up their sleeve. This is one of mine.

I must start with some terms and con­di­tions by stat­ing there are, of course, cer­tain rules to abide by when con­sid­er­ing fur­ni­ture type and place­ment in any par­tic­u­lar sit­u­a­tion.

That said, plac­ing an unlikely and unique piece of fur­ni­ture in a room can re­store a sense of style to a space.

I’ve prob­a­bly con­fused you at this point, so here are some ex­am­ples.

Bar carts most cer­tainly do not need to be con­fined to the realms of the bar, games room or man cave. They also make great stor­age so­lu­tions, or per­haps act as a small buf­fet for a liv­ing or din­ing room.

Fill the cart with books, green­ery, a lamp and, of course, the re­motes for great looks and func­tion­al­ity. With their tiered shelv­ing, bar carts make su­per-prac­ti­cal, chic and aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing bed­side ta­bles.

With ev­ery­day bed­side ta­ble items on top, the bot­tom shelf is the per­fect spot for your hand­bag or man­bag.

Not just a piece of fur­ni­ture to sit and eat at, a round din­ing ta­ble makes an im­pres­sive over­sized side ta­ble and, in my opin­ion, they can be styled into al­most ev­ery room.

They can act as a large side ta­ble in a liv­ing room, a state­ment piece in an en­try or foyer, or my per­sonal favourite, a cor­ner filler in a bed­room.

When con­structed of ma­te­ri­als ap­pro­pri­ate for the out­doors, a din­ing ta­ble can make a fab­u­lous fea­ture in a gar­den or out­door en­ter­tain­ing area. Layer pots and planters all in dif­fer­ing heights on the ta­ble to add in­ter­est to an area need­ing a lit­tle stylish


When se­lect­ing the fur­ni­ture for your home, try and think out­side the box and create different so­lu­tions for each space.

While Pin­ter­est and In­sta­gram can be of great as­sis­tance, it’s your per­sonal flair and thought process that can take a room from look­ing like a generic fur­ni­ture cat­a­logue to some­thing unique, spec­tac­u­lar and stylish.

For more in­te­rior de­sign in­spi­ra­tion, visit www.de­sign­by­danni.com.

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