HANDY STYLE HACKS
When redecorating your home, it’s difficult to strike the balance between expressing your personality and not risking having dated decor in years to come. My advice is to always ignore what’s on trend.
People set way too much store on trends and feel that their home has to somehow be ‘on trend’ – it doesn’t. Your home is your home, it’s about you and the things you love.
PREDICT THE PASSING TRENDS There’s no hard or fast rule to dodge these, but fads do tend to take off quickly.
A perfect example is a Moroccan-style rug, which I happen to love and didn’t know when I bought my antique Moroccan rug that these rugs were going to become ubiquitous.
If you love something today, it’s hard to know if you’ll love it in five years, but for me the test is if it’s super, super trendy right now, then it might not be so forever.
UPDATE OLD FURNITURE If you do have a big-ticket piece which you bought years ago and it’s now dated considerably – like a sofa – there are ways of updating this. If it’s a good-quality lounge suite that still functions, the obvious solution is to have it reupholstered in a neutral tone to bring it into this decade.
If you can’t afford that, you can change the look and feel with new cushions.
INVEST IN A CLASSIC COLOUR PALETTE When it comes to decorating your walls, I would advise people looking to keep their homes timeless to opt for paint over wallpaper, as wallpaper is more costly to put up and replace. If you want to introduce colour, I suggest using accessories – lamps, cushions and rugs – rather than painting the walls. WOR DS : T R AC E Y HO R D E R N
I admit I’m one of those nerds who genuinely loves a good home hack, especially if it adds style and costs little. Following are some of my personal favourite style hacks that I have either picked up on or implemented this year.
The pillowcase hack This neat trick has caught on universally. No more searching the linen cupboard to find a complete set. Once washed, just place your sheets and one pillowcase, neatly folded to fit in the second pillowcase.
The bedhead makeover There are a few easy ways to change the look of your bedhead. The first – and most simple – is by hanging a piece of fabric that you love over the bedhead. Another strategy is to paint the bedhead with chalk paint and then add some upholstery tacks to complete the look. This style hack also works for other pieces of upholstered furniture, such as chairs.
Up-style the front door To stylishly upgrade your front door, place a ceiling medallion at the centre or side depending where the door handle is placed. You can paint the medallion the same colour as the door or a different colour for an even more dramatic look.
Trolleys Bar trolleys are completely on trend, but they can often be expensive. An affordable option for these can be found in most major stores. Trolleys are also an effective place to store children’s toys, bathroom or laundry accessories and can be used in the garage to store car products.