I’m sure by now that any seller worth their sales notices has studied the final ‘dressing-up’ that happens on shows like The Block, and yet many homes go to open day with less than their best on show. No doubt some vendors avoid tackling tired interiors because of a lack of design confidence. After all, is it really possible to emulate effortless chic on a budget, and in an ordinary suburban family home? Absolutely!
The following are five basics to designing an inviting, stylish room that can be achieved by a motivated vendor:
Create your palette
Choose a palette of colours that complement each other to be used throughout the home for a cohesive finish. This does not mean that every room should have uniform wall or skirting colours. Nor does it mean that every curtain or accent piece should match. Rather than locking you in, a well-chosen palette offers scope for experiment and will give you the confidence to make bold decisions within your chosen theme.
When it comes to decorating, using a focal point to complete the look of a room is better than cramming too many items into one space. Focal pieces can also be valuable investment items that give a room depth and luxury without overstatement. Good choices include artwork, a piece of bespoke furniture, a fireplace or sensational light fittings. Follow your own tastes, but remember set pieces should add to, and complement, the overall look, and feel of a room.
Use furniture that is consistent in height and style
Use low furniture to give your room a feeling of space and height, and think about keeping the height consistent. The overall look of a room will pull together more easily if furniture is similar in height and style. Of course, once you have your furniture in place add a focal piece to enhance the overall effect.
Add space and light with a mirror
Mirrors are a cheap and attractive option to add depth and light to any room. With a little bit of creativity and planning, a mirror can be used to reflect a focal piece or bounce light into dark corners. When choosing a mirror, ensure that its size balances with the other furniture in the room and take the time to plan where it hangs for maximum wow factor.
Add texture and colour
The style of linen, curtains, and pillows you choose can determine how your room presents to a first time viewer. Deciding whether you will go for a cozy retreat or upmarket, luxe living will determine the textures, styles and colour schemes of your soft furnishings. Remember everyone loves crisp, clean linen and a good stack of cushions will always come in handy!
Using these five tips will help you create an inviting, stylish home with a cohesive interior design that will enhance the best features of your home and allow its character to shine through.