When my husband and I moved in together we did that hapless thing of taking two people’s worth of possessions and plonked them altogether in a house. It doesn’t make for the most cohesive interior design, let me tell you! Over the years, I’m slowly whittling away at what we have and replacing with what I’d rather have – hence jumping at the chance to curate an edit for the lovely people at Houseology – but I’m still a while away from my vision of a chic, minimal home with splashes of curated colour!
Which is why starting with a clean slate is an absolute dream and something we’ve been lucky enough to do with an old farmhouse we’re doing up in Portugal. Although styling a holiday home is slightly different to a London Victorian terrace, the lessons I’ve learnt are ones that I would apply in both. And I think that’s more to do with refining my taste and how I like a home to look – here are my top tips.
01. Build a room around a carpet! Might sound crazy I know, but the right carpet on floorboards or tiles can make such an impact and really set the tone for a living room or kitchen. I’m really loving textured neutral carpets like this shagpile PR Home Flock rug right now.
02. Layer up lighting with side lamps and floor lamps. I am not a big fan of overhead lighting – the wrong kind can might me feel uncomfortable and stressed. So I love mixing up lower levels with industrial style table and floor lamps. Create space for these pieces, so you don’t end up with a cluttered look.
03. Of course a room should be full of useful objects, but it doesn’t mean they can’t be pretty and decorative at the same time. I’m such a sucker for baskets which can have multiple purposes – laundry and wood baskets as well as storing beauty products, magazines, toys, shoes and books. A set of storage baskets are perfect for scattering round the house.
04. Tying the style of a room and house together is something that can be easily done by clever use of colour. Decide on your palette – my ideal is a light base (eg. light-coloured or white floorboards and big furniture pieces), copper mid-tones, ideal for eye-catching kitchen accessories and lighting – love these Tom Dixon trays – and accents of pink, yellow and green for cushions, throws and art.
05. And lastly, mirrors. I love how other worldly mirrors in unexpected places are and how wonderfully transformative of a space an unusual piece of glass can be – I can’t take my eyes of this industrial style zinc one by Andrew Martin. Experiment! The right positioning can be elegant and beautifully decorative.
With thanks to Julia Rebaudo, Stylonylon