Just about everyone has a single feature item in their home that they are especially proud of. It could be a beautifully crafted piece of antique furniture, or a skillfully restored fireplace. Or a magnificent chandelier – what the thing is is not necessarily important. What is, is the effect of that particular piece on the space it inhabits.
Of course, fireplaces take up space, and antiques are not for everyone. And yet we all need to put our own signature on our homes, which means that, more often than not, it’s the combination of the furnishings, fixtures and fittings we collect over time that determine whether a given space will fill us with love or loathing.
So, how do we achieve the former, rather than the latter?
With the exception of those otherworldly individuals who apparently need only to snap their fingers to transform any space into a masterpiece, it takes a great deal of careful consideration to put together a home that looks both beautiful and livable – noone wants to come home and feel as though they can’t kick off their shoes and curl up on the couch, after all. And, while there are no hard and fast rules, we have a suggestion or two that may be of use.
Firstly, very few people are able to bring together a wide range of different styles and end up with that perfect, eclectic boho effect. That’s why choosing complimentary colours and styles is important. You might have a variety of furniture pieces to work with, but if you maintain some continuity in the form of a series of similar lamp shades or light fittings, for example, and accent colours in your cushions and carpets, they can bring the room together beautifully.
Ultimately, of course, it’s entirely up to you – you’re the one who’s going to have to live with the end result. We simply wanted to point out that you needn’t spend vast amounts on a single feature; there are many ways in which you can play with repetition, texture and colour and light to turn your spaces into places you love to be in.