How to decorate your home with the right accessories
When you take pride in how your home looks, you want to get every little bit just right. This can be a frustrating process, especially if you’re not clued up on interior design. You might see your perfect kitchen on Pinterest but how do you achieve it? How do you get that gorgeous, photograph-worthy look if you’re not a professional stylist?
The answer lies in the detail. It’s all about the accessories you choose to work in harmony with the main features and colours of the room. In this blog post, we run through each main room of the house and discuss how best to accessorise it. The result? A well put-together house that could be mistaken for a showhome.
The living room
Let’s start with one of the most important rooms in the house: the living room. It may well be the first room guests enter when they first arrive at your house. So how do we make a good impression? First things first, don’t be afraid to add a personal touch. After all, the living room is a very personal room and it’s probably where you spend a lot of time as a family. Photographs in frames, trinkets you’ve collected and a vase of your favourite flowers are all great ways to make it feel homely and well thought-out.
In terms of creating that showhome look, make sure you select accessories in textures and shades that complement each other. Don’t choose completely matching features as this will make the room look washed out. However, tonal shades are brilliant for tying your living room together and creating a polished finish. Natural colours are particularly useful to think about: beige, tan, stone, brown – all of these work well together across a variety of textures. Comfort is key in the living room, so think about that too! Don’t clutter the surfaces with accessories and decor. Choose a few pieces that really show off your style and your personality.
In the kitchen, it’s important not to get too caught up in accessorising. Practicality must come first in the kitchen, then think about the detail. However, that’s not to say we don’t appreciate a lovely-looking kitchen! Choose a colour that you’d like to go for and then stick to it when it comes to buying accessories, small appliances and utensils. For example, in our photograph below you can see a mixing bowl, a salt grinder and some mini containers all in a beautiful dark grey colour. This coordination brings a kitchen together and makes it feel much more homely. You don’t have to worry about getting the decor perfect in a kitchen, as long as the environment is clean, tidy and pleasant to cook in. Sometimes, the best accessory is the smell of freshly baked cupcakes!
Let’s take things into the bedroom now. Presumably, this is where you spend the majority of your time, even if it is only for sleeping. The bedroom is probably the most personal room of the house and it’s also probably where you keep most of your stuff. Therefore, it’s important to get the big things like storage and decent furniture sorted before you even think about accessorising. There’s no point in buying hundreds of candles and trinkets if you haven’t even got anywhere to store your clothes!
However, it can be really fun to think about interior design in the bedroom. Your bedding is a good place to start. As the bed is usually the centrepiece of a bedroom, the bed sheets, throws and cushions you choose can have a massive impact on how the entire room looks. Go for a colour scheme that you like and also one that will match the rest of the room’s decor. Try to get a balance between personality and style. We like neutral colours in the bedroom, particularly grey, to achieve that showhome look. That’s not for everyone though! If you want to go for grey, perhaps throw in a few brighter cushions to show off your personality. Overall, the main points to remember are these:
- Don’t over-accessorize, your bedroom is a place to relax and unwind
- Choose colours which you like, not ones which are ‘fashionable’
- Go for a combination of subtle and brighter accessories so the room doesn’t feel either too washed out or too ‘in your face’
- Candles are your best friend!
The kids’ bedroom
And finally, the kid’s bedroom. If you’ve got little ones at home, you’ll probably know the trials and tribulations of sorting the bedroom out. Toys all over the floor sounds familiar, right? Well, if you create a space that both you and your child can be proud of, you’re much less likely to feel dread when you enter their room! This is where we can really start to have fun with decor. After all, you want it to be fun and playful or it won’t feel like a kid’s room at all. Don’t mimic the rest of your home, no matter how lovely and neutral it may be.
Try to choose decor and accessories that will give your little one a reason to get into bed at night! Get inventive with storage solutions like personalised pegs or hangers. We’ve added a beautiful feature wall to our showhome kid’s room, along with some subtle but matching accessories. It’s fun, it’s playful, yet it still looks like part of a well-planned home without losing any personality or style. Favourite cartoons are a great place to start. Alternatively, go down the route of ‘stars and space’ or ‘flowers and fairies’ if they can’t choose – having a theme always works well in children’s bedrooms.