Do you envy the look of a stylish show home? Are you inspired to recreate a similar look? It may not be a style that you’ll choose to copy every day in your home, but here’s a few inside tips to help achieve something similar on a budget.
Most of us have so many things on display that we don’t use or even notice anymore. Make a conscious effort to tidy up and keep just the things you love and that work together. Store, donate or sell anything that’s not essential.
Keep décor simple
Quite often the décor in show homes is actually very minimal. It’s designed to be easy on the eye and for the furniture and accessories to do the talking. Your walls just need to be clean and crisp, so steer clear of busy wallpapers and go for a fresh paint palette.
Great lighting is essential and can achieve so much. It’s key to creating an atmosphere and setting the mood. Lights can also be used to highlight a feature such as a great piece of artwork. The lights themselves can even be your ‘art’.
Fit for purpose?
Do all your rooms have a clearly defined use? If you have a junk room, now is the time to transform it into a useful space and show every room off to its full potential. Invest in streamlined storage solutions or upcycle an older piece to create a dream dressing room where once the ironing was piled high.
Fresh crisp white bedding is very ‘boutique hotel’, just dress it with a luxurious throw and plump cushions in your chosen colour.
Keep it streamlined, store away everyday shampoos and invest in new matching fluffy towels, for a hotel feel, try rolling your towels instead of folding.
The heart of the home
Kitchens are often the centre of family life and always a talking point in show homes. They make the greatest impact on buyers so it’s important to spend a little extra time bringing your décor together. Keep surfaces clutter-free and store away as much as possible. Having fresh flowers and herbs on display adds colour and scent with minimal effort.
Accessorising is the stylist’s secret weapon. To introduce this years trends for metallics of brass, copper and rose gold, opt for weathered candle sticks or dipped vases. These are great alternatives to buying large and expensive statement furniture pieces. Weathered wooden crates are also a favourite and fit with the ‘rustic meets luxury’ trend that’s everywhere this year – use as side tables, storage boxes or unique shelving.
First impressions count
Don’t forget your front door. It’s very easy to make the entrance to your home inviting with oversized pots and plants that offer sculpture, colour and scent as you arrive home. It’s setting the scene for your interior and it’s always worth starting as you mean to go on!