10 of our best interior styling tips
Where should you turn for the best interior styling tips?
Buy a truckload of interior magazines, seek inspiration from dreamy Instagram feeds or hit up advice from that one friend who always seems to have the latest decor? As with most things in life, it’s always a good idea to ask the experts. And with a 95% success rate of return of investment from BOWERBIRD Interiors styled properties on the market, we think we might have a few interior styling tips to share…
1. Do more with less
Clutter is the enemy of all good interior styling. While it’s tempting to display every piece of decor that takes your fancy, interior stylists know how to edit. If in doubt, we follow the Coco Chanel rule: “Take one thing off”. (We know she was talking about fashion, but the point still stands!). Clearing the clutter will help you feel calmer… and buying less “stuff” will certainly be easier on your wallet, too.
2. Never choose style over function
That low-lying divan sofa you love may look incredible, but if it’s uncomfortable to sit down and relax after a long day, leave it in the furniture store. At BOWERBIRD Interiors, although aesthetics are crucial, they never get in the way of a functional space. After all, feeling comfortable in your own home is paramount.
3. Seek inspiration
Even the most experienced interior stylists look outwards for inspiration before they start a project. Compile online moodboards or scrapbooks, follow your favourite styling companies on Instagram or Pinterest and look for ideas in unexpected places. For example, we might springboard a whole design scheme off a single artwork or the property location.
4. Look to the light
Interior stylists are like moths, always attracted to the light and looking for a good lamp. An abundance of light will help you home look bigger, cleaner and just better. This is particularly important if you have a smaller property, but trust us when we say that a bright and breezy scheme is timeless. Improve the light in your home with white paint, good-quality lights and sheer curtains.
5. Stick to natural materials
Plastic surged into popularity in the Seventies and ever since cheap and flimsy has furniture decorated landfill. Natural materials last longer, look better and you can also feel good about your environmental footprint. Luckily, raw textures such as rattan and timber are popular right now and you don’t have to spend a fortune to get some stunning pieces that will last you many years.
6. Mix and match
It’s always good to have a theme to be inspired by when choosing furniture, decor and paint colours. But don’t be afraid to diverge from your theme, or even mix two completely different themes together. You’ll often see us blend minimalism and coastal chic, industrial and artistic styles – the list goes on. Start by choosing what you like and you’ll be surprised how well different styles merge.
7. Know your colour theory
Choosing a colour for your home is much more than just picking your favourite colour. After all, even if you are obsessed with canary-yellow you might not want to be surrounded by it at all times of the day. Colours affect your mood, so think about the kind of feeling you’d like to evoke in your new home and go from there. If you want to foster tranquility, go for shades of blue or blue. Conversely, choose warm reds or oranges for an energising effect.
8. Don’t spend big on trends
We can all get swept up in a big craze as it takes over Instagram feeds, interior magazines and department stores. However, these trends often burn too brightly and become dated just as quickly as they started. That doesn’t mean you can’t buy a trendy item that takes your fancy, but we recommend sticking to smaller pieces (such as cushions, throws, ornaments) which are easier and cheaper to swap out than big furniture.
9. Go green
One thing that won’t go out of style is sustainability. Interior stylists are more and more prioritising the use of environmentally friendly materials and energy-saving lights. Another easy thing you can do to help the planet is, of course, to grow plants. House plants look fantastic in all rooms, and help oxygenate the air as a bonus.
10. Don’t buy anything you don’t love
We understand the impatience that comes with styling your home. You just want it to be perfect now! Our final piece of advice is – don’t rush it. Sort out the big ticket items such as beds, sofas and tables, and collect the accessories as you go. If you’re not totally mad about an item, it doesn’t belong in your home.