Being a design addict, my life involves being surrounded by beautiful products and images every day, which means my favourite things and colours are constantly changing. I like to think of it as an occupational hazard! Although there are some classic design rules I live by, I’m admittedly not very loyal to a particular trend for very long. Being a rental gypsy (as discussed in a previous post) means a quick fix of painting a wall my “favourite colour of the week” isn’t an option. Gosh life would be easier if I could! To combat this restlessness, I have come up with a way to make small changes around the home without making breaking the budget. If you are looking to make some alterations to the style of your space, you might find these ideas helpful…
Base line: Monochrome
I adore the simplicity of black, grey and white as you may have guessed with the styling and images of Designer Man Cave. As much love as I have for the entire rainbow of colours, the classic monochrome scheme gets me every time. This is my starting point and I purchase my big ticket items in neutral colours. I would like to own a bright turquoise lounge (this weeks favourite colour), but I fear that I would get bored of it in 6 months or less. Furniture for me, is an investment and I’m a big believer in ‘you get what you pay for’. When I go to the trouble and expense of buying a piece of furniture, I intend to have it for years to come. There are a few items in my collection that I hope will be handed down to future generations. With a blank canvas of black and white, then the fun starts with colour…
Time to define: Somewhere over the rainbow
Some of my male clients are a little awkward when I ask them what their favourite colour is. Fair enough too. It’s not something you are asked about after the age of 10 and for most gents, it’s a subject they don’t need to put any thought into. Until their interior designer throws the question at them! The psychology of colour is interesting in that just because you like a colour, it doesn’t necessarily mean you want to live with it. I am a huge fan of green, but it’s not a colour I want in my home. So the “what’s your favourite colour” question isn’t as simple as it seems. A quick way to narrow down the list is by process of elimination. My second question to my clients’ is “what colours don’t you like?”. A tell tale sign of your favourite colour palette can be found in your wardrobe too. We wear colours that we like, so have a look through your clothes and you might see a pattern emerging. When you figure out what colour scheme you like, you can use this as a guide for purchasing homewares and injecting some colour into your black and white scheme.
Accessorise: It’s all in the details
All colours work with a black and white monochrome scheme, but it’s still best to keep your chosen pops of colour limited. I’m guessing you don’t want to live in a space that is reminiscent of a daycare centre. To be really safe, choose one colour and use it in it’s different shades. An easy way colour can be subtly introduced into your interior is with an artwork. Then you can pick out different colours from the art and use them in other accessories like cushions, a rug or a smaller piece of furniture like an armchair or ottoman. When the time comes to update your interior, it is much easier to replace some cushions and a bedspread than it is a lounge.
If all else fails: Anything goes by being ‘Eclectic’
When you don’t have a particular style, your style can be referred to as ‘eclectic’ and it’s a very accepted term in the interior world. The definition is:
Deriving ideas, style or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.
It’s like a get out of [design] jail free card! This style is perfectly ok if you like to mix’n’match items in your home – odd chairs around the table, a variety of different types of wood finishes, home accessories from different eras…the list goes on and there aren’t any rules. It can quite often be the result of buying a whole bunch of stuff that you like, just because you like it and then putting it all in one space. Personally, this design aesthetic isn’t my taste but as a tip from me to you, if you are ever bailed up and required to defend your undefined style, throw the ‘eclectic’ word out there and it will be case closed very quickly. You can thank me later ;)
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