And than a hero comes along…… How to take your space from drab to fab!

Interior Design and Decorator Tips

No I’m not going to break into song Mariah Carey style……. but I do want to share what I feel makes a room go from beige to wow, or drab to fab and memorable. I mean don’t we all want ‘that’ room where we walk into it and go “wow love this look”.

How can you achieve that ‘wow’ in your space?

1.  Be prepared to take risks, don’t play it safe. If you love that quirky vintage piece that you saw in your local antique store, buy it and feature it in your room.

2.  Add a ‘hero’ piece or three. Something unpredictable that’s a real show stopper. Be brave. I have few clients that are willing to embrace this side of my design advice but I love it when they do, as its then, that the magic happens.

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This is a room that draws me in, it’s a place I would love to spend time in.  The rooms neutral backdrop allows for the pops of colour to feature well.  Photo Credit:  Interior by Abigail Ahern.

3.  Showcase the ‘hero’. Be sure your hero piece/s are featured well, if it is a striking big white sculpture, don’t put it against your neutral coloured wall rather place it against your feature charcoal or navy wall so that it really pops.

4. Play with scale. Put an oversize piece of art in a small space it will both draw attention and also make the space feel cosier.

5. Be you. Your interior needs to reflect you. If you love quirky than this ‘hero’ concept probably comes natural for you, however if you are more conservative work with that, but push your design limits out to still include a hero in your space. For instance if you love the modern classic style, a hero piece for this could be a bust sculpture, or an oversized flower arrangement placed on a gorgeous round pedestal table in your entry (space allowing of course – see image below).

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Photo credit:  Jeffrey Allen Marks

6.  Tastefully does it.  Be sure that the ‘hero’ piece that you add is still tasteful and in keeping with the style of your room, from a quality point of view. For example you wouldn’t want to have a room that is full of Coco Republic Furniture and then add a decorator piece that is from the Reject Shop, I know that’s an extreme example but I’m sure you get the point.  Be careful that your quirky hero piece doesn’t cheapen the rooms overall look.

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The black and white stripe chair is the hero in this image, as is the jumbo black pendant that also shows a perfect example of how scale can contribute to the overall ‘fab’ look of a room.  Photo credit:  justinteriorideas

You will find when you start bringing some ‘hero’ into your room it will be a conversation starter especially in a living space where you entertain guests. I know I always love walking into rooms and seeing interesting pieces, asking about them only to hear a fantastic back story of how the owners discovered this ‘hero’ piece when they were on holiday as a family, loved it so decided to bring it home and feature it. They felt a connection to the piece which then reflects them well to those who enter their space, this is definitely an important ingredient in making an interior go from drab to wow!