How To Make Your Room Feel More Spacious

Advice, Art, Colour, Furniture, furniture layout, Inspiration, lighting, The decorating process

I often have clients ask me how they can make their small spaces feel larger.  So I thought today I’d share a few easy changes you can make to any room to make it feel larger then it actually is.  Sometimes it’s all about

How to choose the best art for your room

Advice, Art, Inspiration, Styling

The right piece of art can really increase the visual interest of any space.  Have you ever walked into a room and been captured by a unique piece of art that took your breath away?  I love rooms like that, people love rooms like that we all want to have rooms like that.  Let’s talk through how you, can get a room

Get yourself some Radiant Orchid

Colour, Concept/Mood/Colour Board, Interior trends

 

Radiant Orchid has been named Pantone’s Colour of 2014.  I think this is a fabulous, vibrant, fun yet captivating colour that can definitely be introduced to our interiors.  Lets explore some ways to do this.

  1. Use Radiant Orchid for upholstery on your accent chairs and for scatter cushions.
  2. Yellow or Gold compliments Radiant Orchid but don’t over do it.  Less is more.
  3. Radiant Orchid walls in the right room could work a treat.  
  4. Not wanting to change your whole interior? Buy some radiant orchid toned flowers to bring your room up to date.
  5. Play with the varying tones of Radiant Orchid, along with the shades and tints surrounding it using them for for a variety of elements in your room.  This will add depth and interest.
  6. Pair Radiant Orchid with white if you are wanting a subtler look, grey/brown for drama and yellow for a bold effect.
  7. Finally add some quirk to your room (i.e. an animal coffee table perhaps?) to make it more eye catching and memory making.

I’d love to hear how you use Radiant Orchid, feel free to comment below.

Below are some more ideas of ways to use Radiant Orchid in your home:

 

How to style a bookshelf

Advice, DIY, Inspiration, Interior trends, Styling

Now there are bookshelves and then there are bookshelves. As long as I can remember I have always loved a well styled bookshelf, one that tells me something about the owner, one that tells a story and captures the imagination…. over the top? Maybe but hey, I say it’s time to make our boring book filled bookshelves beautiful.

6 Easy steps on how to style your bookshelf

  1. Take everything out of the bookshelf and begin with a clean canvas.
  2. Start putting your books into your shelf – books can be placed on the shelf both vertically and horizontally.
  3. Next…. add family photos, framed small pieces of art to your shelves.
  4. Place other meaningful decorative objects such as an interesting sculpture, a trinket that you received as a gift from your children or mother… basically anything that adds texture and interest to the bookshelf.
  5. Don’t be afraid of empty spaces.  Let the shelf breath and don’t overcrowd it.
  6. Lastly don’t make your styling too showroom perfect, you want your guests to feel relaxed in your lounge room not uptight – have some fun with it!

This bookshelf isn’t too perfectly styled, its fun and quirky.


Why not add a pop of colour to your bookshelves interior.

Why not add a pop of colour to your bookshelves interior.

 

Add some interesting shaped vases, sepia photos, gigantic shell and textured basket.

Add some interesting shaped vases, sepia photos, gigantic shell and textured basket.


You can style your bookshelf in a soft colour palette as pictured here.

You can style your bookshelf in a soft colour palette as pictured here.

 

You can use books as book ends, add letters, fresh flowers, art, bowls, woodwork, trinkets and more.

You can use books as book ends, add letters, fresh flowers, art, bowls, woodwork, trinkets and more.

I hope you feel inspired to update the look of your bookshelf, I’d love to read your comments below about any tips and tricks that you use.

Happy reading/styling!

Prue

Top 3 Tips for Decorating Your Home

 

Eclectic Lounge Room

Before and Afters, Concept/Mood/Colour Board, Furniture, Interior trends
Before and After images

Before and After images

Digital Moodboard created by My Decorator showing recommendations to client.

Digital Moodboard created by My Decorator showing recommendations to client.

My Decorator recently designed the Lounge Room for a client who wanted a new look for their small lounge area.  The addition of new light grey fabric upholstered lounges, a quality wool floor rug, scatter cushions, framed photo that the client had taken on a holiday to France and some other personal artefacts lead to a happy client and an individual eclectically designed living room that champions contemporary, soft industrial and asian influenced design.