Side Street Style: Revitalise Your Interior Space

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15/07/2017

Revitalise Your Interior Space

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Creating a home that is truly in line with your personal style takes a lot of patience. Most people simply don’t have the money to invest thousands of dollars on decorating each room when they move into their first place. They need to find affordable solutions for seating, dining, and decorating. However, as we mature and have more disposable income it makes sense to invest in surrounding ourselves with the things that make us feel happy, relaxed, and energized in our homes.

Even when we have the money and the desire to upgrade our living space, that doesn’t mean it will necessarily be an easy or quick process. It takes time to find the sofa that is both comfortable and aesthetically pleasing or a bedroom set that offers ample storage and the clean modern look you have envisioned. The key to success is in seamlessly integrating the new pieces into your design. The two easiest ways to do that is to focus on purchasing foundational pieces to anchor the room and then work with similar colors and styles as you add more layers.


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Anchor Your Room

You absolutely must have something that anchors the room when you are planning to slowly integrate new pieces into your design. This is the key focal point that will hold all the design pieces together. One of the best ways to do this is to purchase a statement piece like something from the Michael Amini furniture line. Choosing a piece that instantly draws attention is a great way to take the focus off the parts you aren’t as in love with. It will also give you something to gauge how well future pieces will work in the space.



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Alternatively, you may already own a stunning piece and want to create a cohesive room design with it as a focal point. For example, if you don’t have a stunning dining room set yet but you do have a gorgeous antique sideboard, use it as the anchor. Then keep it in mind when shopping for a dining room table and other decorative pieces for that room. The anchor of your room doesn’t have to be the new piece of furniture which is being integrated, it can be an existing piece.

Colour Coordination

It isn’t necessary to stick with traditional neutrals when choosing your furniture, paint, art, or accessories. However, it is best to have at least a basic understanding of colour theory and how each color works with the others you may be considering and choosing only one or two strong colors to integrate into the design of the room.



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For example, if you love royal purple you may be tempted to paint the entire room a glorious shade of eggplant but that wouldn’t leave a lot of design options for the rest of the room. Instead, perhaps choose a custom neutral shade that will go well with the decadent purple sofa you decided to splurge on. Within color theory there are five basic color schemes; complementary, analogous, triadic, split complementary, and tetradic. When you understand the many options available it becomes much easier to choose a color scheme that will work with your anchor piece and make it possible to seamlessly integrate new purchases into your existing design or morph your design from one to another.

Complementary Style

There are some design styles that rely on none of the pieces matching in a traditional way. Instead of a room filled with French Baroque or minimalist modern there may be a mix of the two that all have a similar color theme. However, many people enjoy having a continuity in the style of the furnishings in each room. When you first begin integrating new pieces, they may not all have complementary lines. If this is the case, it may be necessary to camouflage the differences until the transition is complete.

As you work to transition your space from functional to stunning, you may encounter a few bumps along the road. That perfect couch may be 4-inches too long for the wall you wanted it placed against or the painting is so large it would overpower the rest of the room. Take your time and work with your anchor, a cohesive color pattern, and a style that makes sense for your room and you will soon have a room you never want to leave.


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2 comments:

  1. We defo don't have something that anchors are room and I've been saying something doesn't feel right about it for ages but couldn't work out what x

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  2. I love the grey and teal combo. I'm redecorating my room soon and can't decide between grey or a picture focus wall of a forest.

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