Sometimes it’s those eye-popping pieces that take a room from ‘okay’ to ‘amazing!’. And the best part about choosing singular items to get to ‘amazing!’ is that it allows you to showcase your wilder side without going completely overboard. Express your daring sense of style with a carefully selected rug or armchair and set your home apart from the rest. Or, if you are conservative but with a burning desire to experiment, give yourself a little push with these handy tips for unleashing some daring creativity.
Bold and the Beautiful
So you’ve been thinking about injecting a bit of colour or daring into your home but are a little hesitant. What if you buy that expensive chair but don’t like it when you bring it home? Start small and work your way into it. There’s no point spending hundreds of dollars on some groovy patterned wallpaper for a large feature wall if you know it’ll make you feel uncomfortable. Instead try some brightly coloured and inexpensive scatter cushions so you can get your head round your new and adventurous style choices, then you can graduate to that hot-pink egg chair when you are feeling a little braver.
Less is More
Unless you are a fan of clashing patterns and fluoro colours circa 1969, the rule of thumb is to carefully choose your bright and daring homewares and furnishings and use sparingly. The key is to balance these elements with patterns and colours that work with each other. If painting a bright feature wall, for instance, keep your couch neutral and match just your cushions and throws to the wall colour rather than everything.
Where, Oh, Where?
It may be obvious to you where you want to place your statement pieces – a dark corner or other area of the house that needs a bit of a lift. Or perhaps you are struggling to find that perfect spot. Try to pinpoint the areas of a room you are naturally drawn to; is it the fireplace, a bookshelf or perhaps a large window in the lounge. Your choice then is to either enhance these focal points with bright colours and patterns or tow try to capture attention elsewhere by leaving these areas bare and lifting other, dull areas out of the doldrums.
Get the look…
• If being daring with colour and pattern doesn’t come naturally, start small and work your way into it. Don’t spend a fortune on furniture and homewares in bold colours until you are comfortable with having them in your home. For a start, try some inexpensive scatter cushions or a throw.
• A common mistake is to get overexcited about your newfound love of bold colour and go a little overboard by incorporating it into every corner of the house. Used sparingly, daring style will have greater impact. Try to balance your choices carefully.
• A shot of colour can lift a dark room or enhance an already beautiful feature of your home. Thinking carefully about the impact of bold pieces will determine where you place them in your home.
Katie Evans - Milan Direct