A home should reflect you as a person, and the people living in it. Filled with functional and practical pieces of furniture (we all need a bed and somewhere to sit), but most importantly it should be filled with personality.
The best homes, to me, are ones when you walk in through the front door and instantly get a feel of the type of people who live there. Eclectic, individual and honest. Not a home that has shopped all in one shop, but rather gathered beautiful items from various sources.
Instead of having the perfect house, I want to have a house filled with warmth and meaning. And the brilliant thing is? It generally costs less to live and decorate that way.
Here are a few tips on how to achieve this look:
Think like William Morris.
He once said, “If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” Get rid of inherited furniture you don’t like, declutter and clear the decks.
Decide on a colour pallet
Homes that have a tonal colour pallet that runs throughout the house often feel calmer. It doesn’t have to be white, but perhaps think of a sage green for the skirting board and door frames. Or a soft grey for the walls of all the downstairs rooms. That way your space will have a natural flow.
Buy design classics
I don’t necessary mean purchase expensive designer items of furniture. But look to designers and see if you can find your style, and make some clever design-led purchases. I adore vintage Ercol chairs, but I can’t afford them, so I have Ercol style chairs in my dining room. Ikea is a good place to start, they often have their take on a design classic. Or some of the main supermarkets have a good home wares department now.
Personalise your space
Frame your photos! In our digital world we tend to forget to print out our favourite images. I love to regularly print off my favourite Instagram images to frame. If you want the look to be cohesive, why not convert them into black and white. Look for large frames with small squares for multiple images.
Say goodbye to those tacky key rings or fridge magnets, instead purchase a beautiful bowl or fabric that will remind you of your travels. I also collect pebbles and shells from beach holidays, and have them dotted around the home.
So there we have it, a few ways to bring meaning to your home. Do you have any more tips you can share? Do let me know in the comment box below.
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Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.