Nailing ‘The Look’

If you’ve ever poured a wine and whiled away a few hours browsing stylish new homes, you’ll know what it feels like when you come across a look that ‘speaks’ to you. Dreamy Hamptons, warehouse industrial, young modern – some homes have a style that just feels so ‘you’.

In the final part of our Downsizing in Style series, Heather from Blaq Staging shares her thoughts on how to style your home in a way that brings ‘the look’ you want to life using accessories, furnishings and artwork. The Blaq team is at the forefront of the latest trends and knows how to design a style scheme you’ll fall in love with.

Teaming with the theme

You’ve probably wondered how interior designers manage to create such well-balanced spaces. Often they’ll follow a theme, a cohesive and consistent look and feel that creates a sense of flow from room to room. A theme is a great idea, particularly for spaces where furniture is a premium, as you are less likely to make an interior design purchase you later regret.

Heather told us the online world is full of inspiration. “Pinterest is a great tool to start your own collection of interior and furniture photos you like. Once you’ve pinned a number of photos you may begin to see a common theme – this is a great starting point to draw inspiration from when selecting items for your new home.

“Instagram is also a great platform, as you can follow interior designers and homewares shops that give you amazing inspiration and design ideas.”

Heather, Blaq Staging

Choosing a colour scheme

With your theme selected, you can now choose from your builder’s pre-designed range of colour schemes. It’s a good idea to choose a scheme that offers neutral tones – this will create a crisp base from which to add pops of colour from your furniture, accessories and artwork.

“Once you’ve selected your base colour scheme, choose a maximum of three colours that you love. These three colours can then be repeated in your art, cushions and accessories throughout your home to create a flow from room to room. Play with different tones to create different looks.”

Following small space styling trends

The minimalist look is surging in popularity as many homeowners chase a low maintenance lock and leave lifestyle. So what are some of 2020’s most popular styling trends popping up in apartment and smaller home interiors?

“Subtle curves in furniture designs are a big trend! This is perfect for smaller spaces as it helps to soften the look of your home and make it feel cosier than traditional hard lines.

“Using natural colours is also on trend this year. Think soft tones of green, stone, white and cream. Incorporating these softer colours into interiors creates light, bright spaces, the perfect match for smaller homes and apartments.”

Updating your look

Style is a way of saying who you are without saying a thing. But as you’ve no doubt experienced, our personalities and moods change moment by moment, season by season, or simply ‘just because’. So how often should you update your home’s style, if at all?

“This is a personal preference! However if you have started with a neutral base and items you love, then changing the cushions, art and accessories can be a quick, cost-effective way to change the look of your home. Even just having a different quilt cover for summer and winter is a simple way to refresh your bedroom to match the season.”

Ready to Downsize in Style? Check out some of our popular downsizer designs at The Heights Kardinya here.

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