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An Interior Designers Top Tips for Home Styling

We’ve got the top styling must-do’s from boutique Interior Design studio Turton + Oliver. Here are their five key home styling tips to transform your space. From decor pointers, colour tips, and how-to add character.

Grouping accessories

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When styling a shelf, sideboard, or coffee table, creating a group of accessories always creates an attractive vignette. However, it is best to keep the rule of three in mind. Choosing three pieces that have something in common, but varying in colour, size, height and shape makes for a balanced and interesting setting.

It is the contrast in different elements that makes the space feel resolved. Play around and play some more with your chosen pieces, by tinkering away you will eventually find an order that feels right. 

Add character to your styling

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Interior Design home styling is most successful when it tells a story both visually and emotionally. Decorating is not about imitating a style; it’s about expressing your own. When styling items in a space, or arranging shelves, consider placing old and new things together to tell a story. This could be achieved through using meaningful photo frames or gallery walls, trinkets, or vintage pieces that have been passed down to you and pairing these with other styling items. It is these stories that make display shelves and rooms feel soulful and personal. The key to creating a timeless style is to choose items you love that speak to you, not just pieces that are on trend. 

Colour Styling

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Don’t be afraid of a bit of colour, even in a neutral setting. Mix and match colours by first selecting your hero piece and then build around this with elements in the same tonal palette. You could start with a piece of feature artwork and then pick out colours in the art when selecting accessories or furniture for the space, this is a great way to tie everything in, without too many variations of colour. 

Monochromatic schemes are also a great way of injecting colour into a space, without it being too overwhelming. Based on a single colour, monochromatic colour schemes use various shades and tones to add a sense of differentiation within a space. This can be achieved through wall colour, rugs, furniture, accessories, and framed wall art. Using light and dark variations of one colour can make a room appear larger, as well as creating a harmonious and relaxing room.

Texture your Home Styling

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Sometimes creating the right mix of materials and textures is a little more involved than just adding a new throw or pillow. Don’t forget about your walls! Paint and wallpaper are the ultimate backdrop for all your other layers. The best way to add texture to a space is by mix and matching materials to keep the space feeling interesting and tactile. We like to think that adding texture means creating visual interest and luxury in your home, without stealing the scene. It is important to have pockets of WOW, but not every corner of the home needs to have this WOW Factor we talk about. 

Incorporating natural elements to a setting

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Incorporating foliage and greenery to a design gives the ability to create drama and beauty in a setting. Plants come in many different sizes and shapes. Use plants to create height or a balance in levels, to keep a space from appearing flat. Finally updating flora to reflect seasonal palettes. This can refresh the atmosphere and easily change the mood of a room. 

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