As we get further into winter, people will be spending more time at home than ever, and what better way to prepare than to re-decorate your space. Understanding that this process can cause some damage to the bank account, Australian online boutique furniture store Luxo Living has come up with some home styling pieces that are both affordable and comfortable.
Whether you’re looking to spruce up your space or you’re settling into a new home, Luxo Living founder Winston Tu shares his top four tips to furnishing a place from scratch:
CHOOSE BIGGER FURNITURE ITEMS FIRST.
It’s easy to get carried away and add a number of mismatched items to your cart at the start of your journey. I’m sure you’ve felt that pang of regret once everything arrives and it doesn’t exactly match up. To avoid this, you first need to decide on your style and vision for your home – will it be Scandinavian, Hamptons, Industrial, Art Deco, French Provincial or even a mixed style? Once you’ve finalised this, invest in the bigger furniture pieces first. Soft furnishings can be decided on later, such as a mirrors, rugs or side tables, as you will source inspiration from these bigger pieces.
RANK PIECES BY PRIORITY.
In a dream world, you would buy every furniture piece that your heart desires. However, the reality is that you will have to make sacrifices so that every room has at least one piece that fits your style. So, rank each item in order of priority and then decide how much you could realistically spend on it. Keep this list handy as you may acquire more money down the track and you could purchase that piece of artwork or bar stool you had your eye on.
GO BOLD WITH KEY FURNITURE ITEMS.
Each room typically has a key furniture piece that attracts the most attention, for example, a couch, dining table, or bedhead. If you choose bold colours, textures, shapes, curves or fabrics for these pieces, the room will feel instantly elevated.
Once you have your statement piece, you can tone the room down and add warmth through natural decor. You’ll also find that you won’t need to invest in as many styling pieces, otherwise the room will feel cluttered and ‘busy’. Let your statement piece do the heavy lifting!
FIND PIECES THAT HAVE MULTIPLE PURPOSES.
If you’re short on budget or even storage space, it’s an excellent idea to find items that have more than one use. For example, this velvet ottoman will not only act as a centrepiece but you can keep your spare throws or cushions so your room doesn’t get cluttered. Or, a sideboard unit can be used as a living room credenza, bedroom storage, or hallway and entryway console table. The options are endless!