Have you ever gone into someone's house & wondered how their shelves look so amazing? Or why all the items on their dresser or bench look like they could be showcased in a home magazine? Or how all the items on their desk just, work?
Well, chances are they have taken the time to 'style' their space. When I say 'style', I mean this: artfully arrange items to create a visually appealing display.
There are loads of principles you can apply which will have you styling like a pro. In this blog post, I share 5 simple tricks to help get you started.
1. High / Low
Create some visual interest by having a range of tall & short items in your display. It is a great way to lead the eye around the display. Quite often I like to create a cluster of objects of different shapes & sizes.
Top tip: Books are great to elevate objects. They can be useful to add a pop of colour too.
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2. Nature's Touch
Add some life to your display with fresh flowers, fruit or greenery. Use colourful flowers or fruit if your space is lacking colour.
Having fresh flowers look fabulous but also need to be tended to daily. The low maintenance option is to add a succulent or cactus. These plants don't take much to keep alive & are great if you're aiming for a neutral palette.
Hard surfaces mixed in with soft. Rough surfaces with smooth. In my opinion, the more textures the better. I like to have hard shiny surfaced juxtaposed with soft & delicate textures.
Add something unexpected that will add some character to your display. This could be a quirky personal item or trinket. If you don't have any trinkets lying around (like the cigar box pictured), there's always the op shop! Or how about a photograph, painting, or print? I think it's always lovely to have a piece with some character in your display to keep it from looking too sterile.
5. Space & Time
Creating a space that looks good, can take time. To give you an idea of time, the above shelves took me about an hour to style. I was running around trying to find items around the house that 'fitted' my display. I also spent a lot of time fussing over placement. Adding things, subtracting things, you know, being obsessive (that's just me).
There isn't a one size fits all solution to styling. For some people less can be more, for others, more can be more. My advice is to practice. The more you do it, the more you will get a feel for what you like & what sits right for you. Stage some displays & ask your friends what they think.
If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below. Happy styling!
Until next time,