Interior Styling : The Do’s & Don’ts

When it comes to interior design, it doesn’t just stop at soft furnishings. Accessories made up from things like ornaments, personal objects, wall art and vases are the crux of taking an interior scheme from good to great. It’s the little details that make all the difference. It can however become incredibly overwhelming on how to do it and where to start. So, we’re chatting to an interior designer to get the low down on the do’s and don’ts of interior styling. Read our interview style post below…

What is your top tip for styling a coffee table? 

When it comes to styling a coffee table I would always say less is more. Personally, I like to keep it simple with a plant that’s got some height to it such as a single orchid in a low bowl vase. Our Kokoon Gosmi Designer Nesting Tables pictured above are a great example of just this. Alternatively, stacking books or magazines is a great way to bring in some colour to a coffee table whilst also making use of items that typically need to be stored. Try stacking 6 mags or 3 books in the centre of the table (biggest at the bottom) and place a candle or small bud vase on top. Play around with heights and objects until you’re happy.

What is the biggest mistake people make when interior styling? 

Being afraid of what other people think. When you’re finishing of your room with accessories such as wall art or shelf decor etc, the key thing to remember is to be inventive and playful. If you like the look of something, don’t be put off if it’s not the norm or be worried by what others may think. Be a trend setter, not a trend follower.

What is your advice to people styling neutral interiors? 

The key here is to add texture – think different materials and finishes. Mix velvets with linens, woods with metallics, and so on. If you have lots of the same neutral colour and texture everywhere you run the risk of the room being dull and flat, so the inclusion of texture is really important. Think about your rugs, curtains, soft furnishings and fabric choices to ensure the scheme flows together perfectly. Try something like our Kokoon Cozy Rug that’s shaggy texture would be a great addition in a neutral space.

Remember, once you’ve finished the bulk of your interior scheme, the next stage of decorating goes beyond the obvious. Try filling up space on walls with wall art, using objects to adorn your shelves or mantlepieces and styling your sofa or bed with soft furnishings to take the room to the next level.

Thank you to Athina from Topology Interiors for taking the time to chat to us about interior styling. Next time you decorate a space think about how you can take it to the next level.


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