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5 reasons not to play it safe

Posted on November 24 2014

Morning, if anyone has been following me on Instagram over the weekend you will know that on a rainy London weekend we did a bit of a revamp to our lower ground floor. Out went the bookcase wallpaper, which has been there for years and was starting to bug me a tad, and in its place a simpler more refined nook. Everything is now painted in the same inky hue, Madison Grey which I adore and instead of an in-your-face feature wall with this makeover I’ve created impact through the scale and wow factor of the pieces instead. A huge gold mirror from Italy which I’ve off-centered reflects the room beautifully and is the main feature, that and my new large faux cactus.

Decorating should make your heart skip a beat when you enter a room. You should feel so tantalised, inspired, overwhelmed even that you never want to leave. The worst thing in my book is to enter a room and feel nothing. No joy, no raising of spirits – nothing. If it feels too safe the space sits in that kind of blancmange type landscape neither compelling nor doing anything much. I want my interiors to feel dramatic without feeling gimmicky or over the top, I want jaws to hit floors, pulse rates to increase and an overwhelming intoxicating almost giddy feeling happening to when you enter. A bit like you’re Alice and you’ve just fallen down that rabbit hole!

Here’s how to achieve it.

Add more stuff than you think

Sorry, but minimalism doesn’t increase the heart rate; instead it increases the chances of a migraine. I know there is a fine line between filling a space with interesting layers and making the space feel way too cluttered but the more things you have the more tantalizing effect it has on the eye. So overdose I say!

Break your room down into zones

I know this might sound weird but in your head divide your room into task-orientated areas, working, reading, lounging, and relaxing. If you do that rather than having say, just one ‘functional living room’ you have a whole myriad of zones which will compel the eye! It also makes it easier for you to fill and decorate the space.

Ditch the rules

If we obeyed the rules we would all be living in spaces with pale, light coloured rooms partnered with small furniture. Small furniture and light walls do not make a space look bigger they make it look more depressing. Convert to the dark side, add a few large-scale pieces and your room will feel more luxurious and grander than they ever have before. It’s such an easy trick!

Bigger doesn’t always mean better!

Flick through any magazine and you’ll see enormous sofas made to fill titanic spaces, super large dining tables made to fill McMansions. But these big pieces just fill the space and nothing much more. I have a problem with huge furniture because it always disproportionately dominates the space and can at times zap the energy out of a room.  As odd as this may sound I supersize smaller pieces instead – chandeliers, lamps, vases, mirrors – and downsize the huge pieces that take up so much floor space. So no massive sofas, beds, tables, consoles! I find otherwise like I said they suck the energy out of room and who wants that?

I’ve ticked all these boxes in creating my new downstairs nook makeover. Once the light comes up I’ve got a bit more tweaking to do to my space, but I’m glad I made the change. It’s funny I don’t know if you guys find this but you procrastinate for ages and then when you actually do it you’re always like “what made me wait so long?”!

 

 

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