Bring your home up to date without breaking the bank. The hot new trend is not to buy in but rather to chuck out
Keeping your house endlessly chic is not as hard as you might think. According to interiors expert Rachel Meddowes, the new direction is for honesty and simplicity.
“Updating your home is all about keeping things simple,” says Rachel, interiors writer for Harper’s Bazaar, with clients that include Chanel, Claridge’s and Estée Lauder. “Get rid of the clutter and keep the things that you truly love: keep that lovely comfy sofa that you enjoy sitting on; keep the one beautiful picture you love looking at,” she adds.
One of the benefits of this philosophy is that decluttering will create much much-needed extra space in your home. But it also suggests that an element of idiosyncrasy has come back into favour in the world of home interiors. It is important to show that you are not a slave to fashion, that you have a personality and a creative sense of your own.
“Era-mixing is very on trend,” says Rachel. “Put that 18th-century chair next to the modern Swedish one your best friend gave you a couple of years ago. If you love all the pieces in your home, it’s easy to get them to work together. The phrase “classic” nowadays means having a structure that’s interesting. Within that structure you can put all sorts of interesting things.”
This new “pared-down eclectic” imperative is great news for people without huge budgets. And it’s refreshing to hear high-end designers telling us that we need to think more in terms of creating a home as opposed to a cold “interior”. It’s a bit like the way the French dress. Rather than having hundreds of cheap T-shirts in your wardrobe, why not collect five or six beautiful outfits that you can get repaired when needs be?
The fashion industry is becoming increasingly fascinated by the new interiors direction of making things your own. The idea of objects and items of furniture containing worth because of the love and passion that went into their creation (as opposed to an object being adored because it is made of diamonds or gold) is gaining in popularity.
Remember, too, that comfort is nothing to be ashamed of in the new world of “pared-down eclectic” decor. By all means, keep that well-made, much-loved couch or arm chair but re-cover it in a fabric that moves you – this, of course, is where Plumbs can help, with a wide range of 800 fabrics.
Other small changes to your home will go a long way: freshen up your bedroom with some new cushions and a fabulous bedspread – Plumbs has a new range of these to explore. Alternatively, put some new door handles and drawer pulls in your kitchen or spend a little money on new lighting to bring out different areas of a room. Start with new floor lamps – or if you’re feeling more adventurous, experiment with new ceiling fixtures.
And, if nothing else, just do a deep clean. A clearer, cleaner home will improve your mood, make your home more enjoyable to live in, and chances you’ll be inspired to make some more adventurous changes.
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