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Styling your space is the key to creating a home filled with your own personal tastes and preferences. Luxury home accessories help to add that something special, depth and detail to a scheme as well as providing conversation starters for you and your guests when entertaining.
Good styling can take your home to that next level and we’re firm believers in sourcing the perfect piece that will have longevity and will transcend fashion trends. This approach reflects AUTHOR’s desire to encourage customers to invest in high quality, British produced pieces with sustainable provenance and allows us to share the story behind each object’s unique creation. If you’re looking to add that extra little bit of spark to your abode, follow these 12 simple tips for decorating with luxury homeware.
1. Think about the space you have
Before you start with any styling or even luxury home decoration, think about how you want the space to look and feel. What are the current foundation pieces in the space? How many gaps are there in your shelving or are there empty spaces on your coffee table? It’s important to assess the space you’re working with as you can easily go overboard with luxury homeware. Think about your core style and plan out your room accordingly.
2. Indulge in high-quality throws
Let’s start with something simple. Adding a luxurious throw is probably the easiest way to make yourself feel at home in a space. Throws add texture, colour and provide comfort. Our luxury mohair throw comes in grey, blue and purple; muted colours to suit all styles of interiors. Style a soft woven blanket on the edge of a sofa or chair during the day and wrap yourself up in the warming pile at night whilst sipping on a glass of wine and reading a novel.
3. Make a statement
Don’t be afraid to make a statement when decorating your home in a luxurious manner. Consoles, bookcases and shelving can be showstoppers if styled in the correct way and we’ve got just the thing to add to your unique collection. Why not add a quintuple of flamboyant, feathery flamingo vases to your living room? Handmade in Scotland by talented silversmith, Bryony Knox, each flamingo has different design details giving each one its own personality. Charming, elegant and most certainly a statement.
4. Mix and match cushions
Don’t go for a matching aesthetic with your cushions and instead opt for different colours and materials to ooze a sense of luxury and decadence. Materials such as linen and silk are better for the warmer months, while winter means that you can vamp up the heavier textures such as velvet and wool. We adore this lambswool cushion which utilises sequins and detail stitching to give it a unique flair. Available in midnight blue and gunmetal grey and handmade to order in the North East of Scotland, this is about as luxury as you can get for your home.
5. Invest in artwork
Many homeowners struggle with artwork but this is certainly one of the easiest ways you can up your home in the luxury stakes. Opt for pieces with a talking point such as this uplifting balloon painting by Edinburgh based artist and illustrator David Schofield. Think about the colours you want to bring out of your interior scheme and highlight these with complimentary artwork. For example, with David’s piece, the contrast of bright, eye-catching blue and the monochrome balloons is very complimentary and will add a pop of colour to any room.
6. Play with sculptural pieces
A few striking and bold pieces in your home such as sculptures, large vases and lighting will create focal points and help you to work with minimal styling required. Think about how you can add different materials and mix glass, ceramic and other mediums for an eclectic look. As a starting point, take a look at these decorative dew drops hand blown from molten glass by Elin Isaksson. For maximum decorative impact, display on a shelf, mantelpiece or table where both natural light and artificial light hits.
7. Style a tray
Layers are important when it comes to styling so think about how you can elevate areas of your room. A tray is a really practical way of creating a focal point, adding interest and showcasing all of your beautiful possessions. This round oak tray made from reclaimed wood by talented craftsman Tom Trimmins, makes the perfect addition to any tabletop and if you look at the details, you’re sure to fall in love. The contemporary steam bent looping of this tray is fixed with a traditional swallow-tail joint that is hand cut and fixed with gorgeous copper tacks. We think it’s a true staple for any coffee table.
8. Serve it up
Just because you might not be entertaining all the time, doesn’t mean that you don’t need to think about styling for your guests too. What would you expect at a dinner party or casual night-in with friends? These wooden serving troughs are sleek and elegant yet have ample space for serving foods of all sorts – bread, cheese, meat, even a bottle of fizz if that should take your fancy. Remember, you want to delight your inner circle and occasionally, yourself too.
9. Go all out on barware
Home bars or bar carts are a way of adding glamour and opulence to your home while also serving a functional purpose. Dazzle with your barware and invest in an optic decanter unit to get the party started. Glass decanters are another brilliant addition to your bar cart and can inject some much needed colour. This beautiful blue coloured glass decanter would add a lovely hue to a luxury brass bar cart.
10. Create your signature scent
Styling isn’t just about the look, it’s about the environment you create. A signature scent helps to set the mood and will also tell a lot about you as a person. The Wildheart Organics room spray is an uplifting blend of Rose, Frankincense and Geranium. This mood-enhancing aroma will help to create a welcoming atmosphere and a luxury spa-like scent. The key selling point – it’s made from 100% natural and pure essential oils which is quite rare to find. Layering the same scent in a candle form will further provide a spa-like environment.
11. Say it with flowers
Flowers are the perfect way to spruce up your home and add that extra luxurious touch on a weekly basis. Seek out unique and seasonal flowers and then think about how you want to style them in innovative ways. Glass vases are contemporary and clean and if you really want to get creative, you can style individual stems. One of our own favourite luxurious glass posy bowls utilises the traditional English glass making methods and techniques to create stunning crystal pieces with heirloom qualities. These are petite in size and can be placed in numerous places such as coffee tables, bookshelves and console tables.
12. Add candles
Natural Wax Candles are one of the final touches you should make to your home; the more luxurious in scent, the better. This AUTHOR designed reusable candle by ceramist Myer Halliday and candle makers Wildheart Organics looks beautiful with its tactile form and smells soothing. Once you have eased your soul with the aromatherapy properties of the candle, it can be cleaned and used as a vessel for coffee, a chocolate pot, sauces or even a small posy, making it a truly timeless item.
The AUTHOR team is here to advise on any aspects of design and furnishing. If you would like any further advice or interior design tips on how to make the most of your interior space, please do get in touch.
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