Chris Carroll, interior stylist and blogger at The Life Creative, is the person to ask on what his views are about design trends to guide people in different phases of the property market. Read his expert tips below:
Purchasing a Property
It’s sort of a challenge to style a new home from scratch, but here are tips to help all homeowners:
- First and foremost, think about function. Pick items that suit your needs and support your way of life.
- Make a mood board – create a virtual one on Pinterest. Collect images of how you want your perfect room to look.
- Don’t be in a hurry to buy if you don’t need to!
Styling for Sale
In this case, the property needs to actually be stripped back to its bare bones in a sense.
- Not everything needs to be taken out, but it’s absolutely an instance of less is more. Don’t remove major pieces of furniture, art, rugs and lighting, but knick-knacks and personal items should be removed. Remove clutter from side tables and desks so that the room will not look messy.
- To make it more appealing to a wider audience, don’t feature crazy colours, non-matching patterns or other décor items that may stand out like a sore thumb and turn off a prospective buyer. What you like may not be the case for others – so it’s smart to err on the side of caution and use neutral colours.
- All blinds should be open (unless they are being used to conceal something unsightly) and never underestimate what good fragrance can do. Use a diffuser in a very subtle fragrance to create ambiance and mood in the home.
If you are a renter, you don’t have that many options. You’re not allowed to do any major painting and flooring alterations and generally from putting in or getting rid of fixtures, eliminating, changing and adding to the home. But you can get around these rules in various ways.
- Utilise 3M hooks that will not leave holes on the walls, and find removable decals or wallpaper.
- Conceal ugly floors with rugs, which can also be used to zone areas in your home and ground furniture.
- There are times that big art leaning against a wall can look great, so don’t ignore simple style ideas like this.
It is possible for your to style your dream space on a budget – but remember to be flexible.
- Make a mood board.
- Big items such as beds, sofas and dining tables need to be invested in, as they are your long-term pieces.
- You are likely to update smaller items such as lamps, cushions, and even wall art throughout your stay in the home so go easy when buying them.
Here's one of my Pintrest boards of Cushions and Throws. Start your Pintrest board now and happy pinning.