Ever thought ‘I wished my house looked like this’ when you walked through the doors of a professionally styled show home? So have we!
That’s why we caught up with Tracy Baker from Open Door Interiors, who styled our beautiful new show home at Christine Way in Powick. Here are Tracy’s top tips on recreating the show home look in your own home…
1. Maximise natural light
Every room looks better when it appears bright and open. The easy way to do this is to keep your walls and background shades light and neutral. The same goes for furniture, go for paler wood, polished surfaces or reflective metals. Cleverly placed mirrors can help to brighten smaller rooms and make them appear larger. My advice though is you want to create a bright and breezy look but don’t want it to appear cold. The key to this is how you complement these neutral tones.
2. Use different fabrics and textures
Texture helps to create depth and warmth in a room. I tend to opt for lots of cushions with multiple patterns and a mixture of materials; think velvet, alongside tassels and woven textiles. You can be much bolder than just cushions though. There is such a huge variety of wallpaper, upholstery and flooring now that means texture doesn’t have to be confined to soft furnishings. For example, patterned tiles in a kitchen or bathroom can really help to add personality, as can a brick wall or panelled wallpaper in a family space.
3. Introduce symmetry to create focal points
It’s no secret that interior designers love symmetry. By putting a side table either side of your sofa, a lamp either side of the bed and artwork hanging either side of a mirror, you’re helping to create a focal point in each room. You’ll often notice that both sides of the living room in a show home are a near mirror image of each other.
4. Create distinct areas
Zoning your house will help hugely when designing your rooms. If you’ve got multiple reception rooms, allow one to be a more relaxed, family area and the other a formal, entertaining space. By keeping a similar background colour you will encourage natural flow around the house, whilst different feature colours and accessories will help set the tone of each space. Zoning also helps you to furnish large open plan areas; breaking the room down into manageable and useable spaces.
5. Ban all clutter
Clutter can instantly take the style out of a home and there are so many clever storage solutions on the market that there really is no reason for it to be on show. In the bathroom, keep toothbrushes and bottles in the cupboard rather than on the side, in the kitchen, invest in shelf organisers to make the most of your cupboard space, in the bedrooms and living, make storage solutions a key part of the furniture. Aim to have just a few treasured accessories on show. A simple rule is no more than three things on show together.