There’s a fine line between a perfectly styled property and an uninviting staged one. Creating this balance requires an expert eye which is why we asked professionals for their best styling tips. Here’s how to style your property for comfortable living now and a boost in the price tag when you’re ready to sell later on.
Let’s get personal
We feel most at home in an environment that expresses our personality. Whether you’re a floral pattern lover or a minimalist at heart - the best home is the one that people recognise as yours. The trick to ultimate style however, is striking a balance between eclectic personal touches and typical design principles. Matt Riley is the Managing Director of Aussie interior design and architectural firm TONIC Design. His top tip is to find the balance between personalising your space and giving it that freshly styled vibe.
“We see the concept of home styling and the personalisation of spaces more and more. Contributed to by home renovation shows, online trends but also the easy access to global inspiration through Pinterest and Instagram – we find these are the places where our clients create their homes in image.
We have found the best way for us when styling is to create the look you want – then take 5 things away. This leaves you with a space tied together, but restrained. We also opt for a texture or finish in a product as the tie in element. When styling homes for our shoots at the completion of a project, more often than not we add greenery and take away most else.”
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Embrace the indoor-outdoor trend
Home decor has changed a lot over the years. Where once we had a clear separation between rooms and their uses, now we opt for more open-plan living. We’ve even begun blurring the lines between our indoor and outdoor spaces; with potted plants taking pride of place in the living room and outdoor sofa sets turning your deck into an extra lounge area. To avoid your home looking like something out of the 1950s it’s a good idea to embrace the open-plan, seamless look. Open up your kitchen, living and dining areas so that they encompass one large area. Or jazz up the backyard with furniture, fire pits and other decor elements so that it is an extension of your home rather than a separate entity altogether.
Keep it clean
Sometimes the key to style is less about what is there and more about what isn’t. There’s one major thing that all well-styled social posts and magazine spreads have in common. They aren’t cluttered. Nicole Ciantar, founder of Vogue Real Estate, is a big believer in making sure every item in your home is there for a reason.
“When styling a home it’s so important to remember the one golden rule: less is more!
Consider decluttering! Decluttering is so important. It allows any space to look much larger than what it really is. Everything has a place so why not keep it there. If you haven't used it for a long time consider removing it from the home. You can also use a car removal company to sell your old car cluttering your garage and make some money from the old cars as well.
When styling the home you are looking to keep most of the rooms in neutral colours then splashing bright colours to make your statement. For example a white or cream lounge decorated with red cushions.”
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Go for a feature piece
You love the idea of minimal design but you’re afraid it will become boring. Here’s where a well-placed feature piece can really lift your decor. Try it out in the living room with a brightly coloured sofa, designer coffee table or intricate armchair. It’s a fantastic way to dress up a small space since it offers maximum style with minimum furnishings. A pop of colour is on trend in 2018 with mustard yellows, blush pinks, opulent greens and pale blues replacing the once everpresent greys and beiges. While geometric patterns will never truly go out of style they’re experiencing a dip in popularity in favour of tropical elements - think pineapples, palm trees and flamingos.
Light it up
Naomi Findlay is Australia’s Renovation Expert and Creator of the Rapid Reno Mate App, so we think it’s safe to say she’s an interiors expert. Her biggest tip for a stylish home is simpler than you’d expect, but it’s essential to get the simple things correct.
“When styling a home, many people can overlook the power of light. A dark house can often feel cold and lifeless so it’s important that you work hard on getting as much light into the property as you can. Use multiple light sources to brighten a room through windows, skylights, lamps and feature lighting.
Think about installing task lighting under your kitchen cabinets and near your reading chair, and add pendant lights to your kitchen or dining rooms for instant character and style.
Mirrors can work wonders to bring light and space to a room, as can art and greenery to give you a pop of colour and warmth so incorporate these elements wherever you can.”
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If home is where the heart is then it’s doubly important for you to love your home. Styling a property, whether inside or out, is about striking balance, staying on trend and starting with the best basics. Thanks to our home and design experts you’ve got all the secrets.