Along with pine furniture and all things wicker, decorative wallpaper has to be one of the biggest design injustices of the nineties. Upon reflection, it was never really a fair fight – not when we decided to pick out the gaudiest, fussiest floral prints possible and pin them wall to wall in every room we had. But fear not, redemption is on the horizon, especially with these stunning wallpaper designs we rounded up earlier this month.
Still not convinced? Well stay tuned as I break down the modern way to use wallpaper in your home, and five other design tips you might have missed this month.
Design Tip #1
Set wallpaper at half wall height for a modern contemporary look
For a modern contemporary take on wallpaper, make like Musen Design and set your chosen print at half wall height. Keep the overall look minimal with a simple textured design which subtly draws the eye. After all, less is sometimes more. Alternatively, go bright and bold with a curvy calligraphic or geometric design – just remember to keep the other half neutral!
See more of the Originality home tour HERE.
Design Tip #2
For a seamless look, paint the ceilings and walls in the same color
When discussing with Sharon Toong earlier this month on the topic of color, we couldn’t help but pick her brain for a few tips on how to incorporate color into our own homes – and boy did she deliver. My favorite has to be her advice to paint the ceilings and walls the same color, resulting in a seamless finish. It’s small details like this which separates amateur design from that of the professionals.
Head HERE to discover more color design tips from our favorite interior designers.
Design Tip #3
For an eclectic look all of your own, consider re-purposing salvaged items as furniture pieces
Spoiler alert: good design isn’t always about having the latest in fancy furniture installed in your home. In fact, there’s something to be said about opting for a lovingly re-purposed piece of salvaged treasure instead. It’s unexpected for one. And it’s a surefire way to guarantee that your home is truly one of a kind. For inspiration, we turn to this charming rustic garden shed where an old door has been given a new lease of life as a makeshift shelf, and a tattered vintage chair reupholstered and restored to its former glory. This is shabby chic at its finest.
Check out more of our favorite ‘She-Sheds’ HERE.
Design Tip #4
Always head to a brick and mortar store when purchasing a new sofa
The internet is truly a gift – millions upon millions of opportunities, right at your fingertips, including that of furnishing your whole house without ever leaving it. Yet while online shopping is great for convenience, there is one home decor purchase you might want to step foot in an actual store for: the sofa. Many attributes of a quality sofa can be recognized from an online image, such as its color, specifications, and style. But there are things you can’t always tell; how firm or soft the sofa is, what the stitching is like, and how it feels to sit in it. As such, it’s always best to shop for sofas in store.
For more expert advice in choosing the perfect sofa, head HERE.
Design Tip #5
Don’t be afraid to mix and match two opposing paint colors if you’re struggling to pick just the one
Oftentimes when it comes to design, there’s the perception that you have to go all in on one particular aesthetic in order to create an ordered and cohesive look. Whether that’s a particular style, or even a certain color. But as we found out from NONAGON.studio this month, that is absolutely not the case. Here, moody charcoal and saccharine pink join together in mismatching perfection thanks to neutral furniture pieces and complementary accents. The end result is equally unique and unexpected.
Discover more tips on how to style two opposing aesthetics HERE.
Design Tip #6
In small space living, make your furniture pieces work double duty to ensure maximum functionality
Sure, aesthetics are important when choosing furniture – that’s a given. But when it comes to small space living, functionality is perhaps equally, if not more, significant. To really make the most of your space, opt for furniture pieces which kill two birds with one stone. In this sustainable heritage home for instance, a towering wooden room divider doubles as a floor to ceiling storage unit. Meanwhile a daybed in the study transforms into a double guest bed for when the owners are hosting visitors.
Tour more of the 2-in-1 House HERE.
Looking for more design tips? Then head to our Tips & Guides category where we’ve covered everything from how to use feng shui to get a better night’s sleep, to how to use driftwood to give your home a summery makeover.