Rich, glowing copper rag rugs and throws add cosy comfort to your home. (Pic: Getty Images)
Since first impressions are last impressions, invest in a dramatic entrance door. You can actually use two doors, so that you can only open the inner door and keep the outer one closed for safety. Solid colours with distressed finish give the door character. Colours are also an inexpensive way to experiment and add flamboyance.
Recline and relax
For your sofas and chaises, use cotton in solid colours with textured finish. Rich, glowing copper rag rugs and throws add cosy comfort. A faded-rose wall covering in a subtle self-design can add texture, warmth and ‘cosyness’. Use print cushions and a classic chair with gingham fabric.
Even if you have a beautiful home, poor choice of furniture (cluttered with too much silver, crystal, curios) can make it look tacky. The new look is dramatic art and unique travel souvenirs. Good furniture refers to good-looking furniture that’s comfortable to sink in. Even if a little expensive, good furniture is always good investment. Buy few statement pieces. I personally prefer one or two pieces that work like art but are comfortable too and just push up the swag factor.
Play with translucence
Curtains in transparent gauze, when layered with colourful ones — like earth-shaded loose cover upholstery, throws and assorted rugs — produce a sense of attention grabbing vibrancy and become the joie de vivre of your home.
Dashes of bright jewel shades, muted hues, monochromes et al resonating against each other is an exhilarating experience. Walk around from room to room first and visualise the points where dashes of throws and colour cushions will add life. Deep royal blue and mustard yellow cushions brilliantly pepper the colour scheme. Golden colour-washed walls are a sunny backdrop for pools of deep blue and sea green blue checks on the sofa.