A few classic touches of decor and a little effort will create an ambiance that makes staying at home a treat. Most of these touches you already own, but you might need an incentive to dust them off and bring them out on display. If you don’t, it could be time to consider some new investments that will never go out of style. If you’re feeling like your home lacks luster and needs some coup de grâce, follow these simple steps to introduce timeless touches of style that will make your home feel far more luxurious.
1. BLOSSOM BUNCHES
Flowers are the oldest trick in the book when it comes to simple, but divine decorating. Today, a cluster of branches is just as stylish as a curated display of flowers, so just grab a set of secateurs and bring armfuls of nature into your home for a dramatic, beautiful display. Better yet, a dried flower arrangement can be just as beautiful and will last you much longer. If you don’t have access to a garden there are also plenty of florists who will deliver a spectacular fresh bunch to your door.
1. SOOTHING TUNES
Jane Austen once said, “Without music, life would be a blank to me.” Your home feels the same. So set the atmospheric with a favorite playlist and fill your home with great tunes. If you’re lacking inspiration Spotify has some fantastic playlists, or you could consider the soothing melodies of Carla Bruni because nothing sings sophistication like a love song with a French accent.
3. SHEEPSKIN THROWS
Deliciously soft throws and sheepskins are a designer’s worst kept secret when it comes to making a home feel more luxurious. Lay a faux-fur throw on the bed or a creamy lamb hide on an armchair for instant opulence.
4. TRAILING CURTAINS
Frame your windows with some elegant curtains. If you keep drapery gauzy and fresh, it not only adds a dignified atmosphere to the room, but it can also cut your need for air-conditioning on a hot day, and warm things up in winter. We favor light, semi-sheer curtains for a simple but stunning statement.
5. CRISP LINEN SHEETS
Freshen up your bedroom with crisp bed sheets. If you can, use 100% French linen for a luxurious look. If you don’t already make your bed like a stylist, maybe it’s time to try your hand at adding more voluptuous layers of pillows and valances, we guarantee you’ll feel like you’re climbing into a plush hotel bed every night.
6. GREEN BEAUTY
Large indoor plants are an easy and affordable way to make a style statement in your home, they’ve also been proven to create both a calming and enlivening ambiance. In the perfect spot, they’ll turn any sad, empty corner into a stage.
7. DECK THE TABLE
You don’t need a crowd to appreciate a beautifully set table. Styling your table with placemats, linen napkins, multiple glasses, and more than one piece of cutlery, will turn your meal into a feast no matter what’s on the menu. You might be saving them for a special occasion, but the special dinnerware and glassware that you already own really deserve more use, and you deserve a long, leisurely dinner.
8. STACK THEM HIGH
A collection of old and new coffee table books, magazines, and hardbacks will go a long way to making your home feel more cultivated, well-read, and considered, so layer them with other decor items like candles and sculptural ornaments on any table or flat surface.
9. LAYER UP
The easiest way to make your home comfortable – without looking like a uni-students dorm room – is to add sophisticated textures, such as velvet, linen, and leather. Introduce them with delicate cushions or a large leather sofa to make a room feel more polished and inviting.
10. ADORN YOUR WALLS
If you still have blue-tacked posters on your wall, shame on you. Because nothing says style like a well-chosen artwork. One-of-a-kind art can transform your home and if you chose wisely, you’ll hold onto a statement piece forever, so consider looking to old and emerging artists to turn your walls into a curated gallery.
11. SWEET SCENTS
The final step should be an obvious one – because you can’t go wrong with a sweet-smelling scented candle. So take carpe diem as your motto, and light up that treasured candle that’s well and truly over getting dusty on your sideboard.