One of the easiest ways to add both style and personality to any space is with artwork. Whether it is a large canvas, vintage print or framed photo, artwork will inject life into any room and instantly make it feel more welcoming and complete.
Start by surveying your home to see which rooms or blank walls need that something extra. The space you wish to fill will determine the art you choose to place there - a large artwork can appear cumbersome if not enough breathing room surrounds it just as a small piece will appear lost if too much space remains. By echoing the size of the space you wish to place your artwork, you can’t really go wrong.
Next you have to think about the style of artwork that suits your taste and home. Being a lover of monochrome schemes, I can’t go past simple greyscale images or black and white prints. However, if you wish to add a little more colour to your home, you might choose a canvas with a bold pattern or vibrant hues. Select a piece of artwork that reflects one or two of the shades that already exist in the room to help it tie in seamlessly with its surrounds.
Whether you’re renting (and the dreaded plastic hooks just won’t do) or if you desire a alternative look, consider leaning your framed artwork against a wall or on your sideboard, grouping a few pictures that gently overlap to create interest. Of course you can’t go past a pair of prints hanging next to each other or the beloved gallery wall to make a statement!
If you don’t want to spend a fortune on wall art, consider making some yourself. One of my favourite pieces is a landscape travel photo, enlarged to A0 size and framed in oak to tie in with my existing furniture. For this to work well, make sure your image is high resolution and clear. The cost of a good framer isn’t exactly cheap, however they will be able to assist you with frame timbers/colours and mouldings to ensure you have professional looking piece in no time.
PIP+COOP have access to many amazing artists and suppliers in Melbourne, so if you are suck for where to find the perfect piece just shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org we would love to help you out!
Photo inspiration left to right:
Photo by Nathan + Jac - ART- NEWMAN BY ADONI ASTRINAKIS
Photo by PIP+COOP - ART BY ADELE JOY CHARD
Photo by Olive Et Oriel - ART VIA Olive Et Oriel
Think your bookshelf is for books only, think again!
Adding instant personality to any room, your bookshelf tells a story all of its own and can be styled with various items that you choose to showcase - whether it be collectives from your travels, your favourite photo or art print, knick knacks from your Nan or a small indoor plant. Getting ‘the look’ just right though isn’t always that easy, however the below tips will ensure you have a photo-worthy look in no time.
Books - Depending on the size of your shelf or bookshelf, you may choose to exhibit many books or just a few. If like me, you have numerous books, try displaying only the ones you really love to ensure you are left with enough room to display other objects. For a less formal appearance, mix up the placement of your books by arranging some horizontally and others vertically. Your horizontally stacked books can then act as a platform for your bits and pieces to sit, creating small vignettes on each level.
Keep It Neat - Bookcases and shelves can easily appear junky if too many items are squeezed onto each shelf. Make sure your bookcase remains clutter free and remove any unwanted objects.
Balance - The key to a visually appealing bookshelf or shelf is to ensure it is well balanced. When styling your bookshelf, be sure to step away intermittently to check that books and objects are evenly spaced or you will unknowingly end up with your belongings steeped to one side. Without being too obsessive, you may choose to create consistency by using similar colours throughout your bookshelf or alternatively group similar shades together on each shelf.
Plants & Flowers - My indoor plant quota has probably hit its limit - my partner thinks I’m turning our home into a jungle!! But if yours hasn’t, add vibrancy to your bookshelf by introducing a small vase with fresh flowers or an indoor plant. Creepers, such as Silverfalls and Chain of Hearts, in particular work well and will drape effortlessly down your shelf adding visual interest.
We love shelfies, so if you are standing and staring aimlessly wondering where the hell to start we would love to help you and point you in the right direction of the perfect shelfie items for your home! Just send us an email in the contact link!
Photo Inspiration from left to right:
The Design Chaser- Photo
Life in Style Edit- Photo
PIP+COOP Styling- Photo
Unless you are building a new home with a detailed electrical plan, when it comes to decorating our homes, for one reason or another, lighting is often left at the bottom of the list. We take for granted the standard light points (there is only so much you can do with them) and focus mainly on making sure the lights are simply bright enough.
Whether you require task or ambient lighting, pendant lights are extremely versatile and can be used throughout the home as a practical lighting solution or statement piece. With a wide range available, the tough part is selecting pendant lights that suit!
Choosing the shape, size and colour of your pendant lights will depend on your personal style, the space you wish to place them and their intended function. Generally, a larger pendant will suit rooms with more volume, as smaller pendant lights can get lost in the space around them.
For those of us with a standard ceiling height of 2400mm, you may choose to add pendant lights above your kitchen island bench or dining table to define each area. Pendant lights also work wonderfully in the bedroom where they can be hung on either side of the bed, offering a smart solution to free up space on the bedside tables. For those of us with higher ceilings, larger pendant lights can act as a feature to help fill double height voids or enhance airy entrance halls.
More recent trends have seen grouping of pendant lights, whether it be three close together at varied heights or a cluster of pendants hung together as a centre piece; along with the use of materials such as glass for a sense of glamour, concrete with its industrial aesthetic and rattan for a more earthy feel.
Ensure your pendants are hung at a level which suits your space and the people using it, without obstructing the view and preventing painful head bumps!
Photo Inspiration Left to right:
Cult design Photo
Christopher Boots Lighting - Photo from pint rest
PIP+COOP Styling Photo from Instagram
Unlike a few other fading trends of 2015 & 2016, the pastel hue of blush has some staying power and is still a firm favourite when it comes to decorating your home.
More sophisticated than other shades of pink, blush tones can bring an element of warmth to your space, subtly enhancing surroundings rather than working against them. For someone like myself that has a mostly a grey, white, timber and grey colour palette throughout the home, a touch of blush works wonders and prevents rooms from appearing too bleak.
This feminine and soft tone will add a touch of spring to any room and works best when paired with neutrals and contrasting masculine shades such as grey and navy which help balance it out. It’s also complimentary to timber and looks great combined with black, white and hints of lustrous metallics to give a luxurious feel.
Add a touch of blush to your home with the wide variety of furniture and accessories currently on offer. For an effortless update that can be easily changed, incorporate blush using fur or velvet cushions, lush linen, artwork or simply a fresh bunch of flowers. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you might try painting a room (such as your walk in robe or study) in this romantic shade or better yet rejuvenate your front door!
We have all of the hook ups to create this amazing look, send us an email and we can help you save time and money on creating the dream Blush look!
Photo Inspiration from Right to Left:
PIP+COOP Styling for Styling Properties
Mint Interiors Photo
Norsu Interiors Photo
As our bathrooms are predominately functional spaces, they are often left by the wayside when it comes to styling – a plethora of beauty products on display does not count! Regardless of whether your bathroom is new and shiny or a little more lived in, a few small and simple additions will ensure this space is just as stylish as the rest of your home.
New Towels - sounds obvious, but being creatures of habit, we often use the same old towel until it’s almost threadbare. Treat yourself to some plush, new towels to cacoon yourself in after a nice long bath or shower. If your bathroom has a neutral colour scheme, you might opt for colourful or patterned towels, although it’s hard to go past classic white to add a sense of spa-like luxury to your bathroom.
Plants - With steam and moisture in the air, your bathroom is the perfect place to add a little greenery. For a low maintenance addition, look for an indoor tropical variety that will thrive in the humidity and indirect light. Watering your plant is as simple as sitting it in the tub or shower!
Stellar Storage - Being one of the smaller rooms in the home, our bathrooms can easily appear disorderly. Ensure you use what storage you have to hide away products and items you don’t wish to display - or bits and pieces that will get in your way when you snooze your alarm and only have 5 minutes to get ready in the morning! Try arranging the toiletries you do use daily on a small tray to keep your vanity top or bath hob clutter free.
A small weaved or wire clothing basket is another valuable bathroom inclusion. Use it to conceal those clothes and towels that haven’t yet made their way to the laundry or at the very least, keep the pile somewhat orderly.
See some inspiration in the photos below from left to right:
Breathe Architecture: QV8 Apartment - PIP+COOP was styling assist for another company.
Photo Via Pintrest
Photo via The Style School
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