I never much cared for decorating, nor was I bothered about having a super-aesthetically pleasing home because it was simply not a priority. I wanted to spend my time and money on travelling, handbags, shoes and eating out considerably more often than I should have.
I simply wanted a clean and minimal home that functioned for studying, cooking, starting businesses and hosting nights in with my friends – and that really didn’t require much consideration as far as I was concerned
Only recently – when I decided to sell my first home – have I started to enjoy the idea of having a beautiful home. The up-and-coming sale process coupled with a little inspiration from friend and up-coming interior stylist Saskia Dooley has lead me to interior design enlightenment!
Why do I suddenly care so much about the detail? Why have I suddenly taken a liking to house plants and rid my entire new-build house of it’s offensive magnolia walls? It’s because I realised that I actually do care about interior design.
Here are some reasons why you should too:
You Can Get Help.
Even if you’re not sure where to start and you’re struggling to piece together inspiration – there is hope! The professionals can help you. If you were unsure how to change the oil in your car, you’d see a mechanic. If you were unsure how to fix a broken boiler you would (I certainly hope) call I plumber.
It follows that if you’re not sure how to make the best of your home, you can consult an Interior Stylist!
You Can Start Small
Start with a blog. Reading tips and studying the stunning visuals of a design blog is a sensible place to start, and better yet – it’s usually free!
Most credible Interior Stylists will have a blog.
Unsure where to start – try Saskia’s blog – halffilledhouse.com – the title of which was inspired by a move into her first home – a new build which has been lovingly and carefully furnished over time (but for at least a few months was less than half filled).
You SHOULD Love Your Home
Many of us will never be completely satisfied with our houses. We might want a bigger house with more character and a walk-in wardrobe.
For most of us, the ‘dream house’ will remain exactly that – a fantasy at best. That’s not to say you can’t make the most of the house you have by turning into an environment that you feel proud of – a place you LOVE to come home to!
For years I put off decorating on the basis that I was going to move anyway so might as well save my time and money for renovating whatever house I was to purchase next. What actually transpired is that I enjoyed our current home less.
We recently decorated with a view to improving the appearance prior to sale and I realised I should have done it much earlier so I could have enjoyed the benefit of the light, bright and fresh environment we had created.
It Might be Cheaper than You Think
It’s possible to spend a little bit and get a lot in return. A good interior stylist will take your budget and max out it’s potential, knowing where best to save and where best to splurge. Similarly, popular trends and hashtags such as #ikeahack lend themselves to creative uses of typically inexpensive furniture that has been somehow altered or re-purposed to make it fit for purpose in a stylish home. Check out these hashtags on Instagram for inspiration and make your pennies stretch further!
Make Small Spaces ‘Bigger’
With house prices rising and wages typically not growing at a rate to match, many of us will find ourselves struggling to afford the living space we perhaps grew up accustomed to.
Clever interior design can make a huge different to the perception of space. That under-stairs cupboard where you chuck your vacuum cleaner, a bucket and your muddy trainers could quite easily be transformed into a walk-in larder by someone with the right creative vision – like this project:
One should never overlook the power of fresh neutral paint, stylish accessories and the removal of irrelevant clutter. If you’re thinking of selling your home, get a second opinion as to whether you could add value with a little interior styling. It could be worth thousands!
Happy Home Styling!