Styling a home takes a certain amount of time and finesse. A predictable list to make any home look lived in would go something like this: trays, books, magazines, candles, lamps, vases, living elements, decor items and soft furnishings.
Great interiors are equal parts good fortune and good taste.
Look at the room with both a macro and a micro view. Seeing what the common elements are gives you the opportunity to tie in disparate elements, clustering them in styling vignettes, giving them something to relate to by replicating colour, pattern or material, and to check that every piece in the space looks like it’s part of the overall scheme and palette.
A coffee table might be the same material as a lamp base or a fan blade; the side tables might be the same as the console, the handle on an urn and the colour of a cushion.
Let me break it down. A tan leather cushion is roughly the same colour as a brass bowl, which can be the same colour as an aged oak floor.
The orange-brown colour will look the same irrespective of its material, so you can treat colours as colours – irrespective of how much light they reflect, their form and their texture – and bring your room to life by working towards a considered and beautiful result.
I have created a range that is exclusive to Myer with just that in mind, to make styling easy and predictable, with colours traversing material and with consideration given to how they work as part of a palette.
The hard work has been done to find the core decor pieces, like trays on which to style your vignettes, whether they be bedside, side table or coffee table arrangements.
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There are pieces to fit into shelving, on tables or as central elements, and there are vases and vessels to highlight the perfect floral additions, or to be highlights themselves.
Soft furnishings play alongside the hard decorative pieces within the130-piece range.
Colours of the beautifully detailed and extremely high quality Belgian linen sheets are perfectly replicated in the bathroom towels, and there’s contrast from the linen should you want the smooth and sateen feel of supima cotton sheets that work in the luxe, classic or coastal themes.
If you’re concerned about getting it perfect, don’t be. Find things that you love and then work out what you need to pair them with to make them feel at home.
In doing that you will do the same for your guests and yourself – create a feeling of being right at home among some of life’s simple and achievable luxuries.
The Darren Palmer Collection is available exclusively to Myer stores.
Originally published as: https://www.domain.com.au/living/darren-palmer-why-you-dont-need-to-focus-on-perfection-when-styling-interiors-20170825-gxs9ha/