When your classic interior in shades of white, black and pastel tones, is flirting dangerously with the boring side of things, there are a few little touches that can change your home from neutral and cold to inspiring and cool. The great news is that a classic interior is a perfect canvas to get started and that finding new pieces is a relatively easy task for all the budding interior designers out there.
If your home design mostly revolves around white and black tones, the best bet would be to opt for colourful accessories to add a splash of colour and bring some visual flair and rhythm. From coat hangers to photo frames and mats, any small item can potentially add that special touch. A generally good tip is to try and mix a maximum of three colours (one cold, two warm) with some neutrals to an overload and giving you a headache. It may not look like much but it’s very efficient and fun too, especially if you enjoy the odd visit to the DIY store.
The 1970’s trend is very strong now on the catwalk so it comes as no surprise that its influence is already expanding towards the interior design world too. Try to picture the look: orange earthy tones, a bit of formica furniture here and there and flowery paper walls. All best served in moderated touches around the house of course.
If you’re more of the understated type, it should be noted that the 1970’s can teach us a great lesson in mixing pop pieces with contemporary ones, so you don’t have to go full on: find one or two pieces of furniture, either vintage originals or replicas, and let them shine on their own against a more neutral backdrop.
If psychedelic wallpapers for the living room were never really part of your plan, try and spruce up your classic interior with some modern options: graphic tiles, metals, indigo and painterly rugs.
Graphic or patterned tiles can also be applied to bring a new lease of life in an otherwise plain-looking kitchen or bathroom. Add some silver and gold in the shape of designer lighting, a photo frame or wallpaper for a modern look. Indigo works great in contrast with white walls and floorings for a fresh look or with black for a Victorian powder room feel.
When adding your own touch, always remember that in interior design inventiveness is a fine line between eclecticism and clumsiness…still, don’t be afraid to have fun!