Styling tips for India May Living

06. 04. 2016


We believe your personal space should not only be practical and comfortable but also your sanctuary, a place to relax and escape.

With this in mind, we enjoy a calming interior of soft neutrals and natural light, brought to life with thoughtful key furniture pieces, natural textures and artisanal accents. We have put together a few basic key rules to help you achieve this laid back luxe style.

CREATE A BLANK CANVAS

I always feel that the perfect starting point for achieving this look is creating your canvas. With a neutral backdrop of white walls and ceilings it will create light, space and be a timeless backdrop for your interiors. Polished cement flooring, wood, stone and other natural materials adds an organic texture that works particularly well. Skirting boards can be a thing of the past, clean lines create a no fuss modern aesthetic.

IDENTITY

If you keep to a design theme that can run throughout your space it will create balance and identity to your personal style. The less clutter the better, hide all those household necessities in organised storage solutions, a paired down look will create a purer vibe. Some of the best homes and hotels I have visited have fluidity, each room you walk through has the same palette and theme which creates a much stronger sense of itself.

INVESTMENT PIECES

Invest in well designed larger pieces, that you love and will not get tired of. Timeless styles have longevity and it is easier and more affordable to change accessories rather than these larger pieces. These key pieces will include your sofa, tables, bedroom furniture, wall art and chairs. Why not invest in one of our stunning inlay pieces, sophisticated and timeless.

LAYERING AND TEXTURES

Once you have your key pieces it is time to add layers and textures to the room. This can change depending on the time of year. Warm textures such as shearling, fur, hides, cashmere and wools work particularly well in the winter months for a cosy ski chalet look, whilst linens and cottons are perfect to lighten your rooms in the summer. Layering can be in the form of cushions, throws, rugs, but be careful not to mix too many conflicting colours. Stick to monochrome, muted, greys, tans and beiges. Texture can also come from objects like shells, aged wood, paper, feathers, bone, glass and metal objects. Inspiration comes from nature itself, organic textures work so well and bring the outdoors in. I am always collecting shells off the beach and picking up feathers on my walks.

ACCESSORIES

Once you have your key furniture pieces the fun can start, begin teaming with any of our elegant bohemian statement items. Invest in some key pieces, we recommend a selection our trays, bowls, boxes, candle holders and Moroccan poufs are a good start.

LIGHT AND AMBIENCE

Natural light is always an advantage in a home, but not always possible. Extra light and space will be achieved with white and neutral palettes. But we especially love candlelight, it brings warmth and ambience to a room and is perfect when entertaining. See our collection of candle holders for inspiration.

WALL ART

The advantage of a neutral backdrop means that you can make a wall feature with monochrome artwork. We love our Appaloosa horse photograph and our black stars. Arrange in different sizes on your wall, choose smaller frames and mounts to achieve that scandi look. Don’t be afraid to experiment with oversized prints on the floor or on the wall as a statement focal point.

NATURE

The Scandinavians love to bring the outside in and often have plants inside to add texture and an organic aesthetic. We love cacti, ferns, olive trees and white flowers. Eucalyptus has such a wonderful fragrance and is a favourite for us during the festive season. See our planters and lassi cups for chic vessels to hold your flora.

COMFORT

Your home is a place to relax and re-balance, why not indulge in some super soft leisurewear just for the home. Invest in cashmere, silk and organic cottons for the ultimate treat. I like to wear flowing cotton kaftans in the summer and cashmere in the winter. Sounds like a good one to add to your Christmas or birthday list!


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