As promised, a few tips and words of wisdom from last night’s Emotive Interiors workshop with Sibella Court in Sydney.
What you should have in your styling toolkit:
- A staple gun
- Push pins
- Hot glue gun
- Spirit level
- 3M hooks of all sizes
- 3M Blue Painter’s Tape
- Blu Tack
- Paint brushes
- Tape measure
- A list of items and pieces of furniture you’re searching for but haven’t found yet!
- I can’t get enough of old rope. I buy it at auctions. I love how it doesn’t sit flat. I like it when things protrude out into the space and make you look at them. They might start a little conversation.
- (On styling) It’s an ability but you can train yourself to be better at it.
- I love flags. Bunting, pirate flags, all of it!
- The great thing about a raw brick wall is it often already has holes in it then you can just get some rusty nails (my favourite things!) and start hanging things!
- You can paint a wall in 15 minutes and change the whole feel of a room. If you’re renting you can paint (don’t necessarily tell the landlord, just paint it back to the boring beige colour before you leave!).
- There are no rules. I particularly hate it when people say painting a room in a dark colour makes it smaller. There’s nothing wrong with making a space feel more intimate.
- Collect things which have memories and make you happy. There’s no need for them to stay in a drawer, you can make them into your own wall art.
- Colour palettes are a great way to give yourself boundaries when decorating so you don’t get overwhelmed by all the different options.
- Use chalkboard paint on whatever you like. Try it on a fridge. (I’m so going to do this. IA)
- I love to wrap a collection around the corner of a room.
- I like everything not being at eye level.
So there you go, there are no rules! Have fun with it!