10 Fashion Rules to Bring to Your Living Room
Fashion plays muse to many a home aesthetic. The art of dressing well, like decorating, is a form of non-verbal expression. A home reflects an individualist perspective, an utterly personal point of view. When sparking the dialogue of a space, it helps to keep a few sartorial takeaways in mind. Keep scrolling to hear our favorite tricks of the trade.
Be mindful of tailoring and scale. Meticulously cut clothes look expensive, no matter what their price point. Raw materials aside, the fit is the thing that will set a designer garment apart from its doppelgänger knockoffs. From impeccably reupholstered chairs to custom-tailored curtains, this theory applies to the home as well.
Colors infer mood and convey emotion. Deck your home in hues that reflect the vibes you want to revel in most day-to-day. Going for sophisticated and relaxed? Trot out serene dove grays and tranquil, cool hues. If sunny and upbeat is more your style, play up bold primaries or punctuate lush neutrals with an unexpected pop of bright, vibrant shades.
Have a keen sense of where to splurge and where to save. A killer vintage score can be just as stylish as that ultra-luxe designer coffee table you’ve been coveting. Make a budget in advance that reflects where where you want to spend, from an incredible, focal point rug to a new sofa. Once the key players are set, pepper in less expensive supporting accents. Build to last; quality will pay off in the long run. Invest in key pieces that you’ll continue to love over time, and save on quieter details.
Off the runway, it’s pretty rare that a whole look would come from only one designer. When shopping for your home, avoid buying everything from the same store, lest the design feel stale, manufactured, and lacking in dimension. Draw inspiration from the very best sartorial street style masters and get your mixology game down pat. Vintage finds or oddities collected from travels make a space feel curated and personal.
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A home should echo one's personal tastes, philosophies, and lifestyle. Thoughtful, unique details that reflect a distinctive personality are standouts in any dwelling. Choose items that mean something to you individually. Tell a story.
Since the time of the Greeks, creative inspiration has been known to flow freely under the influence of an inspired source. Fashion-wise this might be a person, a place, or a time in history. The same philosophy applies to the home. Make mood boards. Explore. Fall in love. Having a clear focus and thread of inspiration will inform key decisions throughout the design process.
Unless you’re Catwoman, chances are you wouldn’t leave the house in a head-to-toe leather get-up. The same rule applies to a space. Look to create a hierarchy of textures with complementary fabrics. Balance out smooth leather with rich accents from velvet to linen. Patterns and material should have an eclectic yet harmonious voice. There can be a dominant theme, but keep in mind not even the cleverest of It girls can pull off denim-on-denim without the right accessories.
Apply a dress-for-your-body-type philosophy to every room. Choose colors and décor that are appropriate and complementary to the space itself. This may mean showing off high ceilings with dramatic window treatments or giving tight quarters the illusion of grandeur with favorable accents in the way of reflective surfaces, pattern work, or less dense furniture.
It’s completely natural to build an entire outfit around a show-stopping piece—from an insane statement necklace to the perfect shade of cotton-candy blue suede pumps. If you have a home décor accessory that is inspired and special, give it prominent placement in the space and build other pieces around it. A favorite painting or photograph might inspire the color palette as a whole or influence the movement of furniture within a room.
While the wonderful world of Pinterest and an endless YouTube stream of DIY advice remain invaluable resources, there are certain projects that call for reinforcements. Consulting with an interior decorator will grant you access to professional expertise, ensuring you get it just right. Vendor-wise, those of the trade hold the keys to the kingdom. Know when to call in the big guns.
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