Decorating Secrets We Learned From the @SohoHome Instagram Account
There's a certain familiar feeling when you walk into a Soho House. While it's hard to put a finger on why, the private club for young creatives has the pulse on interiors that are on the cutting edge of design, while also being unabashedly timeless and classic. What's more is that the community has perfected the art of living—in all of its spaces it has achieved a comfort level that's unparalleled in hotels. Walking into a Soho House feels more like walking into the home of a stylish person rather than walking into a hotel or restaurant.
Every last detail in its spaces contributes to that homey feeling: the ultra-dim lighting, the multitude of textures and patterns, the extra-deep seating, the roaring fires, the intricate art collections—everything is made for ultimate comfort and luxury. Even better—the private club came up with its own line of furnishings, Soho Home, featuring a mix of the actual products used in its houses and vintage pieces inspired by its signature décor style—and its brand-new Instagram is one to follow, as it's filled with inspiring interiors. Bring the house home, too—here are the best decorating lessons we learned from scrolling through its feed.
Layer Your Lighting
Why only have one bedside lamp when you can have two? In traditional décor, a table lamp is used for ambiance, while a swing-arm sconce is used as a task light for nighttime reading. Try it for yourself, and dial up the romance—you'll be surprised to see how much the ambiance shifts when you have multiple soft lighting sources around the room.
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Use Bookcases for Art
In the age of Kindle, who even owns books anymore? If you have a bookcase to fill, repurpose it as a gallery installation. This works especially well with narrow built-ins, where you can even hardwire a few sconces to highlight your favorite pieces, and use other compartments to display sculptures you love. Let's call this the new gallery wall.
Dine By the Fireplace
People always deliberate about whether to have the sofa facing the fireplace or the TV. Change things up, and have the dining table face the fireplace instead. While fireplaces are traditionally reserved for living rooms, having dinner by the fireplace is a true pleasure. In homes where both rooms are roughly the same size, the swap is easy—and it will give your home's layout a whole new life. Finish everything off with extra-comfortable dining chairs.
Embrace Your Vintage Bathroom
If you live in a rental, chances are that your unrenovated bathroom gives you hives whenever you look at it. But there is a certain timeless charm in vintage pink tiles—and Soho House has understood this in true British fashion. Instead of fighting your retro bath, embrace it by adding simple but classic accents—like a hanging brass mirror or an antiqued bronze glass shelf above the sink. Classic never goes out of style.
Reclaim Traditional Seating
There's no denying that we love a good statement modern chair at MyDomaine HQ, but there's something to be said about an extra-deep winged club chair upholstered in a dramatic velvet. Traditional chairs have been around for centuries for a reason—they're comfortable. Leave the statement chairs for seldom-used corners, and invest in timeless seating for your living room arrangement.
Adopt a Dramatic Kitchen
Who said kitchens need to be white and boring? Treat your space as any other in your home: Make it bold and dramatic by painting the walls and cabinets a dark jewel tone, add nontraditional lighting sources like a row of industrial sconces, and display art as you would in any other room. By making your kitchen feel as comfortable as the other rooms in your house, you might just want to linger a little longer.
Don't Shy Away From Patterns
White bedding is a classic staple for a reason: It will never go out of style. But that doesn't mean that you should shy away from any sort of color or pattern in the bedroom. If you keep your bedding simple, add texture with a blanket at the foot of the bed and a bold patterned lumbar pillow. If you're feeling extra daring, try a big pattern on your window coverings as well—you'll feel just like royalty when pulling open your curtains in the morning.
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