People with style seem to naturally ooze the It factor. It's the same innate flair that makes their lives look like the stuff of Instagram dreams—no mistakes to be seen (or so it seems). You know the type: They’re always impeccably dressed, they know all the best restaurant and travel spots, they're the best hosts and hostesses, and they're masters at creating chic yet effortless homes.
But we believe that style can be learned, not just earned. All it takes is a few décor tricks inspired by ultra-stylish people to take your own home from good to really great. To start, curate a naturally sophisticated, style-centric space calls for a few must-haves. From cactus cameos to vibrant art, check out the usual suspects favorited by the chic-to-death crowd. We bet you'll adopt these home style ideas in no time.
People with personal style know that thoughtful, unexpected details are what make an outfit, an event, or a home. Common items that you may overlook—cabinet hardware, distressed vintage leather, a high-gloss paint finish, or distinctive collectibles on display—are all small details that really set your design apart from the mainstream. A clever mix of materials adds soul.
A Bold Choice
Stylish individuals are confident in their tastes and unafraid to take some risks. Translate that same mindset into your home by making a statement with your interior. Whether it’s a saturated paint color, an oversize chandelier, or an unusual lounge chair, tossing in an unexpected piece will assert your personal taste and become an intriguing focal point.
A Styled Vignette
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To showcase their broad collections of books and accessories, stylish people always have a console or table piled high with intriguing items and conversation pieces. Create a focal point in your living room by styling your coffee table with your favorite pieces, or create a welcoming vibe in your entry by showcasing your favorite pieces for guests as soon as they arrive.
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Perfect for introducing life and color into a sleek space, plants and indoor trees are wonderfully sophisticated. Infusing an organic element into your room helps create contrast with streamlined furnishings while simultaneously adding a warm, comforting component.
A Luxurious Throw
Just as beautiful as it is comfortable, a stylish throw adds texture and luxury to any home. Like a chic fall coat is the perfect complement to any outfit, a gorgeous throw can pull a room together, and when effortlessly draped over your bed or sofa, it can be the perfect finishing touch.
An Antique Piece
A vintage handbag or watch is a coveted component of any outfit, just as a table or chair with some history can make the design of a room. Incorporate a piece with a story into your décor to lend a well-traveled element to your home.
Art is a powerful and evocative tool for infusing personality and emotion into a space. Whether it’s an iconic black-and-white print or a vibrantly hued original work, collecting spirited editions that channel just the right mood is an investment you’ll enjoy for years to come.
A Reinvented Classic
Some things will never go out of style, but there is room to tweak an old favorite to make it feel fresh. Whether it’s a classic rug pattern or motif in an unusual color or a simple subway tile hung in a new arrangement, taking an old favorite and adding a twist is a great way to craft a timeless but unexpected interior.
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This post was originally published on April 1, 2016, and has since been updated.