People with style seem to naturally ooze the It factor 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 impeccably dressed, the best hosts and hostesses, and masters at creating chic yet effortless homes. Curating 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.
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.
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.
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.
Perfect for adding 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.
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.
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.
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.
What’s the one home décor detail you can’t live without? Tell us in the comments below.
This post was originally published on April 1, 2016, and has since been updated by Sacha Strebe.