We all want a home straight off Pinterest. But even without our everyday clutter, achieving the designer look is never as easy as you feel it should be. So how do you strike that balance between function and aesthetics when you move away from your inspiration boards and into the real world? Here are our top tips to achieve a designer home without actually engaging a designer.

Go big
By big, we don’t mean everything. But even in the smallest of spaces, one large (in proportion to the space) statement item will contrast with your less-dominant pieces. Whether it be a show-stopping sofa, luxurious armchair or sleek console, mixing up size – subtly – is key to making an impact.

Be bold
While we recommend keeping your base shades to a minimum (up to three colours), an unexpected pop – think rug(s), cushions, art – will showcase your design confidence and get visitors talking. Toss that faux fur throw you’re nervous about committing to over the arm of the chair, introduce an oversize cushion or take the plunge with that tropical theme in the magazine.

Add texture
Your understated but chic space is dependent on a mix of elements. Make it real with textural depth and warmth by juxtaposing wood or other natural materials with velvet, wool or brass. Add woven baskets – even a tapestry – to complete the feel.

Pull it all together
Nothing says ‘designer’ like indoor greenery and an obligatory vase of flowers. Think statement pots, big leaves – and purified air – and your space comes to life.

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