From personal pieces of art to upcycled furniture, interior designers in London tell us their favourite quirky accessories that will look great in any home.
Clever accessorising can make all the difference to your home, adding colour, interest and bringing a sense of personality and individuality to a room. We spoke to interior designers London to find out what quirky accessories you should add to your home to really make your interiors pop.
An eye-catching piece of art is a great way to add interest and personality to your home – but try to steer clear of mass-produced pieces that can be found in any department store. Instead choose something that is personal and meaningful to you, whether that’s a beautiful painting you purchased on holiday, a poster displaying your favourite song lyrics or film quotes, a canvas print of a favourite photograph, or personal snaps framed and displayed in an interesting arrangement. If you’re feeling creative you could even have a go at making your own piece of art – here are some ideas to get you started.
Bold, patterned cushions
Soft furnishings can really add to the look of a room, so create a fun and quirky atmosphere with bold patterned cushions, colourful throws in a variety of fabrics, and rugs with a quirky print. This approach is easier to pull off and requires a smaller commitment than buying larger pieces of furniture or painting the walls. This means that, if you get bored or want to create a different atmosphere, it’s pretty easy to change the overall look, and for relatively little cost.
Vintage furniture and accessories are big news in interior design at the moment, and by upcycling and repurposing old and unwanted pieces, you can create beautiful new items that are both unique and stylish. Turn an old ladder into bookshelves, transform an old door or window into an unusual photo frame, or simply give a vintage sideboard a new lease of life with a lick of furniture paint and some new handles. The possibilities are endless, and there are plenty of tutorials out there to help you get started.
Lighting can make all the difference to the look and feel of a room, so make an impact with unusual or statement lights. The style of light you choose will depend on the look and atmosphere you are trying to create. For a glamorous, vintage effect opt for a crystal chandelier. Alternatively, glass lanterns will offer a quirkier look, whereas pretty fairy lights and pillar candles will help to create a warm, cosy and inviting ambiance.
One of the biggest interior design trends for this year is all about bringing the outdoors inside. You can embrace this trend by adding a touch of nature and greenery to your home with a selection of house plants. Add plants to your bookshelves, install stylish plant hangers, introduce large, leafy floor plants, or even create your own indoor vertical living wall. You can still enjoy this trend even if you’re not particularly green fingered; cacti and hardy succulents look great in almost any interior and are practically impossible to kill!
These are all ideas to get you started, but of course your home is unique to you, so choose the items that complement your personality and individual sense of style to create a stylish and quirky interior that stands out for all the right reasons.