If you’ve ever wondered about our style, then look no further — Matt Blatt has us all worked out! Every single inch of quirky colour represents everything that we love, so it’s no surprise that we walked in and immediately started calculating just how much more we could fit in our already decked-out office space (you can see our office here).
The entire showroom is filled with unique, original pieces that you might not expect to see — for example, a life-sized horse lamp or a husband-shaped reading light sitting in bed. The fact that a lot of the items are sourced locally, with some of the sofas custom-made in Australia as well as more exotic items like the colourful rugs sourced from culture-filled India.
When we first came in to dress our office, we were assisted by the beautiful (and very stylish) Bec. This time around we thought we’d ask her for her “dos + don’ts” when refreshing your space or styling a room. Here’s a summary of what she had to say…
How to refresh a room on a tight-budget?
For dining and lounge areas, then your best bet is to add a new rug with a bit of colour and texture as it helps to immediately lift the space. You can also add some flowers to the centre of the table, but if you’re put off by having to change the arrangement every second day then you’ll be relieved to know that acrylic flowers these days can be super realistic!
How do you know when it’s time to STOP adding to your room?
One rule that Bec follows is that you should limit the main pieces in the space, like coffee tables and dining tables. If you do have different surfaces then they should always be at different heights to create some extra interest in the room, and the magic number is definitely 3 — any more and it starts to look a bit busy and crowded.
What are the most popular “in” items at the moment?
Texture is the most important thing that is happening in interior design at the moment. If you’re a little bit lost as to how to bring this into your room then definitely start with your sofa setting — contrast your sofa materials with some faux fur throws and a mixture of wool, cotton or poly-blend cushions. This mix ‘n’ match feel can lift a room from dull to unique and one-of-a-kind.
What is something that you should always steer clear of?
Definitely steer clear of more than 3 types of timber in a room as it starts to look a bit mismatched. Having hints of timber throughout some of your pieces can add a great earthy feel but the timber should tie in together as much as possible.
Are mirrors good for decoration or should they stay in our wardrobes and bathrooms?
Mirrors are miracle workers in smaller spaces, such as a narrow hallway or tighter entrance. Invest in a good quality, large mirror and you’ll see the entire space open up, plus the reflection of light will add a bit of brightness as well!
So there you have it folks — interior decorating doesn’t need to be a scary or overwhelming process. If you are still a bit nervous about where to start or what to do, book in with the Matt Blatt home styling service to have a stylist come out to your house and help put something together for your space. Or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you can always just bring a picture in for them to work off of, to help you find the perfect addition.
Have fun stealing our style, lovers!