Best ways to #InjectSomeEdge into your home decor
By: Terry Edward Briceland , October 23, 2016
Are you looking around at the same bland walls, the same old clutter?. But how can you prevent your space from filling up with the same cluttered mish-mash of furnishings and décor again, just with newer stuff?
The solution is not to go for a completely neutral palette (may we take this opportunity to gently say, screw BEIGE) or buying all your furniture from the same store at the same time. At teb Interiors, we’re a full service Interior Design firm known for bringing awesome crap to your home, crap that fulfils an edgier and sexier design aesthetic
We often hear and see this mistake “I’ll just buy everything from a closeout sale and it will all match.” It’s hard to resist the urge to beat people unconscious so we don’t have to hear this kind of design blasphemy. Our team can help and even If you’re not ready for a full gut job, we can also help you with a single very important interior design tip. No, it’s not paint colours. It’s this.
By unity, we mean that no matter what your aesthetic, there has to be a unifying concept to build around. You can work with a single stunning piece and add other things that complement it. For example, you might enjoy pastels, and you might start with a custom upholstered headboard in a fluffy baby blue shag that looks like it was made from Easter bunnies, and from there, it’s a feather boa lampshade in cotton candy pink, and a faux sheepskin rug to keep your toesies warm (because we don’t kill things at teb; only beige do we kill).
Or you can have a single overarching theme, like ‘gothic’ for example, and that too can start with just one piece – we love this plastic chain chandelier – and as you add things, you think to yourself, “Is this goth? Can I make it goth? Does this look like it came from a white sale at The Bay ? Paying close attention to questions like these will help you create a unified look throughout your home.
Here are teb’s best ways to #InjectSomeEdge into your home décor:
- Mix textures, shapes and colours when grouping décor items. In the pastels example, don’t stick with one item (such as candles), even if there are variations in the individual sizes and hues; group candles with interesting vases, picture frames and other collectibles, keeping the unity, in this case, with the colour theme.
- #InjectSomeEdge into your dull space by changing up the fabric on the couches and chairs. Bold prints, whether floral, geometric, or Star Wars themed, will dictate the décor of the entire room and become a stunning focal point; you can let your framed prints, wallpaper, rugs, and curtains play with similar elements to unify the room, but let the sofa be king. It is, after all, where we spend all our spare time.
- Don’t be afraid of bright colours. The real question on every interior designer’s lips should be: what are they doing in Singapore? You’d be surprised, these folks may freak out over bubblegum on the sidewalk but they have the coolest kitchens we’ve ever seen in terms of not being scared about going for a bold palette. With kitchens like these, we might actually learn to cook as opposed to just opening a bottle of wine and fleeing to the safety of our couch.
What’s the point? Adding your own edge, style and personality to a room! Not sure where to start? Hop on Pinterest. In about two seconds you’ll be inspired. Don’t be afraid that something is strange, weird or out of the norm; your space is all about you… and reflect your wonderful inner personality.
Terry Edward Briceland is the Creative Dictator of teb Interiors. Terry is best known from his many appearances on HGTV and W Network television programs. teb Interiors offers complete Interior Design services and they specialize in custom sewing and upholstery. The firm is known for its edgy designs and and for creating truly one of a kind show pieces that are guaranteed to get the conversation going tebinteriors.com @tebinteriors “we make awesome crap for your home”