TURNSTYLE DESIGN TIPS
Because decorating a first-time space is daunting, and filled with an abundance of questions that you might not know how to answer, we at Turnstyle Design would love to offer a bit of our design expertise to you, the audacious homeowner.
When it comes to the home, our rooms need to be cost-effective and functional, but also brilliant in how they come together. Very importantly, they need to keep longevity in mind; think of a few pieces that will last. For a first time studio space, alongside the important things like storage (and more storage!) and smaller scaled furniture, always add pieces that can serve multiple functions.
A coffee table that can move around as extra seating is an easy choice. A desk that’s on wheels can quickly accommodate a dinner party, and bookcases with a built-in, fold-out desk will help you put away your work once it’s playtime. Start with things you find from family and friends to add some immediate character. Then blend it all together with matching linens, towels, and hardware, such as towel bars and curtain rods in the same finish. Next comes same-set storage bins in multiples, and an easy set of dining chairs. The rest is up to you to play with.
Here you can save on a great, brightly patterned rug and splurge on an upholstered living room chair. Add inexpensive curtains for now and upgrade those to a more customized pair once your space changes to something bigger-budgeted and more mature. Throw pillows should reflect your personality immediately and are an inexpensive and fun way to keep evolving. Buy some now and later.
Wallpaper not only individualizes a space, but it gives the eye something to latch onto. Whether you spring for a more simplistic paper pattern, or one that electrifies and occupies, wallpaper can reflect your personality in a very pleasing, detailed way. Whichever level of complexity is right for you, make sure to surround your wallpaper with objects that complement it. For example, a busier pattern like the one shown above, is best paired with a simple, rustic, drawer table, and a monochromatic red mirror that adds a pop of color. Go with your instinct, remember to step back every now and then to get the full picture, and of course, have fun with it!
Colored paint can do wonders for any room, so go with something a little bit daring but classic at the same time (usually this means opting for a stronger hue of your favorite, timeless color). The wow factor will come with the satisfaction of having tended to your space in a thoughtful way and over time, as your collections grow and your rooms’ identities evolve, your room will become the embodiment of your mind and aesthetic. It’s truly an evolutionary process that is started by the right splashes of personality. Like those throw pillows or area rugs you just bought, pair them with your personal finds along the way for a space that feels entirely you, and you’ll soon be able to spot things you’ll want to keep in whatever future home you move to.