Interiors shopping inspo – seriously big impact buys

Big impact buys for homes interiorsCheck out Roomy Home’s interiors edit for a cool corner of your living space.

Like the best experiences in life, shopping for your home must summon up the perfect storm of forward planning and spontaneity.

Plan your room

Planning is all about browsing – online or in store. Use sites like Pinterest to save ideas and products you love. Then refresh your memory when the sales arrive, so you’re less likely to be distracted by an unsuitable piece.

Without some planning, you end up (as many do) with some nice things, some things you’re not so keen on, and some that you just don’t know where to put.

So think ahead about how everything fits together. That means finish one room, or part of a room, before you move on to somewhere else.

How experts style interiors

Ever wondered why interiors experts often style in vignettes? That means putting together a few pieces that work well together in one area. It’s the complete opposite of buying random bits you like, but have no idea where they’re going to go. Not that there’s no room for spontaneous shopping. Sometimes that unexpected find brings you the most joy. You just need to balance that impulse with a higher percentage of cool-headed planning.

But to get you dreaming in complete pictures, here’s an interiors edit for a corner of your living space. Start with the furniture, in this case a chair, and build it up from there.

Maybe you’ve got a good armchair and rug already? Set it up in your chosen space and see what’s missing. How about a side table, lamp, plus a tray with a candle and a few good books?

Everything in this edit is available online now, so click through the links for some serious inspiration.

Start with seating

This grey chair is the little black dress of living spaces. Goes with everything. Every style, every colour scheme. It all hinges on the accessories, so add some of your personality to it. You’ll find this Normann Copenhagen Ace Lounge Chair online at Amara.

Ace Lounge Chair in grey by Normann Copenhagen at Amara, £450

Every chair needs a cushion – this faux fur one is comfy with a hint of liveliness. Like having your favourite pet on your armchair (without the casting hair!). Find it at House of Fraser.

Linea White stripe faux fur cushion at House of Fraser, £35.

Think about adding a statement rug to define the space. How about this vintage-inspired keeper from The Rug Seller? The ombre-style colour fade stops it from looking too conventional. You could move this rug around your house for years and never tire of it. Also, do you think you’re going to see any marks or stains on that? Win, win.

Louis De Poortere Fading World Rug in grey and turquoise from The Rug Seller, 230x230cm £590 (other sizes available).

We love this copper coffee table from Anthropologie. It’s available in three metallic finishes and, at well over a metre in diameter, a great size for maximum impact. It could double up as a footstool, and imagine how good a simple vase of greenery, or even just a candle, is going to look on that table-top.

Anthropologie Trumma coffee table copper

Trumma coffee table in copper by Anthropologie, £348.
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Dare you to do metal on metal with this table lamp on top (not as risky style-wise as double denim!) These Kartell lamps from Houseology are real design classics, available in a variety of colours.

Kartell Cindy Table Lamp in gun metal from Houseology, £168.

Meanwhile this is definitely in the running for our favourite light fitting of the year. Take a moment to appreciate its doll’s house allure. That enclosed chandelier is simply perfection in miniature. If you love this, you should check out other Mineheart products at Clippings. Interior poetry!

King Edison Pendant Light in gold by Young and Battaglia for Mineheart from Clippings, £480.

Incidentally, Clippings is a great place to look for inspiration for interiors products that are a cut above the high street average. Some of the products are definitely investment buys (hello, King Edison light!) but there’s also a really good range of affordable pieces that speak seductively to your homeowner’s heart! Take this quirky double mirror by Haidée Drew. Like an oversized pocket watch, there’s something a bit “through the rabbit hole” about this product. What a fine idea to add a few items to your interior that actually make your heart sing when you look at them!

Duo Mirrors Set by Haidée Drew at Clippings, £85.

Clippings do wallpaper pretty well too. No wading through endless products, filtering by colour and pattern. It’s all good. This Oriental Jade wallpaper by Blackpop has the look of antique mirror or silk. A little would go a long way for big impact (luckily at £165 per roll!).

Duprez Oriental Jade Wallpaper by Blackpop for Clippings, £165 per roll.

Also sorely tempted by this one – Chesterfield by Mineheart. What’s not to love about wallpaper that plays tricks on your eyes? Upholstered walls? Or are they?

Chesterfield Wallpaper in grey by Mineheart from Clippings, £70 per roll.

And this little plate just made us smile. That’s an inexcusably rare quality in a plate. More crockery should raise a giggle. I think I would get 35 pounds-worth of grins from this easily.

Poetry Plate by Mineheart from Clippings, from £35.

Seeing as it’s the festive season, an injection of glamorous glitz hits the spot right now. I’d add these metallic balloon lights to my living space in a heartbeat. In fact, I’d probably not take them down after Christmas, like the neon baubles and fairy lights that are now a year-round fixture. You can find a selection of colours and sizes on Not on the High Street. Pretty perfect present, or even a little self-gifting?

Metallic balloon lights from Not on the High Street

iconNest Hanging Mirrored Metallic Balloon Lights from Not on the High Street, from £18.95.

Any self-respecting coffee table needs a scattering of books. The beauty of loving your home is that you can revert to reading picture books like a toddler! These are our go-to coffee table books for inspiration this season – just click on the cover pic to find out more.

Sharp readers might have spotted a common theme running through these books – colour and quirk. Life’s too short to keep your interior in the shadows. Add a bit of spontaneity to your room planning and decorate fearlessly!

 

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