By Lynn Ferrari @myoldbrandnewhome
You know that feeling of “WOW” when you walk into a home and it feels totally in-sync, almost curated; each room leads onto the next. It’s not boring. It’s as if each room is weaved together with a golden thread.
The golden thread is the thing or feature that is present throughout the home, that pieces it all together. And it’s an integral feature of interior design when looking at more than one room.
Some golden threads come naturally when decorating a home. Someone might have a strong interior style, a preference for a colour, the material used and so on. Others will plan it out in advance. In any case, thinking about the connecting feature will ensure your home comes together seamlessly.
Here’s 5 ways to create a golden thread through your home…
1 - Pick a base colour
Picking a base paint colour to carry throughout the walls of your home is one of the easiest ways to create a uniform look. The obvious colour here is white, which can be a great springboard for adding colour in the form of soft furnishing, prints and furniture.
However, you don’t just have to go with white to create uniformity. Stone or neutral grey tones can be a good way to add warmth to your wall without going OTT on the colour.
Also, there’s been two wall colours that have been having their moment in the land of interiors lately.
The first is pink. Yes, pink! Over the last couple of years, pink has become a very popular colour in interiors. It’s been dubbed “the new neutral.” It doesn’t have to be hot pink (although that would most definitely be a fun statement). There are so many beautiful, calming shades of pink that would work in any room.
The other base colour gaining popularity isn’t actually a colour but more of a tone and that is to go as dark as possible. People are no longer afraid to take the plunge and paint their walls dark. The myth has been busted that dark wall colours will make a room feel small. Look at outer space… it’s jet black and looks as if it goes on forever.
2 - Pick your accent colour
When picking your accent colour, you want to pick something bold and strong. There won’t be a lot of it, so you need to make sure it stands out. Orange, blue, green, pink and yellow are all strong accent colours. So how do you introduce it around your home? Think accessories, cushions, vases, prints, throws, rugs and even statement furniture.
If you love a colour but you don’t want it to be overpowering, this is a great way to still have it feature in your home.
3 - Bring the outdoors in
Indoor plants play an important role in interior design and creating your own home aesthetic. They bring in a living element that is portable and ever-changing and provides function and form while looking beautiful. Adding indoor plants around your home will add colour without competing against other colours.
However keeping numerous plants alive is a difficult task so mix your real greenery with some good quality faux. The real plants will help keep the air clean, help you sleep better and also help you relax, while the faux plants will add to the visual aesthetic you’re trying to create around your house.
4 - Go strong with a style
There are so many types of interior design styles, minimalism, minimalism, boho, scandi, modern, vintage, kitsch… the list goes on. Do you have a preference for one or the other? Having a nice clear interior style through your home is the ultimate golden thread, connecting each room to one another. Lots of people have a natural preference when it comes to their home, others have seen a style on Instagram or Pinterest and are drawn to it. Make the style work for you, but don’t try force it.
5 - Start with your favorite room
If planning the golden thread in advance is too overwhelming and there’s too many styles and colours you like, start with your favourite room. For a lot of people that’s the kitchen. It’s the centre of the home and where people tend to spend most time. Design this room exactly how you want. Pick the colours you love and chose the materials that strike your most. Your interior style will shine through.
For me it was my pink Smeg toaster and kettle that sparked my golden thread. Pink is now a feature in some shape or form in nearly every room in my home.
By Lynn Ferrari
To discover more about my home journey, DIY tips and interior advice come see me on the Inspiration Stage at 4pm on Saturday at the South East Home Show and follow me on Instagram @myoldbrandnewhome