When we start out buying furniture for our home we can often buy very different styles as we build up our collection of furniture and accessories over the years. You can create quite unique and beautiful home by mixing different looks. Update rooms easily by adding some new accessories or by upcycling old furniture to add a modern twist! This article below originally appeared in architecturaldigest.com and can give some great style ideas.
“I’m a sucker for rugs, art, and unique accessories,” interior designer Cortney Bishop tells us. Not that she has to—one look at her Charleston home makes this love for statement pieces very clear. Her funky living room, especially, is a feast for eyes used to minimalist everything. There’s punchy modern art climbing the walls almost to the ceiling next to rounded armchairs with braided natural fiber backs next to a glossy console with built-in speakers next to a bunch of amazing finds from online vintage marketplace Chairish. It sounds like a lot. It is. But it works. Here’s why . . .
There’s a neutral base for all that color
“Start off with a soft palette and ground the space with a great rug so you establish a foundation to build upon,” says Cortney. “Once the functional furniture pieces are in place, go for it and liberally mix in new shapes and textures. As long as one style is not overly represented and the look feels more collected than cluttered, your story will unfold.”
Cortney’s personal design motto is “I buy what I like”
Who cares whether or not those two things “go together?” According to Cortney, “even if I don’t have a home for it at the moment, I will someday or for someone. When it comes to my own home, I’m able to take more chances and play a little!” She’s especially drawn to handmade goods, like the ceramic lamp and sculptural vase from Chairish dealer Stephanie Schofield on the eggplant cabinet.
She never hesitates to buy something
A self-proclaimed “tried and true antique hunter,” Cortney is always scouring Chairish for those pieces that ooze character. And when she sees something she likes, she goes for it. No regrets. “If you love it, don’t leave it! Or it will be gone. Even if it seems to pricey in the moment, make an offer. You never know how eager someone might be to sell something, and I guarantee you will spark a sale!” she says.
Cool art is everywhere
“I can’t stop buying art, so I had to let go of any sensibility when curating my collection,” Cortney says. “I brought one of the girls from my studio in and asked for her fresh eyes. Our living room ceilings are so tall, so it almost became a game of Tetris—building upon each piece and taking the eye up. I’m pretty thrilled with how it all turned out, so call a friend—two minds are greater than one!”
Lights on lights on lights
“The rule is to layer!” Cortney says of her lighting strategy. “Well-designed rooms serve so many purposes these days and I try to think about all the different moods or vibes I want to convey over time. One night the room could be the perfect party haven and only needs a minimal glow, and the next, reading a favorite book under some bright light is on deck. More layers, more better!”
This original article first appeared in architecturaldigest.com