A nose for conviviality
The right accessories will perfectly complement your interior design, as well as giving your home that extra special something. But as with everything, take care not to overdo it: the adage that ‘less is more’ still holds true here. Just as with the other classic elements, you’d be well advised to keep clear of bright, striking colours, in order to avoid a head-on collision with the rest of the room.
Cushions with velvet and lace, floral motifs or sequins, nostalgic lampshades, and silver platters and vases: the great thing about Shabby Chic is that there’s no need for everything to fit together perfectly. Natural materials that bear traces of the past (scratches in wood, peeling paint, raw edges, etc.) are ideal.
Flea market finds are the ideal accessories for a classic Bric-à-brac interior. The use of soft fabrics such as cotton and linen, light floral motifs and pastel-coloured chair covers create a homely atmosphere. Soft-coloured fresh flowers such as lilies, roses or hyacinths complete the picture and bring a touch of fresh greenery into your home!
Unlike the Bric-à-brac and Shabby Chic interiors, the Victorian style can carry heavier materials. And what’s more, heavier fabrics, chandeliers and dark (floral) wallpaper chime perfectly with the warm, dark wood that is used for the furniture and the floor.
A classic interior is ultimately timeless. Whether it’s yesterday, today or tomorrow, it always looks stylish. Unaffected (or little affected) by passing trends, it derives its very strength from the power of the familiar. To achieve this, it’s best to opt for basic styling and to choose elements in every area that will withstand the test of time and ever-changing trends. Make no mistake: a classically styled and furnished home is carefully curated, but far from dull!