What are some ways I can update my home’s look?
I just returned from a big international design fair in Paris. There’s a huge emphasis on glamour in the home, but a more relaxed, easy glamour. Large vases are also popular right now. The oversized vases are used mostly with artificial flowers. But these are not the fake flowers that look fake. These are extremely high-quality imitations of flowers that are difficult to grow, such as orchids. We potted them and put them with moss and they do look real. Clients have insisted they aren’t artificial. They have to feel them before they believe it. They add instant glamour. These are just some of the household products that will instantly affect the way a room looks.
What do you do with a coffee table? How do you get that designed, eclectic look without making it a cluttered jumble?
A recent trend is blending styles. Go with a Chinese bowl and a contemporary sculpture piece on the same coffee table. Because the world has become so small, there is so much awareness of different cultures; you can make a look work using diverse elements. You can see an Indian marble bowl with a Chinese vase on a European table. People need to not be so constrained about matching things. They try to match every shade or every finish with the other. And that holds people back. Experiment. If you match every little thing, it will start looking like a hotel.
Be a little true to your own self. And there is something highly exciting about clutter if it’s interesting. A friend has a pile of books stacked a bit haphazardly on the table with an Indonesian runner along the length of it. Because it shows her love of travel, it really mirrors her as a person. So, experiment with the things you love. Another thing to keep in mind is if you have a lot of flat things on the table, go with one tall piece of sculpture to give the table some dimension.
Simran Lal is the retail director for Good Earth. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org