Home is where the heart is, and we don’t know about you but we want a heart full of calm, contentment and joy. That means we want our home to reflect these too. We want a sanctuary we can return to after battling the cold weather all day, somewhere that the ping of an ‘urgent email’ feels distant and the stresses of our day-to-day are soothed.
If you want this to then check out these 7 tips from the founder of interior design studio nune, Sheena Murphy, she works with calming textures and colours alongside local and sustainable furniture, accessories and linens to create household havens.
Surround yourself with pieces and materials you love
These could be items you’ve collected on your travels, things you’ve invested from friends or family, or just materials and textures that feel comfortable and nurturing.
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Buy with conscience
There are so many designers and makers out there whose processes and materials are kind to the environment and who give back to the communities who make them.
Use honest and natural materials where possible
By avoiding synthetic fibers and toxic paints and finishes, you create a healthier home environment. Try not to just think about surfaces that are visible in your home, but also what hides beneath, like sofa fill materials, mattress composition and flooring/cabinetry finishes.
Consider the lifespan of the pieces you buy
In a world where buying fewer, higher quality pieces for our wardrobes is becoming more popular, I encourage clients to do the same in their home. Buy things that will last and if budget is tight, buy slowly and collect pieces over time.
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Buy local and small
By investing your money in smaller and local businesses, you not only help the local economy but you further support artists, designers and craftspeople whose work is typically more sustainable, honest, environmentally friendly and kinder to humans than mass produced pieces. The added benefit is that you end up with more unique pieces in your home.
Shop high and low and mix and match
No one feels at ease in a space that feels one dimensional or too fancy. Spend on items that feel special to you and pull back the budget for less important pieces like side tables. Mix and match metals, woods and stones for a layered and more comfortable home that feels more collected than curated.
Keep things cohesive
For longevity and a sense of calm, consider designing your home cohesively, so that each area feels connected but each room still feels defined as its own space. this can be done through consistent colour palettes, style and/or materials that connect each space. Ensure a common thread throughout and avoid themed rooms or strong colours in each room that don’t feel connected. This approach also allows for longevity; if you’re smart in your choices you’ll have a collection of pieces in your home that that can be moved around as you feel a need to change.