There is no doubt that this is an exciting time for the homewares industry at the moment.
With an endless choice of online retailers offering anything for the interior and exterior of your home we are simply spoilt for choice.
As one of those online retailers I too see a lot of people buying certain products that are popular and splashed across every known homewares magazine and I wonder if people are buying these items because they really love the item or are they buying it because it is in all the magazines so therefore they MUST own it just because its popular and because everyone is promoting that item.
I don’t mean to pick on any one particular item but for the point of this blog post I will use the Moroccan Pouffe as an example. My apologies to the pouffe for singling it out as I have no ill feelings toward it, but here is an item that is featured everywhere we look in colours from bright pink to high shine gold. How many people I have to wonder have bought this because their own sense of aesthetic has compelled them to do so or because this is the ‘must have’ item of the moment.
I am constantly being asked by friends, relatives and customers my thoughts on what items would suit their homes and I am always more than happy to suggest something for them, but what a lot of people don’t realise is they already have the ability to pick something that is their unique style and their own instincts should be trusted.
Our sense of aesthetic is something that is totally unique and is formed over our lifetime from our experiences, travels and loves. Have you ever noticed that you tend to favour certain colours in products over others? that is one aspect of your style, you may be drawn to organic shapes rather than stylised forms and you can probably see a certain theme in the products you have surrounded yourself with over time. Trust these instincts.
If you see something that you love, really love, in a store or online you should never stop to think “but where would I put it?” because you will always find a place for something you love and be able to incorporate it into ‘your style’. Whether you realise it or not you already have a style, you may need some tips from magazines to help with your layout but the decor within that layout should always be your choosing. The worst mistake you can make is to buy something just because it appears in magazines everywhere, if you didn’t fall in love with it at first sight try not to let it grow on you just because you see it everywhere.
Vogue magazines Anna Wintour once stated “Create your own style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others” and even though she was referring to clothing style I cant think of a better rule that should be applied when it comes to our homes.