1. Give a hint of marble
Marble is currently much loved by designers but it can get expensive. So try infusing just a touch of it to bring understated elegance and a sense of timelessness to your home. Who says it needs to be marble slabs? Go for a couple of pieces like clocks, trivets, bowls or even a bean bag with a marbly fabric.
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Get: White marble bean bag from Naiise, $220
2. Add a plush cushion or two
Lounge with one or two velvet, linen or suede cushions that will instantly lift the look of any sofa. Consider elegant prints to give a bit more personality and style.
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Get: Feathers rectangle cushion from Hipvan, $38.70
3. Incorporate metallic accents
A pop of polished copper, brass or gold elements will bring an air of sophistication to your space. Metallics are trendy now, but if the industrial look is too cold for you, look for accent pieces such as pendant lamps, centrepieces and side tables.
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Get: GM 30 pendant lamp from Grafunkt, $889
4. Decorate tastefully
Turn your countertops and table clutter into gorgeous vignettes with a decorative tray that can also be used as serveware when guests come around. It’s an effortless and elegant combination of form and function.
Get: Terracotta tray in gold from Cluster-cluster, $55
5. Mix vintage and modern
An antique-style piece of furniture will perfectly complement modern interiors as it lends richness and detail to a room. A mirror will make the space look bigger too!
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Get: Ung Drill mirror from IKEA, $29.90
6. Area rugs
Roll out a chic area rug under tables, sofas or beds to add dimension and feeling of luxury to a room. Don’t be afraid to mix and match with upholstery as well; the trick is to vary the scale of each pattern so that the overall look isn’t too cluttered-looking.
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7. Paint a dramatic wall
An accent wall using deep, rich shades ushers in depth and a bit of drama, and can be used as a backdrop to make other elements in the room stand out. Just remember to create balance by complementing with lighter-coloured furniture.
Related: 10 Easy Ways To Add Colour To Your Home
Text: Elizabeth Liew / The Singapore Women’s Weekly June 2016