A couple of days ago, the fabulous @_lisa_dawson_ described her interiors style and asked her followers about theirs. I’ve been contemplating my answer. Unsurprisingly, colour tends to come first, before I think about anything else. In many ways it’s not even a conscious decision: colour just barges its way insistently to the front of the queue. As you’ll see from these pictures, my favourite palette tends to be pastels and faded, sun-bleached hues (it comes from spending six months in India when I was 18) but punctuated with colours like maroon, hot pink and bright yellow to stop them being too ‘newborn’ (see I’ve also recently fallen head over heels with my black chalkboard wall, plastered with bold bright pictures and postcards stuck on with @mtmaskingtape_uk . The contrast makes me feel alive (see third pic). Anyway, enough of colour. Some of my other style pointers (which I talk about in my book, Shelfie, link in biog) include:
• mixing old with new (also one of Lisa’s). This way you get to enjoy the thrill of the High Street chase as well as the excitement of going to boot sales, flea markets and charity shops, not knowing what you may find. I love mixing styles up – just like humans, old and new can invigorate and bring out the best in each other.
• not rejecting imperfect and quirky objects but embracing them instead, whether they’re cracked vases or faded samplers (like the one, top-centre of picture four, by my great-grandmother). You can miss things of great beauty if you’re always looking for perfection; and
• buying things because they make you grab your heart, like love at first sight (‘like’ isn’t enough, my stylish friend Heather once advised me). In my experience, if you ‘love’ everything you use in your interiors projects (see that as the ‘common denominator’) you’ll find there’ll be a sense of cohesion. I’m glad Lisa asked the question: I think it’s a great one to ask yourself to give you a sense of who you are, interiors-wise, by questioning what matters to you. How would you describe YOUR interiors style?
Martha, The Colour File x