Adding decorative items into your home is a delicate balancing act.
Incorporate too many and the room may start to look cluttered. Not enough and the space may begin to look too bare.
Finding the balance is all down to a little trial and error, not to mention some much-needed expert advice.
Nikki Brown, owner of Aberdeen-based online interiors retailer Westholme Interiors, knows all too well how easy it is to sway either way of balancing the right amount of accessories for styling your home. Stocking a range of decorative items, Nikki boasts a wide range of stylish and practical home accessories that will not only look good, but also add that touch of luxury so many of us are looking to inject into our humble abodes.
Featuring a collection of international brands including Cooee, Patrick Eugene, Coming Home, House Doctor, Nordal and Lene Bjerre, as well as UK names such as David Howarth and Present Time, Westholme Interiors is home to eclectic accessories that are modern and unique.
Showing us that it’s easier said than done when it comes to adding decorative items into your home, Nikki has some tips and gives her expert advice on how best to add these gorgeous items into the mix.
She said: “To be honest, out of everything with interiors, a lot of people find this the most difficult part. For me, I chop and change my mind all the time, but that’s totally fine, especially when it comes to decorative items, as you can move them around as much as you like and leave them for a few days to see if it’s working for you.
“Accessories are the finishing touches and they really add to the room, so it’s important not to rush it. All too often people ask me ‘What should I put in this corner?’, ‘What would work best on this table?’, but you have to see the room as a whole. Accessorise the room as a whole and add them only once all your furniture is in and flooring and walls are dressed. If you do that, then it’s easier to see what works.”
Confirming that items such as vases, planters, and candle holders are here to stay, Nikki also predicts that ceramics will continue to be a popular choice when it comes to adding decorative items into your home.
She said: “Vases and ceramics were extremely popular last year and will continue to be in 2019. The UK market is very limited to unusual design pieces, so our Cooee collection has brought something different to the market for sure.
“Candle holders and planters have been popular as well and will continue to be – planters especially during the summer months, I’d say.”
Easy to incorporate into a variety of rooms in your home including the kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedrooms, Nikki says it’s best to style your house to your taste and add as many or as little accessories as you like.
“Personally, I love to be as minimal as possible when it comes to the kitchen. Simple accessories like marble boards, a nice set of oil pourers and candles and diffusers keep it simple.
“A cluttered kitchen can look messy and take up valuable work space for prepping your food, so I always say less is more when it comes to this room. The living room and bedroom areas are completely dependent on the space you have. It’s all about just showcasing your own personal taste.”
But one question we all want the answer to is: Do abstract items such as big decorative plates and statues actually work well in homes?
Nikki seems to think so and says this is where individuals can “really bring their own ideas into play”.
“Absolutely,” said Nikki. “This is really where you bring style into your home and things like statues, Buddhas, and big statement pieces will be huge this season – and we have a few on the website. At Westholme Interiors, we have really concentrated on bringing in new suppliers this season who specialise in unusual design pieces including sculptures and statement stand-out pieces. You can expect to see a lot more of these sorts of accessories popping up on the website, as it’s something we know will be huge this year.
“It’s about being different and these pieces can be styled with classic items to create a very contemporary and luxurious look.”
And for those who are maybe not brave enough, or possibly unsure if bigger statues and ornaments are for them, nothing beats a classic, well-decorated coffee table that can also act as the centrepiece to a room.
She said: “Coffee table accessories have always been quite popular and have changed over the years. Using books and items like that has always been in vogue, but nowadays it’s the big, heavy couture and fashion books that are used to dress tables.
“It’s always been big thing in the interiors world, but it’s becoming a little more mainstream as people are more into styling their homes more than ever. “Instagram and Pinterest have played a big role in this and a lot of people take inspiration with it.”
An online retailer, Nikki will also be hosting the brand’s first-ever pop-up shop in Aberdeen, giving customers an exclusive insight into Westholme Interiors stock in person at the event.
Taking place on Saturday March 2 and Sunday March 3 within a unit at Aberdeen’s The Academy Shopping Centre, Nikki has teamed up with Fiona Stewart, the owner of children’s interiors and clothing business Indi + Will, which is based in Balmedie, to collaborate and give customers in the city the opportunity to see their stock in person.
Said to be the first of potentially a series of pop-ups across the UK, Nikki is excited about bringing her concept of Westholme Interiors into the city centre for two days over the weekend.
“We’ve had so much support in Aberdeen. It’s local to us, so we’ll hire some premises for a weekend and bring a full variety of our stock and bring it to the premises for the day,” she said. “We don’t have a shop and so many people want to see the products first-hand, so this will be the perfect opportunity to see them.
“I’m so excited and we’ve got some big plans for it. If the pop-up is a success, I’m going to take it on the road for a Westholme Interiors tour. In my head, I’m thinking Glasgow, the north of Scotland, England – where I’m hoping Soul Candles and Made By Yasmin could join me – and Dublin, too.”
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