Styling tips for your home

Styling your home can be overwhelming for some people, especially if you can’t put your finger on why something looks “off”.
Most of us have a natural sense of when something isn’t quite right but it’s hard to put it into words.

My personal styling tips for your home will shed some light onto the “mystery” and give you actionable steps to quickly up your styling game.

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Styling tips for every space in your home.

Hi, I’m Nadine

Interior design expert, globetrotter and the creative mind behind this blog and NH.DESIGN.

I’m originally from Germany but have been living abroad for over 10 years, from Canada and the UK to Sweden.

So I ask myself the question what “home” means every day.
I have made it my mission to help as many people as possible to find their own answer to this.

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60:30:10 rule of thumb when styling your home

The 60:30:10 rule is an easy starting point to create a base for styling your home. It’s all about balancing colours in your space and creating a calm base to work with. 
Start with a main colour and use it for 60% of your space, meaning the walls. Then layer a secondary colour for 30% of the area, like flooring and furniture. Lastly, add 10% of an accent colour through accessories or other elements.

When you’re using this rule of thumb it’s easier to stick to a colour palette and create a balanced base to work with.

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Pro Tip

Use different shades of the colour you choose for each level to create interest and depth!

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    Work with texture and layers

    Once you’ve got the 60:30:10 rule in place in your home it’s time to create interest and depth by playing with texture and layers.
    Often we think we need to add pattern or bold colours to our home to make it interesting but that’s not necessarily true.
    Of course, if you like patterns and bold colours I won’t tell you not to use them.
    But there are other, more subtle, ways to create interest and depth when styling your home.


    Playing with texture when styling your home can create depth and interest.

    Imagine an all white room with flat while walls, white flooring, white sofa, rug, curtains etc.
    Sounds pretty bland and boring, right?
    But now imagine the walls having texture, the flooring shows imperfect wood grain through the white colour, and the textiles are different fabrics like linen, velvet or cotton.
    All of a sudden the room has a lot more depth and looks calm and inviting, instead of bland and boring.


    Creating multiple layers when styling your home is another great way to make the space more interesting.
    Often layering is done using textiles, like having 2 or 3 different fabrics for a window treatment (i.e. a blind plus a sheer curtain plus a heavier curtain). But you can also layer rugs or bedding for an interesting effect.

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    Pro Tip

    Layered textiles also help with temperature and sound control!

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    Styling tips for shelves

    One of the most common struggles we face is how to style open shelves.
    I’ve got 3 simple steps I do when styling open shelving.

    Step 1 when styling shelves in your home.

    1. Start with bigger items

    Place baskets, large vases, or picture frames first to create a base. Baskets on the bottom shelf ground the look whereas spacing them out in a zigzag pattern creates more interest and dynamic.

    Add filler pieces like books when styling shelves in your home.

    2. Use "fillers"

    The next step is to add smaller "filler" pieces like books or trays. Books can also be laid down so you can use them like a try to ground the smaller pieces for the final step.

    Add the finishing touches with smaller items and group them together when styling your home.

    3. Add the final touches

    The last step is to add final touches with small items like candles, plants, small vases and more. Group them together to keep it uncluttered and place them on their own or on top of the "filler" pieces.

    Group things when styling your home

    Grouping things together when styling your home is a great way to achieve an uncluttered look.
    A good rule of thumb when you’re just starting to style your home is to group things by colour, material or function, or anything else the pieces have in common.

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    Pro Tip

    To make these groupings look interesting make sure you use different heights, shapes and sizes, like a round basket with tall vases.

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    Keep it simple

    One of the key styling tips for your home is to keep it simple. It’s easy to do too much and clutter the space. Start with functional pieces first, like a a vase for flowers or frames to display family photos. 

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    Pro Tip

    White space (empty areas), is just as important as filling the room with things!

    To create a calm look it’s important to remember that less is more. If you have lots of smaller pieces try grouping them together or creating zones for things, like a collection of candles or gallery wall with gorgeous photos.

    With these design tips it’s easy to style every space in your home like a pro.

    Thanks for reading!
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    Take care, Nadine

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