Bored of your four walls? You don’t have to knock them down to change your outlook. Carefully considered accessories can elevate a room, just like an outfit. As Fashion Director of Grazia UK, Kenya Hunt knows the power of a thoughtfully chosen piece. Here, she tells us the style switch-ups currently trending in her world.
1. The easiest way to transform a room? Play with colour. I’m quite non-committal with interiors and constantly change things as I would my wardrobe – denim one day, a dress the next. Until recently, I was surrounded by a very Scandi palette of ivory and pale greys. But I got bored and added a pop of colour with velvet curtains and a pouffe in rich jewel tones. Such a mood lifter!
2. I’m a sucker for a bright book jacket and have started organising them on my shelves by colour. Basic, I know. But nice to look at nonetheless. Books saved my lockdown – novels, narrative nonfiction, biographies, you name it. They transported me to another place when I was unable to get on a plane and travel.
3. Artwork is so powerful and gives life to a space [more on that here]. My husband has a history in the art world, and so do a lot of our close friends. We have many treasured pieces hanging on our walls and leaning on the mantels.
4. Use a luxe blanket as a styling tool. I have a rotating roster to liven up our beds and sofas – from woollen stripes to a Maasai Shuka and logoed varieties from Parisian fashion houses. Throws are the interiors equivalent of a great pair of earrings and can totally make a look.
5. I’ve started adding more cheerful ‘noise’ to my dining table. I’ll pull out these little vibrant Murano vases I bought in Italy years ago, and linen napkins I got in Lisbon. Next, gold cutlery and a dinner set in cobalt blue, plus dining chairs with flame orange and pine green accents. Even though we can’t have large groups of people over at the moment, we still like to cook nice dinners as if we are.
Kenya Hunt’s debut book GIRL: Essays on Black Womanhood, published by HQ, is out on 26th November (available in hardback, eBook and audio).
Article written by: Natalie Wall