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Want to create the designer look on a budget? Here’s how.

Hung up on high-end interiors, but don’t have the funds to create your own? You’ve come to the right place. Amsterdam-based art director, Floor Knaapen, knows a thing or two about curating a look on a tight budget – working on creative projects that span from trend stories, to photo exhibitions. Her conclusion? It’s all in the accessories. Scroll on for her tips.

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1. Individuality is essential, so collect small objects that show your personality, and combine them in unexpected ways. I always think that if something’s styled too perfectly, it looks as if you’ve ‘bought’ your taste – and you don’t want your home to feel like a showroom.

2. Place items made out of natural and raw materials – such as marble, earthenware and brass – next to things you’ve had for years. It’ll really elevate them.

3. When creating a display, go for a tonal colour palette. Focusing on one particular colour draws attention to the shapes and materials. I love white because it’s timeless, so I combined a ceramic bowl and vases. (More into pink? Then check this out.)

4. Likewise, a simple backdrop like a minimalist sofa, sideboard or rug, is the perfect setting for your one-of-a-kind accessories. It’s easier to create an identity when there’s no fuss distracting from it all.

5. Let your favourite pieces take centre stage – it definitely makes them feel more luxe. If your space is small, display your stuff on a nesting table.

6. Dot graphic elements throughout your home. I’ve gone for some bold shapes (like this large arched mirror and decorative object) and put them in unexpected places – it means that the designs really stand out.


@floorknaapen

@floorknaapen

Article written by: Gwen Gassler

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