How To Decorate With Laughter
Cold dark, January days, post festivities and a lack of loud Christmas colours can make our homes feel a little dull and empty. We have an easy remedy. Try adding a touch of humour to your décor. A humorous visual treat can lift our spirits and create a joyous reaction from our visitors. Plus, a novelty object or a surprise of unexpected colour and form can prevent a classic interior from looking flat and uninteresting.
At Central, we love the reinvention of a classic item into a thing of fun. Take these exercise balls covered in upholstery fabric. How many of us bought one of the traditional fitness balls to improve our posture and core stability, only to deflate them because they spoil the look of our living space (I have two deflated in my garage). What a genius idea to posh up a simple rubber ball which can do everything the original giant ball could do, plus, become a beautiful footstool, additional seating and add colour and form to your living space. They also work as a Space Hopper, we tested this out at the trade show where we found them. You will be able to test them for yourself instore from Spring this year. We can’t wait to have races around the shop on them.
Novelty lighting for children’s rooms has been around quite a while but when you add fabulous design elements to life like form, it becomes more adult appropriate and has a well-earned place in our formal rooms. Take this quirky candelabra from Seletti, or for the lovers of Hitchcock amongst you, these raven lamps.
Grouping funny photos and displaying them in the smallest room in a family home always entertains. Multi frames help you present a montage of memories in a tidy way and you can change them as often as the mood takes you. Refreshing them regularly will maintain the laughter from your loo.
It’s often those who see life in a more simplistic way that makes the most of having fun at every opportunity, children do this naturally but, in the adult world, there is no better example of this than in the objects made by the fabulous crafters at Arthouse Unlimited. This is a charity based producer of homewares, cards and gifts made by adults living with learning and physical disabilities.
Their greetings cards will have you roaring with laughter, many are worthy of a frame and placed in our homes. Their homewares are a thing of beauty to behold, often with a serious message behind the fun illustrations.
You can’t possibly dry the dishes with their sweetly designed tea towels without a smile. Surrounding ourselves with items that tell a story, encourage mirth and help sustain a worthy enterprise will surely add to our sense of well-being and appreciation of our homes.
Basically, the message from our instore designers, don’t take your interiors too seriously, we say yes to beautifully crafted, design-led products but don’t forget to ensure your home says something about you and entertain your visitors with little surprises.