July 18, 2023

By: Zara Sahota | Design Specialist

A Room-by-Room Guide to Decorating Your Home


Creating the right style and layout for just one room can be difficult, and when it's time to decorate your entire house it can start to feel overwhelming. If you're moving into a new place or wanting to give your existing home a makeover, pause before impulse buying anything and everything you see. 

When it comes to furnishing your home, there are key things to look for and consider that can enhance the overall aesthetic of your interior. These basic 101's of interior design will make sure that your home is not only beautifully decorated but also functional and comfortable. 

Entryway. First impressions are everything.

Your entryway is one of the most important parts of your home. It’s where you welcome guests through your front door and into your space, which will set the tone for the rest of the home, so first impressions are crucial. Whether it's a grand foyer or a modest hallway, the entryway provides an opportunity to showcase your unique taste and make a statement. 

If you’re after a grand look and feel, we suggest a round table placed in the centre of your foyer. This is usually dedicated to looking modern and aesthetic with minimal styling. For those with busy families who need to rush out the door each morning, a practical option would be using a console table or buffet. With hidden storage and a slim footprint tucked against the wall, this will act as a catch-all area for organising keys, shoes, bags and more. It also gives you the opportunity to hang a gorgeous artwork or mirror above the table for added styling. 

Living Room. The heart of the home. 

With such a high traffic area like a living room, it comes with the challenge of being both practical and comfortable for the whole family to enjoy. Here are our top 6 styling tips for creating the perfect living space: 

1. Start with a strong foundation.

A rug serves as the anchor of the room, providing a sense of warmth and coziness while also tying all the elements together. It will ultimately inspire the room's design and colour direction. 

2. Take measurements and consider the layout of the floor plan before making any purchases.

Oversized furniture can make a room feel cramped, so we recommend leaving some room between your sofa and wall to create a sense of spaciousness. Check out our blog on things to consider when buying a sofa 

3. Prioritise comfort.

Your home should be a sanctuary where you can relax and unwind, so selecting furniture that is comfortable and inviting is essential.  

4. Take your time choosing your sofa.

Consider features such as the cushioning, design, and sizing to be the perfect fit for your lifestyle. If you love to entertain, use twin armchairs, ottomans and various sized sofas for different guest seating options. 

5. Maximising your storage is a must.

Storage opportunities in coffee tables, side tables, entertainment units, baskets, buffets and more will give your space practicality and organisation. 

6. Layering is your best friend.

Adding the finishing touches to your space will give an elevated look and feel through using natural materials and textures, woven fabrics, decorative cushions, house plants, vases and more. These are elements that can also be switched out seasonally to style your home all year round. 

Tip: Have all your furniture “touch” your rug to make it feel cohesive and part of the same area. 

Dining Room. The art of entertaining. 

A dining room is a space where you entertain guests, share old memories over wine and cheese, and most importantly where families come together to end each day. 

If you have an open plan layout, use a rug to define the dining space from the living. A rule of thumb is to make sure all dining chair legs fit on the rug when pulled out from the table, to make sure it isn’t too small or large for the area. For smaller spaces, a round or oval dining table is ideal which will help promote both the flow of your room and the conversations across dinner. 

With traditional rectangular dining tables, consider adding a bench seat on one side to maximise your seating for when guests are over. You can also add some personality by switching out the two end chairs for quirky armchairs 

Home Office. WFH in style. 


When it comes to furnishing a home office, the concept of "less is more" reigns supreme. The goal is to create a tranquil and peaceful space that promotes productivity and focus. By keeping the furnishings minimal, you can remove unnecessary distractions and create the perfect work environment. 

Select multi-purpose furniture pieces to maximise the use of your space. For example, opting for a desk with built-in drawers or a bookshelf with integrated storage compartments will help organise and declutter the room, keeping that minimalist aesthetic. 

Bedroom. For unwinding after a long day.

Your bedroom should be a haven where you can retreat after a long day and recharge for the next. Achieving this tranquil atmosphere often involves these simple styling tricks that can easily transform your room. 

1. Invest in a new set of bed linen.

Opt for high-quality materials such as Egyptian cotton or linen, which are known for their softness and breathability. 

2. Give your walls a fresh colour.

Consider selecting soft, muted tones like pastels or neutrals, which promote a sense of calmness. 

3. Layer up!

Look for cushions that complement the colour scheme and overall aesthetic of your room. A soft throw blanket draped across your bed will also add an inviting element, providing warmth and texture. 


By keeping these home styling tips and tricks in mind, you can confidently select furniture that not only suits your personal style but also elevates your overall interior. Furnishing your home is an opportunity to create a space that reflects your personality and brings you joy, so take your time and make choices that you will love for years to come. 


Make your house feel like a home and discover furniture and homewares collections that will live with you through every moment.  

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