Article Featured in NMag, Author: Emme Duncan
In the world of interior design, things are ever-evolving and sometimes it can feel as though the styles have changed before your paint has even dried. From “it” colors to the newest trend in materials, it can be exhausting (and expensive!) just keeping up. That’s why Stephanie Sproule, Nantucket interior decorator and proprietress of local home decor and accessories boutique Bodega, believes in staying true to your own style while updating with easy pieces for that fresh look you may be craving. We spoke with Sproule to get her top five tips for updating your home in 2016.
P A I N T
Nothing freshens up a space like a coat of paint. I like the timeless blank slate of white walls… but who knew there were so many shades and options? Whiteness is a huge topic of discussion among decorators and everyone will have an opinion on the best white. The key is to remember that they can read differently in every space, so just put up a few samples and beware of the yellowy-cream color that seems to have been quite popular in years past.
My go-to whites are:
P I L L O W S
Changing out your pillows is an easy update that can make a huge difference. Most people tend to have neutral furniture, so feel free to have some fun with your pillows! Add a pop of color, or keep it serene with an interesting neutral pattern. There is no wrong way to go here, it’s all what you like and what you want to look at every day. You can mix sizes and patterns for a little funk, or stay the traditional route with two corner pillows. Or maybe you position them straight and centered on the sofa instead of the typical corner slant.
I M P A C T A R T
Now that you have a fresh coat of white on your walls, add an oversized piece of art. One large piece can make quite an impact on a space, and forget the idea that you need a large room to house a large piece of art! It could be a Nantucket landscape or an abstract print, whatever fits with your style. Art is so subjective so I prefer to carry Giclees at Bodega. It doesn’t have to be a huge investment to completely transform the space.
G R E E N E R Y
Nothing cheers me up or makes me feel calmer than a beautiful plant. They instantly liven up a space and add a little dash of color and texture.
Get your greenery:
A D D A L I T T L E “M O D E R N”
The term “modern” can be a little confusing, and one’s interpretation of Modern vs. Contemporary can be very different. Whatever you label it — whether it be inspired from mid-century design or in reference to whatever is current in the moment — do what you like. I prefer a warm modern with organic elements. Think bamboo and rattan paired with mid-century modern lamps or artwork. But don’t completely disregard antique! A mix can be much more interesting, and don’t forget, we are on Nantucket.