Investing in interesting designer homewares can add a dash of something different to your home.
How designer style can add interest to every room in your house
Whether your home is your sanctuary or your style statement, little finishing touches can make a big difference. A well-chosen cushion or an interesting piece of art can transform the feel of a room in an instant – adding personality to your space. Department stores offer an ever-evolving range of inspiring homeware ideas from famous designer names. Yet, it’s often worth exploring some of the UK’s independent shops if you’re looking for something a little more unique.
Located on Calvert Avenue in Shoreditch, Luna & Curious is an independent boutique with a difference. Run by creatives Polly George, Kaoru Parry and Rheanna Lingham, the shop feels like a department store in miniature. Inside, you’ll find a treasure trove of designer homewares – everything from tableware and blankets, to candles and ceramics.
Set your dining table with a twist
Who says you have to be sensible when it comes to your tableware? Certainly not Luna & Curious. Their colourful crockery is perfect for adding a touch of the ‘Mad Hatter’ to your next tea party. It’s all about bringing a sense of playfulness to the occasion. After all, when your dinner guests sit down to a charming array of sherbety-shades, or Pollock-inspired plates in primary colours, it sets the tone for an evening full of fun.
If multi-coloured crockery seems a step too far, you could simplify things by focusing on accessories instead. Colourful candles, for example, are a nice way of introducing bold pops of colour to your table-top, but without going overboard.
Look for inspiration everywhere
Coming up with homeware ideas can make for some tricky decisions. From the furnishings to the wallpaper, to which colour you want to paint the walls – there are so many choices! Sure, you could look to hire an interior designer, but that doesn’t come cheap. So, a curated collection of inspiring designer homewares – the kind you find in independent shops like Luna & Curious – can be an affordable way to add inspiration to your home.
Accessories are a safe place to start. Invest in interesting pieces such as this stunning jesmonite vessel by Tip Studio – it’ll add instant wow factor wherever you choose to place it. Luxury homewares like these don’t necessarily cost a lot yet give you a striking feature you can build the look of the whole room around. Plus, they’re small in size, so you can ring the changes with the seasons – placing each piece into a different room to start a fresh new look.
Be carefree with colours
Playing with colour needn’t be complicated. Of course, you should be mindful of the shades you pick to ensure you achieve the right look – but remember that more or less any colour is open to you. The trick is to be sparing until you’ve got your colour confidence. If you like the cheery pops of colour that these bamboo plates offer, by all means experiment. Even a little bright colour can lift a room.
If you’re looking for a colour to lift your spirits too, you could go for something like Fuschia Lily on you walls with its lively floral notes. It’s the kind of colour that can really put a smile on your face when you walk into a room. Yet it also pairs wonderfully well with a neutral like Barley Twist, if you want to go for more of a Country Casuals kind of look.
Add a luxurious touch of texture
Luxury homewares can add a dash of indulgence to your favourite spaces at home. Metallic decorations, such as brass or gold light-fittings not only catch the eye, they lend your room a special kind of allure. Rich textures dial up the opulence still further. How about a real sheepskin rug to give your toes something sumptuous to sink into at the end of a long day’s work?
Always go for quality over quantity
Trends may come and go, but craftsmanship lasts a lifetime. The inspiration behind Luna & Curious began at the height of the ‘fast fashion’ boom at the start of the Noughties. While department stores are great places to find cheaper, mass-produced pieces for your home, independent shops are the places to go for one of a kind designer homewares with a story behind them.
Luna & Curious sell everything from ceramics and accessories to beautiful greetings cards – all crafted here in the UK. Yet their eye for inspiration takes them beyond these shores. You can pick up wooden ornaments from Germany, pretty Christmas decorations from Poland and even footwear from Portugal.
So, if you want to add a touch of true craftsmanship and beauty to your home, browse the collections at Luna & Curious. You’re sure to be inspired.