homeware online Australia Loading... Please wait...

Welcome To Our Canningvale Blog

Join us as we share styling tips, advice & inspiration for your home

7 Secret Tips for Styling Your Home Like a Professional

Ever wondered how interior stylists create such perfect home spaces? Yes, they’re well practiced at what they do, but there are also a few simple tricks that can make a big difference. We’re revealing a few of their top secret tips to help you create a professionally styled look in your home.

1. Use Odd Numbers

This one is simple but effective. The rule stylists adopt when using cushions is to have an odd number. For example, if you have 2 European Pillowcases and 2 Standard Pillowcases on your bed, style it with 1, 3 or even 5 decorator cushions. Using an odd number is always more pleasing to the eye.

This same rule applies when styling other surfaces such as a side table. Use an odd number of accessories like plants, candles and books for a well-balanced look.

2. The Power of Flowers

When your look is almost there but it’s missing something, try adding in some greenery. It could be flowers (real or faux) a plant, succulent cactus, whatever you like, but see how this final touch transforms the space. Stylists will use a touch of greenery in any room, think bedside the bed, next to the bathroom sink or on a coffee table, the options are endless.

3. Ironing Matters

One of the key reasons your bed may not look like the picture is those pesky creases that form across the surface. These are especially noticeable with bedlinen that has come straight out of the packaging. Stylists will always iron or steam out those creases before using the product, to ensure the bed looks neat and tidy.

If you really can’t stand ironing, choose a fabric such as linen which looks ok with a few creases and gives that relaxed, lived in effect.

4. Feathers First

Many stylists will insist on using a lofty feather quilt, feather pillows or a feather alternative to ensure the bed doesn’t look too flat. Feather is much easier to reshape than wool or polyester so the quilt will look fuller and you can easily plump up your pillows and cushions.

Most cushions will come with a polyester insert but if you really want that full look, buy a feather insert the same size and swap them over. For the final touch, plump the cushions up and use the side of your hand to hit the middle and make a slight V shape. The end result should look like the cushions in the image below.

5. Layer Up

Layering a bed sounds obvious, but when well executed it makes a huge different to the look and feel of the bedroom. To achieve this, lay a  blanket or throw across your quilt either at the top of the bed or at the foot.

For more relaxed layering you can use the stylists trick of simply tossing your blanket or throw across the bed so that it falls unevenly and appears more casually placed.

6. The Shake and Tuck

You’ll sometimes find that your pillowcases are slightly bigger than your pillows which results in extra fabric hanging awkwardly off the pillows and creating that unwanted floppy look. Stylists avoid this by shaking the pillow right to the edge of the pillowcase and then folding excess fabric underneath and behind so that it’s out of sight.

7. The Large Fold Over

If you want to take the perfect shot of your bedroom, there’s a trick stylists often use to make the bed look as large and luxurious as possible. Pull your quilt down the bed until it’s almost touching the floor, then take the end closest to the pillows and fold it so that it’s double the thickness. You’ll end up with a bit more empty space at the top of the bed, but you can fill this with pillows and cushions and it won’t be visible when you take the picture front on.

You Might Also Like: 

-5 Tips for Creating 5 Star Hotel Luxury in Your Bedroom

-Introducing our Beautiful Rugs Made from Recycled Plastic Water Bottles

-6 Dining Room Looks We Love

View Comments

Whether it’s dinner with friends or a family breakfast, there’s nothing quite like getting around the dining table for some scrumptious food and quality time with loved ones. Having a beautiful dining area means you can be proud to entertain guests and won’t dread when it’s your turn to host. For a touch of dining inspiration, here are some of [...]


What if we told you that you could own a rug made from recycled plastic water bottles, that looks and feels incredible. We heard your feedback and we know that you prefer homewares that have a positive impact on the environment. This is why we have designed a new rug collection that not only oozes style and sophistication but [...]


The first and most important thing you need to know is that upgrading to Super King doesn’t have to mean changing your entire mattress and bed (phew). The size known as Super King was created for those who wanted something even bigger than regular king size. It essentially gives you more of everything, more space, more length, more [...]


When you treat yourself to a first-class hotel there are certain luxuries you look forward to, but why shouldn’t you be able to enjoy those things in the comfort of your own home? We’ve put together 5 simple tips that will help make your bedroom feel like a penthouse suite. 1. Embrace white There’s a reason almost every hotel uses  white [...]


Summer is all about beaches, sand and fun activities. During the summer season, planning in advance of which beach you want to go to and what things you are going to bring helps save time. What is the best and practical solution when folding a towel into a bag? The following are tips listed below for [...]


When you think of the term “beach house decor,” it’s hard not to evoke images of walls covered in seahorses and ship wheels that look like some throwback to a 1980’s seafood restaurant. While seahorses and ship wheels certainly have their place, classic beach house decor is more about the feelings that being at the beach [...]


If you own a set of  Bamboo sheets, you’re probably familiar with their incredible silky softness and the feeling of luxury they bring to your bed. If you don’t, then we can’t wait for you to discover how good they feel. Here are a few of the key reasons we love Bamboo sheets. Some of them may surprise you… Bamboo [...]


It's happened, its time, you’ve finally seen the end of your old flat pillows and had enough of waking up sore from neck to back, un-rested and moody. You have decided to purchase some new pillows and are certain that you want pillows that will provide maximum comfort, promote better sleep patterns and improve posture. You may [...]


We often get asked 'How do I get my towels to dry better or improve their absorbency? Here are some important tips & washing advice to help  your towels do their job better. First, check your laundry powder or liquid, if it contains any built in Fabric softeners, do not use this product on your towels. [...]