Who doesn’t love a good stroll through Anthropologie, am I right? Ok, that’s an easy question, my husband immediately sprigs to mind as someone who would pay to not have to walk through an Anthro store, but if you love reading home blogs, you probably love the store as much as me. Every time I walk in, I am inspired by different items and ideas, so after a recent trip to Anthro where I took about 50 photos (creeper!), I thought I’d share five inspiring ideas to bring into your home today.
1. Have a statement piece
Every space needs that one it item that immediately draws your attention and announces the feel for the room. It doesn’t have to be an expensive piece or even something you’ve purchased as-is–DIY is good! It just needs that wow factor to set the tone for the space.
I think in interiors, aged pieces are so lovely and add such warmth and soul to a room. These items can be big or small. Is distressed painted furniture not your thing? No problem, worn woods, slouchy leather, metal patina or assorted found objects can all provide that feeling of age that is so inviting.
I’m not saying your home should be a museum of old stuff–I love crisp modern colors and sleek pieces as well. But a few well-worn items help complete any room.
3. Use unexpected materials
This idea is pretty much a hallmark of Anthropologie, and it plays so nicely in homes. Wood and pipe shelving units are super popular right now, I love this little twist of using just the pipes to hang linens from. Now I’m dreaming of a pipe towel bar in my kids’ bathroom!
Or how about simply using a beautiful branch as a curtain rod? Using unexpected items in your home invites your visitors to look a little closer at the details and expresses so much personality. Love it.
4. Mix and match
Mix leathers, mix wood tones, mix textile patterns, and mix metals. As long is there is a cohesive thread running through your space, like a complementary color scheme or furniture style, you really can play a little bit with your finishes.
Not sure how to mix things up effectively? Use the gallon, quart, drop method to successfully mix and match metallics without taking your home to crazy-town. In a bedroom with oil-rubbed bronze light fixtures and door hardware (gallon), use chrome drawer pulls and nailhead trim (quart), and a brass or gold desktop accessory (drop).
5. Add life
I didn’t spend a dime on my recent Anthro-stroll, but I’ve got tree separate steal-able ideas of projects to do, plus tons of inspiration for personalizing my home. I’m off to re-evaluate my spaces to see if I’ve got the wow! item in each of them I want. (Spoiler alert! I don’t). Then I’m going to start dreaming of ways to amp up the personality.