How to decorate like an adult

Did you also used to associate a certain age with being a ‘grown up’? When I was little, I used to think 28 was old. I’d tell myself that when I reached the ripe old age of 28, I’d be married with kids, have a super successful career or run my own business, and you know, spend my weekends hosting charity fundraisers in a big house and driving to the supermarket in my big car, doing big grocery shops and stuff. Well, now that I’ve reached the “ripe old age” of 28, my life is nothing like how I imagined it would be, and the benchmark for being a “grown up” keeps moving further and further away – like, maybe when I’m 35 I’ll finally be an adult.

So when can you truly call yourself a grown-up? Forget doing your own laundry or buying a house. The official sign that you’ve reached adulthood is a chic and sophisticated home. One where every room is more or less symmetrical, where your lamps come in pairs, where the throw cushions on the bed match the headboard and the curtains, and where you’ve got reading lights on either side of the headboard, and with real art on the walls (and not posters with blu-tack).

It’s safe to say that a lot of how ‘grown up’ we feel has to do with the way we present ourselves in our living spaces – which is great news, because even if you don’t feel it, you can still fool people by having a home that looks like you’ve got it going on.

Until now I’ve always decorated with a little playfulness – I mean, who wouldn’t hang a big rubber T-rex mask on the wall and call it art? (Right? Hello? Anyone?) But when I go to someone’s house who’s interiors mimic that of a swanky hotel I think “wow, here’s someone who’s really got their sh*t together. This is the home of a real-life actual adult.” And it’s not just people’s homes, there’s certain shops too; when upon entering you think to yourself “sh*t, this is a grown up’s shop”. And Camerich is one of such shops.

A shop where everything looks sleek, polished, designer, and, well, grown-up. The furniture calls out to you as if to say “your home can look like interior designed if you take this sofa home… And maybe this coffee table.. And ooooh those chairs around a matching dining table!”. I mean, just look at this chair – it’s definitely got that whole sexy minimalist furniture thing going on!

But aside from buying all the contents in their shop, there are a few simple decorating tricks to creating a grown-up and sophisticated interior. These simple changes will have your friends saying, “Wow. She’s an adult.”

How to create a grown-up, chic and sophisticated interior…

1. Home office

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So what if you don’t have a desk job or even have any need for a home office. You can use it for lots of other important stuff. Maybe if you had a chic and dedicated space to work from you’ll finally get round to writing those thank you cards, and respond to that backlog of e-mails that have been piling up? Having a specific space for completing all of your to-dos — paying bills, doing taxes, applying for jobs — will make your life feel instantly more organised. Heck, why not dedicate a whole cupboard or sideboard to stationary while you’re at? You know you’ve always wanted a drawer for wrapping paper…

2. Dining space

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While it was fine in your early twenties to make do with takeout boxes and plastic forks, it’s time to create a dedicated dining space (with real dining chairs) and invest in some matching dishes, placemats, napkins and glassware. Whether you’re eating alone, with a housemate, friend or hosting a whole dinner party, setting the table with pretty serveware is a good habit to get into – and sitting on a proper dining chair instead of eating in front of the TV on the sofa will most probably do wonders for your posture too.

3. Living room

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Investing in a few key pieces like a statement sofa, armchairs or artwork can make a whole room look more expensive. Rather than playing it safe with something plain and simple, opting for a brave piece of art or bold furniture will leave a lasting impression and ultimately look more ‘designer’ and sophisticated. Less is more; keep furniture and clutter to a minimum to create a sleek and polished look, and always try to create symmetry in a room. For example, opt for a pair of identical armchairs facing each other, or place identical lamps on identical side tables on either side of the sofa. A large painting or artwork above the sofa often looks better and more ‘grown up’ than trying to configure a gallery wall. Lacking actual artwork? No worries. There are plenty of affordable options to pick from.

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4. Bedroom

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You’ll already know the value of a good night’s sleep, so having a bed that you can’t wait to get into is an absolute must. This means purchasing a comfortable bed and some quality sheets and bedding to boot. Again, create symmetry in the room by choosing identical bedside tables on either side of the bed with identical lamps on top – or go for wall lights on either side of the headboard for that hotel vibe.

Similarly to the space above a sofa, the space above the bed is a great way to decorate. Invest in a beautiful bed with a headboard, or buy a separate headboard to update the bed you already have. Headboards not your thing? Hang a stunning abstract painting above the bed.

 For a super polished look, not only should everything be kept to a strict colour palette (for example soft colours like above), but you could match the throw cushions to the headboard and curtains to pull the whole room together for a cohesive and sophisticated look. For added luxury, layer a range of complimenting throw cushions in different shapes and sizes. Is there such a thing as too many pillows? Don’t be silly.

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