LIFESTYLE FOR LESS: FUTURE REGAL

My take on Future Regal...

My take on Future Regal...

It's a common belief that it's near impossible to style your home with the look of a decor magazine or interior stylist unless you have a budget of tens of thousands. I thought this myself when I bought my first home, but I've found a great few workarounds and affordable solutions.

In 'Lifestyle for Less' I'll be finding some great styled decor images and then showing you how get the same end results on a fraction of the budget. 

THE INSPIRATION

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For the first 'Lifestyle for Less' I've taken this great image that I found on Pinterest. I will name this beauty Future Regal. The space has all of the class of a glamorous regal living room but with a real futuristic edge as a result of the large, almost intrusive artwork, soft grey walls and floorings. Every object has been chosen with great scrutiny, and as a result antique gilded objects work flawlessly against a minimalistic setting.

Here's my Lifestyle for Less interpretation of Future Regal.

It's hard to find any decent sofa with a velvet fabric that won't cost the earth. Though not velvet, this Laura Ashley 'Ashton' sofa is currently on sale at just £630 for a navy blue fabric finish, which can be the centrepiece to the Future Regal room.

Habitat have a great hammered metal coffee table, and at £200 it's a little on the pricey side, but will really stand out as your (secondary) centrepiece. I promise this is the last of the pricier buys for this room!

Gilt framed mirror from eBay seller Cotswold Mirrors. £169

Gilt framed mirror from eBay seller Cotswold Mirrors. £169

It's really easy to pick up gilt framed mirrors online for under £200. I found this great company on eBay who had a wide range of gilt framed mirrors, starting from around £100 upwards depending on size.

 

Getting the right fabrics and textiles for cushions can really make a plain sofa a LOT more interesting! Get one each of these for a look just like in our inspiration image.

Habitat 'Jules' Old Gold silk cushion, £25

Habitat 'Jules' Old Gold silk cushion, £25

Spa blue velvet cushion on Etsy, starting from £27.41

Spa blue velvet cushion on Etsy, starting from £27.41

Spent a while looking for the 'right' turquoise vase and stumbled across this absolute BEAUTY on Etsy! Love the gold against the turquoise, in fact I even prefer this to the original inspiration image. They only have one... let's see who gets it first! 

The bold, supersized facial image really sets the tone of the room. I love this image below by Scottish artist Innes Mcdougall. There are a variety of print sizes and the print is also available in canvas. In fact, I think I have fallen in love with this piece so much that I may make it the focus of our entrance at home.

So I'm gonna be real... you won't get a lamp like the one in the inspiration image for cheap. That style of lamp is a french gilt and patinated figurine lamp and go for lots of dollar! So, question is, how to achieve the look on less? I'd say to scour eBay for french gilt or brass lamps and then purchase a small black lampshade to get as close a look to the original french antique lamps at an affordable price. I managed to find this base which would look great topped with a black velvet lampshade like this one. One with a gold painted interior would be even more dope!

 
Marble and plaster bust of Mozart, eBay, around £5-£10

Marble and plaster bust of Mozart, eBay, around £5-£10

When adding ornaments you want to be looking for ceramics with an unglazed finish, which means it is matte. A small bust or animal figure like the ones I've found below would work well. 

This dark bamboo stool works well as an additional side table to your main piece. Use it to stand up an ornament or lamp.

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Lastly, there's a wide range of paint colours to similarly match the soft, midtone grey. I find Dulux to be a great affordable brand with such a wide range of colours at all times. I think 'Wishing Well' is a good match. 

I actually have a really similar carpet colour to the one shown. It's by Primo Plus and the colour is called 'Misty Morning'. Its £13.42 per metre squared and has that lovely brushed look.

Enjoy recreating you Future Regal space for less!