Although many are set to hang buntings in the street and throw lavish garden parties, others will be opening the doors to their homes and inviting friends and family to see history unfold. So making it look perfect will be key.
“Transforming your home doesn’t have to cost a fortune,” Kate says. “There are a few simple steps which you can follow which can all help add the wow factor to your property. And, best of all, they will all be enjoyable long after the Coronation.”
Gold gold gold
Just a touch of glimmering gold will make a space feel infinitely and instantly more glamorous.
Adding items such as gilt picture frames, lamps, cushions or trimmings such as tassels can be a good place to start. It’s also worth thinking about how to complement gold. Remember, gold is a glamorous product so when you’re considering what textiles to team it with, look along similar luxury lines.
Fabrics such as velvet, mohair, leather or suede are all good bedfellows for gold, and will also help soften an overall scheme. The aim is for gold to enhance and be enhanced by the other items in your room, not to eclipse or apologise for its less stately neighbours.
It’s just so versatile and this is one of the reasons I love it. It can be used generously, layered around the house to create a sense of opulence using velvet cushions and velvet curtains. And it so works well on upholstered furniture, allowing you to play with cushions in accent colours.
Try to pair ambient lighting with velvet to lend a sense of opulence and aged grandeur.
A fur throw can help flick a switch and inject texture, colour and warmth into your home and instantly elevate your interior’s ambience through opulent tones and patterns. The great thing about throws is that they’re a quick and easy way to update your living room – not to mention, they are non-permanent! This means you can switch the colour of your throw as much as your mood dictates. For a neutral sofa, I’d recommend a splash of colour.
This will lift the room instantly and when you get bored with that colour it’s a lot cheaper to replace a throw than a full sofa. Dark sofas in a darkly decorated room look great with grey tones. If your sofa has seen better days, the easiest way to upgrade it is by picking a throw with abstract patterns or vibrant colours, this will give it a lively kick.
It is safe to say, many of us have probably made the odd mistake when it comes to measuring for curtains. Pay attention to the length – curtains should go to the floor; either one or two millimetres above, just touching or puddled.
A puddled effect is far better than being ‘too short’ so always opt for the longer length when in doubt – it will look far more sophisticated and can really make all the difference. Also think about hanging curtains higher and wider than the window for a sense of height and grandeur. This will showcase a fabulous sweeping design.
Think of mirrors as a magical portal to another dimension, one where space is infinite and your living room is the size of a ballroom. They give the illusion of continuity and it can be one of the most powerful tools for tricking the eye. When placed in the proper spot, they have the ability to reflect the surrounding space, making it seem like a room extends beyond its actual boundaries.
This optical illusion makes your small space feel more open and vast. It’s important to strategically place mirrors in areas where they’ll bounce light around the room. I recommend hanging yours directly across from a window or perpendicular to a window for the most effective outcome.
Artwork on the walls
When your artwork is large, it draws the eye upward and outward.
Adding a sizable piece to your wall creates a sense of depth, especially if it’s a beautiful snapshot or landscape painting that resembles a view you might see out of a window. Think of it as a statement piece that doubles as the room’s focal point. If you’re working with a small space, it’s important to choose a piece that packs a punch.
You want to make sure it’s the star of the show, so keep the surrounding decor minimal and let the art speak for itself. If you’re not sure where to hang it, place it on a wall opposite the entrance. That way, when someone walks into your space, they’ll be wowed by the piece and forget all about how small your space is.
Drinking your favourite tipple from a beautiful tinted glass makes the experience more special, and you can now find inexpensive options at a bevvy of retailers, thrift stores, vintage shops, and online retailers. They are all great resources for coloured glassware in all sorts of styles. A set will really transform the mood of your home and help the party go off in style.
Kate Conrad is an interior design expert and design director at Madison & Mayfair.