If you love strong colour, an eclectic style and a soulful space with heaps of personality then Bright Bazaar is your style.
Bright Bazaar celebrates the curation of beautiful things and embraces authenticity wholeheartedly.
The Bright Bazaar style can be built from scratch or grown over time.
This style can cross genres and be blended with modern, traditional or an eclectic mix of everything in between.
However, whilst anything goes, there are a few steps we can follow for the most successful finish.
How to style your home
A large part of the Bright Bazaar styles’ success is authenticity.
If you have colour running through your bones and love collecting and curating items of interest then you have the passion to pull this off.
1) Making Cohesive Statements
The Bright Bazaar style is not afraid to be seen and make a statement. This style insists on self expression and welcomes the brave.
More is definitely more here so don’t be frightened to offer up WOW factors in all their potential glory. Although try to limit one to each area or room so as not to overload focal points.
Cohesion plays a big role when combining several strong features in an interior. Consider how each statement area will impact on the others.
If you are unsure where to start, think about some of the main principles in your scheme. For example, will your design include re-painting existing furniture, will it involve sourcing feature wallpaper, or might it mean organising fabric samples for some new upholstery?
Before you start, make a plan. (always)
2) How to use Colour
The main focus of the Bright Bazaar style is colour.
This is not for the faint hearted.
Do you love pastels, neons or primary colours?
You might love complimentary colours, ie those next to each other on the colour wheel. This will provide a palette of greens, oranges and yellows for instance, or blues purples and pinks.
Alternatively, you might like the contrast of colours that sit opposite each other. Examples such as purples with yellows (think aubergine and mustard) or pinks with greens (imagine coral and turquoise).
This is your time to shine so be brave and true to yourself, no matter what other people might suggest.
The more of yourself you give to your home the more it gives back.
3) Layer up the styles
The Bright Bazaar style can be layered on top of any of your other favourite styles.
From left to right in the photos below, your favourite styles might be Coastal Decor, Simple Vintage, Easy Contemporary, Modern Eclectic or Scandi Classic.
Since colour forms the major elements of the Bright Bazaar style, it is possible to embellish any other design. Even one such as Scandi Classic which is traditionally neutral in colour.
4) Buy what you love first and style it up afterwards.
A Bright Bazaar style is built from all the lovely finds we stumble across.
One of these finds could be a heart stopping wallpaper that we HAVE to save up for. It might be a one-off vintage piece we fall in love with. It could even be something rescued from the neighbours skip. Either way, there is love involved and the purchase is not necessarily a logical or tactical one.
A friend once told me, ‘it’s not what you have in your wardrobe that matters – it’s how you wear it’ and this is also true of the Bright Bazaar home style.
You might find a favourite sample of wallpaper works better in a room you hadn’t considered it for. Or, following an impulse purchase, a redundant cushion might transform a forgotten corner.
Of course, pulling it all together does require logic, tactics, thought, time and patience, but the gathering of the ‘things’ just requires love.
5) The Power of Three
This is the antidote to Tip Number 4.
Sometimes due to budget or fear of changing our minds, we prefer to keep the bigger investment pieces neutral.
A neutral scheme might also provide a safe place from which to start building our Bright Bazaar home. Especially if our love of colour has been previously suppressed, discouraged or over-ridden in the past.
Maybe we already have a neutral home and don’t want to start from scratch building an entirely new one.
In these cases, when injecting new colour, work to the Power of Three.
That’s three opposing colours in each key area or room. Three new colours is all it takes to transform a once neutral scheme into a Bright Bazaar style.
This method also provides a bit of a safety net when getting started.
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