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Monday, 13 February 2017
If you're on the hunt of interiors inspiration, Instagram is a hot bed of sumptuously styled and quirkily creative homes. The best news is that you don't need a design degree to take shots that will rival your favourite tastemakers'. Wayfair's resident style expert, Nadia McCowan Hill, shares her go-to tips...
1. Malini Scatter Cushion £19.99 | 2. Homestead Living Lily Dining Chair £123.96 | 3. Fairmont Park Nealon Side Table £197.99 | 4. Nkuku Kiko Photo Frame £36.99 | 5. First Choice Lighting Globe Pendant £65.99 | 6. Safavieh Rowan Ivory Area Rug £51.29
Even if your pad is a little rough around the edges, you can still take Instagram-worthy photos if you zone-in on a compact yet artistic arrangement. In the styling world, these little set-ups are called 'vignettes'. On Instagram, you'll find that they tend to be hash-tagged with tags such as #cornerofmyhome or #pocketofmyhome.
A mantelpiece, console or bedside table are all great subjects as they offer a flat surface which can be quickly yet effectively styled. Arrange a statement lamp next to some leaning artwork, then pop a vase of fresh blooms and your latest read in the foreground, and you'll have a neat little vignette that's perfectly prepped for the camera. A striking occasional chair, a fabulous floor lamp and a cosy throw are another great combination to shoot.
Design goddess Abigail Ahern started a revolution in devilishly dark spaces and hordes of avid Instagram followers have started to replicate her style. Most recently the hashtag #styleitdark has been trending. If you're inspired by the dark side, the easiest way to achieve the look is through a lick of paint. Opt for dark grey shades such as Farrow & Ball's Downpipe or Railings, or if blue is your bag, try Little Greene's Hick's Blue. For a cheaper option, Dulux also has some great shades, such as Raven Plume and Charcoal Drift. Against an inky palette, colourful cushions, metallic accents and bold artwork will really pop, giving you a space that's camera-ready.
Forget the selfie, for Instagramming interiors lovers it's all about the #shelfie. One of the easiest ways to create a striking and 'likeable' bookcase shot is to colour code your books. Try arranging your reads in horizontal and vertical stacks in similar hues for a seamlessly styled look. Mix in favourite prints, photos and unusual accents and you'll have an artfully arranged shelf that's worthy of the #kingofshelfies hashtag.
It's not just the colour institute Pantone that's obsessed with all things Greenery, it seems that Instagram devotees are besotted with bringing the outdoors in, too. If you don't trust yourself to water your floral friends, go for faux – you can tag your snaps with the popular hashtag #areyoufauxreal. If you're potting up the real deal then #greenupyourgaff hashtag is for you. Choosing beautiful planters will make your photos look all the prettier.
Over the last year, the Danish wellness trend 'Hygge' (roughly translated as 'cosiness') has been taking the world by storm. On Instagram, a bevy of homeowners have been tagging their shots with #myhyggehome and #howihygge. Shaggy sheepskins, cosy throws, Moroccan-style wedding blankets and ambient lighting are the key ingredients to pulling off a cosy shot. Dial up the drama by playing with your Instagram filter settings before you upload you snap. Low Fi is a great filter for increasing the contrast, creating an even greater feeling of cosiness. Lovely!
There are a few basic smartphone tricks that will elevate even the most humble space in an Instagram shot: Try to take your photos in square mode, so that you don't have to crop in. Get down on your subject's level, so that you have a good angle on the shot. Finally, always use your phone's camera instead of the Instagram app to shoot your home and take multiple photos. Having an array of shots to choose from means you can hone in on the very best one.
For more interiors inspiration and an array of homeware that's sure to give you an Instagram-worthy space, visit wayfair.co.uk
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