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New Zealand decorating experts reveal their secrets

Developing a sense of style as we age is to be expected.

Whether it’s interiors or fashion, a beautifully cultivated aesthetic is timeless, comfortable and above all else chic.

Speaking to Domain, New Zealand-based interiors expert Victoria Bibby revealed that by following a few simple style rules, a well-curated home is achievable – at any age.

Her design mantra dictates: ‘You should always live with what you love, but each decade will bring different needs.’

Creating a great home at any age can be as simple as following a few design rules (stock image)

DECORATING IN YOUR 20S 

This is a time, Victoria said, where you can let loose and have a bit of fun. 

It’s likely you’re starting out so there’s every chance you’ll be scouring op shops for quirky or unique finds.

She also added creating a specific look for your home can be difficult at this stage with most people likely to be living in shared houses.

In your 20s, the expert advised to buy the 'best quality bed you can afford and invest in a beautiful linen duvet and sheet set'

In your 20s, the expert advised to buy the ‘best quality bed you can afford and invest in a beautiful linen duvet and sheet set’

She said while there are some limitations, a bedroom is one you can claim entirely.

‘In a shared house, your bedroom is the only space that’s just yours.

‘Buy the best quality bed you can afford and invest in a beautiful linen duvet and sheet set.’

If you’re stuck for inspiration, interiors expert Joanna Thornhill recommends  turning to social media or image sharing sites like Pinterest to create a virtual mood board.

‘When collating images, keep a note as you go of what it is your like about each one. Then review your selection – you might be surprise how many common factors there are.

DECORATING IN YOUR 30S 

This next stage can often call for a gear change as it’s likely you could be in your first home, but you’re also probably thinking about kids too.

Having a home that is both stylish and functional means choosing pieces that can work with an active family in tow.

Your 30s can be a time where you begin to streamline your choices, especially with a family in tow

Your 30s can be a time where you begin to streamline your choices, especially with a family in tow

WORKING WITH AN INTERIOR DESIGNER 

  • You can bring in an interiors expert for a little advice, some suggestions or a major overhaul 
  • Think about what you want to achieve visually and spatially 
  • Look for a designer whose own style will complement your project
  • Research the kinds of projects they take on, and look at their previous work 

‘Look around your home and be honest about what you love and get rid of what you don’t,’ Victoria recommends.

Decluttering can be a great way to transition from one life to the next, as well as highlight areas you want to focus on. 

Speaking previously to MailOnline, interiors expert Andrew Dunning said he believed each room needs a clear vision so it doesn’t end up a general dumping ground.

‘Define how you want to use each room. Make your living room restful by ensuring it doesn’t become a general storage place,’ he said.

You can really begin to up the luxe factor in your home once your hit your 40s 

You can really begin to up the luxe factor in your home once your hit your 40s 

DECORATING IN YOUR 40S 

By the time you’ve hit your 40s, you’ve probably already honed your sense of style.

Now it’s time to think about upping the luxe factor by incorporating statement pieces such as beautifully designed lamps or comforting cashmere throws.

‘Think luxury, statement art and furniture pieces,’ Victoria told Domain.

Antiques can also begin to make an appearance, she said. These work well mixed with modern pieces and create warmth, character and define style in a unique way.

‘You may be lucky enough to have inherited pieces from family, which adds a rich history and story to your home.’ 

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