Kitsch is the finishing touch every space needs, says Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Changing Rooms host and proponent of Maximalism. Much like the Christmas tree's never quite finished without a few baubles on the glittery and garish side, any room needs a sprinkling of kitsch to really sing, he says.
Good news if you want to decorate your home for free, as chances are you've got some 'louder' decor pieces just waiting for their chance to shine up on the mantelpiece. Even if you love a minimalist, clutter-free look, a pinch of kitsch is an easy way to stop things from looking bland.
LLB says kitsch is the Sriracha of interiors
'I think kitsch is Sriracha in an interior, you put kitsch in just to make that mix zing,' asserts Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, author of More More More: Making Maximalism Work in Your Home and Life. 'You're aware of the fact that it's not out of the top drawer, you're aware of the fact that it's going to make your mother go, "Oh darling, really?"
'But actually, you know, that's the point! You're not trapped in that sense of what's good, what's bad, what's tasteful and what's not tasteful.'
Llewelyn-Bowen says that rather than feeling like we have to buy things from go-to stores, such as IKEA and John Lewis, we can welcome in furniture and accessories that are more on the wild side, simply because we like them. Whether it's a plastic pink flamingo, a neon light in the shape of a palm tree, or a homemade patchwork cushion, don't forget that sprinkling of Sriracha.
And it's not just LLB who loves a bit of kitsch. According to Etsy, 'kitchen kitsch' is set to be a big home decor trend this Christmas. The online retailer has seen an 85% increase in searches for vintage mixing bowls and a 14% increase in searches for vintage pyrex.
'Etsy is a treasure trove of retro items that will infuse a kitschy, cosy vibe to any kitchen,' says Etsy's trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson. Whether it's a vintage pyrex dish or a cushion cover bought from Dunelm, all that matters is that you love it.
'Actually, the crazier it is, the more you it is,' says Laurence.
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Millie Hurst was Senior Content Editor at Ideal Home from 2020-2022, and is now Section Editor at Homes & Gardens. Before stepping into the world of interiors, she worked as a Senior SEO Editor for News UK in both London and New York. You can usually find her looking up trending terms and finding real-life budget makeovers our readers love. Millie came up with the website's daily dupes article which gives readers ways to curate a stylish home for less.
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