How to get US interiors style: five tips

us-style-rita-konig interior designThe decor style of our friends across the pond is instantly noticeable in the same way you could probably spot details specific to British decor. These are five things to consider if you’d like to add a little transatlantic flair…

1. Brightness is key. This means decluttering and opting for blinds rather than heavy curtains. Also, white floorboards bounce the light around and create a pretty glow.

2. Speaking of floorboards, painting them is very typical of the great US interior designers such as Bunny Mellon who made a statement through zig-zag and hexagonal patterns.

3. Need inspiration to get that transatlantic look? Study the work of Billy Baldwin, Albert Hadley, Steve Gambrel and Tom Scheerer – so much talent that it’s impossible to emerge without hundreds of ideas.

4. Invest in smart trays. Americans use them everywhere – the powder room, side tables, kitchens – to make collections of everyday things look a lot more stylish.

5. Opt from drapes rather than curtains. These are lighter, less formal and cheaper (hurrah!).

RITA SAYS… Two buys for instant US interiors style

The wallpaper: “I love the silhouette quality of this design, which I’ve used in a bedroom. “First Bloom” (night blossom), by Tyler Hall, 68cm wide, £168 a 10-metre roll, available in the UK from Tissus d’Helene.

The tray: “I have one of these by my bed for my creams and pillow spray.” Lacquer ‘Small Belles Rives Tray’ (bordeaux red), by Rita Konig for The Lacquer Company, 3.5 x 28 x 20cm, £115, from Rita Konig.

MORE: For a more in-depth view, check out Rita’s House & Garden column on US interiors style here.

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