The Duchess of Sussex and (queen of our hearts) left behind a treasure trove of tips to achieve a life well lived. Self described as “a hub for the discerning palate–those with a hunger for food, travel, fashion & beauty,” The Tig was Goop, without the jade egg stuck up its you-know-what.
But alas, after becoming a member of the British royal family, The Tig had to go. However, thanks to the geniuses of the Internet (you know, those people) we can time-travel back to when The Tig was alive and serving us friendly advice. Specifically, advice for how to decorate a living room. And although the tips are from 2016, they still hold up as tried and true pillars of great style.
Layer your rugs
This tip is great for your budget and it adds a lot of texture to your room. Rugs can be very expensive. Like budget-busting expensive. A great way to save is to purchase a smaller, pricier rug and lay it on top of an economical, large-scale rug. My favorite way to do this is a cow hide over a natural fiber rug. It’s bohemian, but still pulled together. Another great pairing is a kilim rug over a jute rug.
Add shapely table accents
TV remotes are not decor. Get a great box to hide them in and place it next to an interesting small-scale sculpture. But as The Tig rightly points out, don’t overcrowd your tabletop. You can’t go wrong with a small stack of books with beautiful bindings and a small item on top, like a candle or curiosity.
Use black and white
This combo is classic for a reason. It easily fits into many decor styles and adds contrast. Think black hardware with white draperies, black and white geometric print blankets, a white sofa with black velvet pillows, or a black and white art print. See? There are so many ways to incorporate this classic color combo.
Pick your pillows
Throw pillows are a great way to tie together a space. Choose pillows that have colors that are used throughout the room or use this opportunity to introduce an accent color.
Grow a plant
Plants are nice to have around not just to increase the flow of oxygen, but they make the room feel more casual and lively. When selecting a plant, be conscious of the type of light your room gets, and if you’re a beginner, choose something relatively easy to care for. Put it in a cute pot and you are on your way to a gorgeous living room.
Apartment Therapy supports our readers with carefully chosen product recommendations to improve life at home. You support us through our independently chosen links, many of which earn us a commission.