Easy Steps to Style Your Home
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Below are few ideas for creating your home design without breaking the bank.
Nail down your style personality
Save what you like and you will find yourself pinning some inspiration boards more than once. That tells you a lot about your preference so create your home design from the inspiration boards you save the most.
Instagram is another photo sharing and social media platform great for inspiration that encourages creative originality. You can follow your favourite retailers and interior designers and here’s some of my favourite accounts: jonathanalder (Jonathan Alder), nickolsenstyle (Nick Olsen), kenfulk (Ken Fulk), palomacontrerasdesign (Paloma Contreras), malenbatelier (Marlene Barnett).
Finding inspiration doesn’t necessarily mean that you copy someone else’s work, what it does it is really helping you to see the end result for the space you want to recreate in a certain design style and colours and always remember to give credits to the original inspiration author when you share with friends or online.
Another great way to determine your style is free online quizzes. If you search online design services, some will actually give you a free design style personality quiz that you can take. It’s fun, free and easy.
Discover your foundation style
Once you have a good idea of what you really like consider nailing down your primary design style. I will write a post about the most used design styles in the near future.
Below you will find most used design styles in a nutshell but not limited to the mentioned styles.
Pick your design style personality that’s closer to your likes:
- The Modernist: you like Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern.
- The Minimalist: you prefer Contemporary, Scandinavian even Transitional styles or maybe Zen or Wabi-Sabi.
- The Traditionalist: Mediterranean, French, Tuscan or American styles like Colonial.
- The Eclectic: Whimsical, Bohemian, Contemporary Eclectic (think Anthropologie), maybe Retro.
- The Casual: country, farmhouse, coastal, shabby chic, so casual, all lowercase.
- The Glamourist: all things bold, shiny and eye-catching: Modern Glam, Preppy, Hollywood Regency.
- The Globalist: Moroccan, African style, Arabic or Mexican or maybe Tropical ( think globally casual)
- The Vintage: Industrial, Rustic or Vintage British design. Worn leather, exposed brick, distressed wood it’s what you would prefer to use.
Mix in few other related design style
If you for example like Farmhouse style, mix in some feminine French or Shabby Chic decor, or if you like more of a minimalist design then mixing in some Rustic will make the space more casual and relaxed.
Mix Rustic and Contemporary to avoid the home looking like a log cabin unless you want to achieve a log cabin look.
Or perhaps your home is more Contemporary but you would like to borrow from the Eclectic styles to add a pop of color. You got the idea.
I put together few ideas for mixing design styles that might help you make a decision.
Contemporary – Rustic – Zen;
Scandinavian – Rustic – Bohemian;
Transitional – Mediterranean – Farmhouse;
Farmhouse – Rustic – French;
Art Deco – Modern Glam – Hollywood Regency;
Shabby Chic – Rustic – French;
Mediterranean – Transitional;
English Country – Vintage – Rustic;
Moroccan – Zen – Bohemian;
Tropical – Bohemian – Preppy;
Preppy – Whimsical – Tropical;
Vintage British – Art Deco – Modern Glam;
Industrial – Modern – Vintage British.
I will be more than happy to help you creating mood boards for the styles you identified as best for your home. Just add your comment below if you think that online interior design services are for you.
Choose the mood you want
Here’s few tips on picking the right color for the mood you want to create.
You want to pick the right color scheme based on the mood you want to create taking in consideration the color scheme already in your space.
When it comes to choosing a color scheme, your design style will dictate how bold you can go. Please come back for the article on color theory and color combinations.
As a final thought, design is what you like not what’s trendy so avoid HDTV syndrome because that’s not you. Assess your space and make decor decisions based on what you really want and who you are. There’s no right or wrong, only what’s best for your space.
I hope you found the easy steps to create your home design helpful.