How we decorate our homes has a great impact on how we feel spending time there. It is now widely believed that our home decor can subconsciously affect our mood as well as our mental wellbeing. Hence, interior design is something we should carefully think through.
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The line between fashion and interior design is becoming blurred so if you have a favorite fashion designer, chances are that they already have a home line you can use to decorate your house or flat. This is great news! However, the most important thing about interior design is that we feel pleasant and at peace in our home environment.
For this to be achieved, our home décor must reflect our personal style and fashion tastes. Only then will we be able to create a true oasis for ourselves, a sanctuary in these trying times amidst the pandemic.
In this guide, we will show you how to use interior design to reflect your personal style.
Think About Your Lifestyle
Before you start throwing out your furniture and replacing it with new items, take a moment to think about your lifestyle in general. Are you a person who revels in elegance and stylish items that look like they came out of a magazine? Do you love wearing couture and designer clothing and turning heads at parties, or are you more the type for joggers and sweatpants of generic brands?
It may sound silly, but you should consider this in order to create a home that makes you feel comfortable and peaceful. If you do spend most of the time with your hair made up in a casual bun and your joggers on, then perhaps you wouldn’t feel comfortable and at home in an elegantly decorated flat with expensive, yet uncomfortable furniture, and vice versa.
If you enjoy wearing fancy attire and you prefer elegant, white sofas, maybe you wouldn’t quite feel like you’re at home in a casually furnished, farmhouse-style home.
Comfort Or Style
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When it comes to choosing an outfit, do you go for comfort or style? Are you someone who follows the latest fashion trends? Someone who never wears high heels and even if you do, you can’t wait to go home and change into your favorite trainers?
You should approach interior design in the same way by asking yourself a few questions. Do you prefer soft or bold features? Cozy boho chic or the simple, clean Scandinavian style? Or are you more into bare bricks of the industrial style?
This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve both comfort and stylishness if you allow your personality and your tastes to guide you. For example, if comfort prevails in your book - but you also want a dash of style in your bedroom, you can pick one of the numerous wooden bedroom furniture sets that provide both. They’re cozy and comfortable but also timeless, hence, suitable for every taste.
Another great thing about wood is that it can fit into any kind of home décor so you can express your creativity and complement your bedroom with minimalist, mid-century modern, French Country, or traditional style details to create a space that truly reflects your style.
Bold Colour Or Neutral Palettes
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White, beige, and grey flats look stunning in magazines, however, is it really for you? If you’re the type who prefer bold colours such as purple, red, green, your interior design should reflect that. If you surround yourself with the colours that you usually love wearing, you’ll be much more relaxed at home.
Maybe you want to add some feminine accent to your home such as pink details in the form of art, flowers, etc. Some pink or velvet-coloured cushions would be an excellent addition too. On the other hand, if you usually avoid flashy hues and always pick the “sure thing” when it comes to your outfits, honour your taste and pick colours that feel natural to you.
Creativity Or Simplicity
Maybe you’re the type of person who can make any ordinary outfit unique by adding some interesting details such as jewellery or accessories. Or you might be someone who feels best in a plain simple outfit such as a classic white T-shirt and black trousers, no accessories.
If you enjoy simple, minimalist décor, you shouldn’t force yourself to add home accessories such as bohemian-style rugs or materials such as fur and leather. Remember that the focus is on creating a home that reflects your personality and taste. On the other hand, if you find immense joy in collecting rare, handmade pieces, souvenirs, and combining various textures, you should think of your home as a white canvas ready to be painted.
With the help of the internet and social media platforms, figuring out your personal style and incorporating it into your interior design is not difficult. Create a board on Pinterest, write down a list of your priorities, and consider your fashion style. With these tips, you’ll easily create a home that screams YOU.
Our home is the place where we feel most comfortable and relaxed. Additionally, it speaks volumes about our personality and interests, and even small details like home accessories can reveal to our guests who we truly are. Therefore, it’s extremely important that we invest in our house and thus present ourselves in the best light. And, in order to help you find some fashionable home accessories that will match your innovative mind, but also stand the test of time, we’ve prepared a list of our favourite ones. Let’s take a look.Mirrors
Although the primary purpose of mirrors has nothing to do with home decoration at first sight, when you consider all the effects mirrors can have on the interior, you’re most likely to change your mind. Not only will your rooms look more spacious thanks to them, but they will add a touch of elegance to the decoration as well. Additionally, you can go for some interesting fashionable mirror frames which will show what a true fashionista you are and that you’re always up to date with all the latest trends.
Photo frames are definitely a great choice if you want to turn your home into a nice and warm place. Thanks to them you’ll have a chance to display your unforgettable memories and have all the dearest people always in sight. Additionally, you can find so many different frame designs and chose those which will go well with the colour pattern of your interior. Furthermore, handmade photo frames have been a true craze over the last few seasons, and their uniqueness will add that final touch to your home. Finally, vintage photo frames are a great way to create a contrast and make a perfect balance between modern and rustic decor.
Going green is absolutely a must this year, and aside from being considered extremely important for our environment, it has become a kind of fashion statement as well. Therefore, don’t even think about skipping potted flowers when decorating your home. They will purify the air making it much healthier, but also serve as great decor. For example, fashionable Wedgwood pots are uniquely designed and thus will catch the eye of all your guests. Finally, make sure to choose low-maintenance plants, since you don’t want to end up with all your flowers dead after a short vacation or a business trip.
Another evergreen house accessory is a rug. Not only do they make your house more comfortable and allow you to walk barefoot without freezing your feet off, but it can serve as a great piece of decoration as well. We advise you to go for a vintage Moroccan rug which is characterised by a minimalistic design and interesting patterns that will be easily combined with the rest of your decor, making your house look polished and elegant. Finally, these rugs are incredibly soft, so you’ll have a chance to enjoy lying on them while reading your favourite book.
Finally, wallpapers are an accessory that has been popular for years and it will certainly stand the test of time. The great thing about them is that there is an abundance of choices that you can go for. You can literally find whichever colour and pattern you like and opt for those that most precisely depict your feelings and personality. Furthermore, instead of covering all the walls, you can always choose an accent one and get bold coloured wallpapers for it. You’ll be surprised to see how such a detail can do wonders and make an entire room look much more interesting and fashionable.
As you can see, decorating your home in such a way that it maintains a modern look for a long time is not that hard after all. You just need to opt for some evergreen accessories and work out the best way to incorporate them into the rest of your house design. Finally, don’t shy away from experimenting and also adding your personal touch since your home should represent who you are, instead of copying the personality of a famous designer.
Written by Will Sandford a Sydney based designer and blogger
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