If you’re preparing to redecorate your home, the chances are that you’ve spent a lot of time looking through catalogs and style sites to check out the latest trends. Bringing it all together can still be a challenge, however. How can you work out what will work for you, not just practically but creatively? How can you give it that unique je ne sais quoi that makes it your own? Some people dream their lives away waiting for inspiration to strike, but as professional interior designers will tell you, there are ways to hurry it along.
Fashion and your home
If you like to redecorate regularly and you want a look that’s right on trend, you don’t just have to rely on what you see in furniture magazines – you can also check out what’s hot on the catwalk. There’s a strong connection between interior décor and runway fashion, and adding that little extra buzz to your home will wow your visitors. It doesn’t have to mean spending a lot. Making smart choices means minor changes can help you keep up with the seasons. If you replace your curtains with window shutters, for instance, you can repaint them in a different color whenever you like. If you buy attractive lamps, you can replace fabric shades at very little cost. Accessories such as pillows, throws, and rugs can also change the look of a room quite dramatically for little outlay, and they can be stored away for possible future use when you’re ready for a change.
Bring out your personality
The rooms you live in should reflect who you are, so when you’re decorating, don’t just think about what’s popular, think about the themes that have always appealed to you. If you have favorite paintings, consider getting prints and choosing the colors and the style of furniture in your rooms to complement them. If you have a favorite animal, seek out ornaments and pieces of furniture that feature it, creating an eclectic space with a unifying thread. If you’re a bold person who likes to make a statement, show it by using strong colors and firm lines. If you’re a romantic, explore pastels and old-fashioned styles. Make your space your own.
A family project
Of course, not everybody lives alone, and if you have kids then they too can help with your home design projects. This doesn’t mean every room has to look like a cartoon or a scene from a fairytale, but it does mean that you can design themed bedrooms (stick to subjects they’re likely to be into for a while), and you can discuss things such as colors and patterns when designing other rooms in the house. Because they’re unfamiliar with the world, they won’t connect ideas in the same way as adults, meaning they can come up with surprising ways of looking at things – and you might be surprised by how good some of those are.
There are design ideas to be found in every aspect of life – just think about the things that move and excite you, the things that soothe you, and the things that make you feel good about yourself. That way, you can create a home that provides everything you need.