When it comes to decorating, there’s no shortage of inspiration around. Interior design and architectural trends tend to flow in cycles. Have you noticed the 70s making a welcome reappearance in furniture stores and Instagram feeds lately?
How about minimalism? Industrial warehouse vibes? Mid-century modern?
The interior design options at our fingertips are as diverse and accessible as at any point in human history. When styles are in, they’re IN. But they also move quite quickly – you probably only need to look at a few high school photos to get a feel for how quickly trends can change.
This being the case, when it comes to incorporating interior design elements in your new home there is an important balance to be struck – one of style, personality and flexibility. Sure, you could throw caution to the wind, discard your current belongings and wholeheartedly embrace the trendy look of the moment top-to-bottom. But you should aim to make your home’s interior reflect you, and not just the Kmart catalogue from the month you moved in.
This is part of the joy of home ownership – it’s about making the most of your canvas to create an aesthetic which reflects your tastes and makes you feel at home.
It’s important to remember that styling your home to suit you is a gradual process and will take some self-reflection and consideration to differentiate between what you like the look of on the surface and what you will actually enjoy waking up to everyday – but that’s part of the fun!
In order to stay focused on the end goal, keep these three simple tips in mind when planning your new space.
Find your style
We’ve mentioned the near-endless inspiration the digital realm offers us when seeking out an interior style. Make this your best friend as you embark on a style journey. Take note of your favourite Instagram pages, blogs and Pinterest posts and use these to direct your style search. Interior magazines work wonders too – you can use these to create a physical inspiration board which will guide the colours, textures, tones, furniture and lighting you love.
Once you have this vision, you can match it to a certain style. This helps keep things in check and coordinate your decisions.
Interior designers can help at this stage of the process, but it’s worth taking the plunge and exploring in your own right – you might surprise yourself!
If you are feeling extra creative, a trip to a vintage or salvage store to find statement furniture or decor is a great way of introducing a talking point to a space. An old dining table might come up a treat with a coat of varnish or perhaps some chalk paint to achieve that shabby chic look. You are only limited by your imagination!
Reflect your personality
Whatever style you choose to embrace in your interior, it should still speak to you as a person or a family unit.
You may have personal treasures, collections, books or heirlooms which you value – find a way to put these on show tastefully and in keeping with your style and you’ll turn a home canvas into a one-of-a-kind work of art in no time at all.
Make sure you choose the best of the best to put on show. There is a fine line between decoration and clutter. We know, we know, it’s all the best of the best, how could you possibly choose? If this is the case for you, perhaps rotating which belongings are on show is the way to go. You could even divide them into groups to match seasonal vibes – heavy books and wooden objects in winter and brightly coloured belongings in summer.
Keep it flexible
We know styles move quickly, so it’s important you chase your interior goals in a way that allows you to update and shift as time and trends go by.
Feature walls, wallpapers and colour schemes are brilliant ways to impart feeling on a space, and they can be painted over or changed as required. Rugs, vases, lamps and cushions can also be replaced but have a huge impact when conveying a sense of style over a space.
Larger furniture like couches and dining tables are a longer-term investment, so neutrality, practicality and quality come to the fore when exploring your options here. The classics are classic for a reason – you can always add flair and heart to the bones of your home through decoration.
Bonus tip: Don’t overdo it.
Keep things simple, organised and never lose the vision of the home you want to create.
For more information and guidance on interior design, be sure to speak with the team at GO Homes.
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