Inspiration and Tips to style your space
What is your home décor personality?
Just as clothes are an extension of yourself, your home or your space is an extension of who you are...your personality!
So the space you live in should speak volumes about you! That for me is the most important element while styling or decorating your home.
Homes can be from boho chic to minimal modern, from contemporary to traditional or from kitsch to classical. A lot of factors might influence our bent towards a specific kind of interiors including their age group, the family (or no family) set up, the demographic set up, the lifestyle, or the socio- economic standing of an individual.
So the next question that comes up is how do we define what is our décor style? How would we find the style that would suit our life style and us? Well here are some easy questions and tips that would help you know about your personal style and also how it relates required space.
So if you had to describe you/ your family set up in 2-3 words, what would the first few words that would come to your mind. Sometimes, it normal and to even a certain degree more interesting to have the 2nd word that is completely opposite of what the first word was (like classic kitch). Since most of us have multiple characteristics, using contradictory words help in making the space more exciting! That’s the décor style your home should have. Well, that was easy, right? What also helps at this point is to browse though a few home magazines and tear out a couple of pictures of homes that you would love yours to look and feel like.
Now your next question could be, well okay so I have the 2-3 words and maybe a couple of pictures! What next? How do I correlate this to my home interiors?
For me, for starters, you need to understand what kind of patterns (or no patterns) do you feel comfortable in? What makes you feel calm and makes you feel at home? It could be a damask pattern or a traditional paisley, a simple stripe or an opulent suzani pattern. You need to understand what design element are you naturally drawn to. Your pattern liking shapes the overall style of décor.
The third most important factor is the use of Colours. Each color says a different story and the usage of one along with another changes our perception of the color story. Look back at your magazine tear out- do they have any specific color themes? Would you like your home to be in soft neutrals with warm creams, stony pewter and browns or would you prefer splashes of colors. The color theme does not and infact should not be consistent through all rooms of your home. Keeping the overall look similar and reflective of who you are, playing with colours in different set ups adds a fun element. When you walk from one room to another, you will have a refreshing feel.
Lastly, the artifacts and the furniture of your homes speaks a ton about your personality. Walking through the space you would like to decorate or style with a diary and making 2 list- ‘love it’ and ‘wish I could replace it’ is the last step. Please be honest about this list because “It’s all based on how things make you feel,” says interior design expert Carrie McCarthy.
Once the above thoughts are put together, you will notice there are some common factors that would bind together. The common threads would include- look, feel, design element, vibe, design elements and materials. And that’s what your interior décor style is!
On a closing note, the most important element you need to keep in mind while redecorating or styling you home is loving every inch of your space. Love your space, love the textiles used, love the paintings on the wall, love the sofa you sit on- and most importantly love the people you live it! They help make your house into a home!