Reading Time: 4 minutesComing up with a personal aesthetic for your Instagram feed is a challenge that most millennials are faced with, however, coming up with a personal aesthetic for your home is a completely different ball game. Unless you have endless time and money to spare, there isn’t much of a “delete and repost” option when redesigning an interior space. Which is why we’ve put together a list of tips that will help you find your unique interior design style without compromising on what’s trendy.
Make a Vision BoardCreating a vision board is much easier than it sounds and it can actually be an enjoyable experience. There are a few ways you can go about doing this:
- Magazines: Visit your local convenience store and pick up a few décor or lifestyle magazines that you can spend some time flipping through. Cut out any images that catch your eye, even if you aren’t completely sure about them.
- Home Décor Stores: If you’d rather keep this part of the project cost-free, go to home and furniture stores to snap a bunch of pictures on your phone or camera.
- Social Media: Scroll through your social media feeds or Pinterest to find décor images that spark your interest. Screenshot the images to save them to your device.
- Books: Stop by your closest Indigo and check out the Home section. With endless options, you might even lose track of time. There are numerous décor books that follow several home styles, making it simple to figure out what appeals to you the most.
Pick a Colour SchemeThe sky’s the limit! Your style doesn’t necessarily have to be narrowed down to only one colour scheme. However, we recommend organizing a few shades you like based on which room they would work best in. Use your vision board as inspiration to circle repeated colours. It’s up to you to group complimented colours together. If you find it too difficult to do this without guidance, try using a colour scheme generator as it will show you colours you probably didn’t even know existed.
Go Window ShoppingWe know how tempting it can be to spend hours in Williams-Sonoma or Pottery Barn, but you can aspire to create a vision or style that falls in line with their collections while also adding your own personal touch. Having a unique and personal decorating style is built on your taste. Seeing showrooms in person can help give you an idea of furniture pieces that you like and help define what your style is. We even recommend taking a few images with you so that you can compare multiple designs. By bringing along the image, you can ask a sales associate if they have something that matches the style you’ve picked out. They might even be able to recommend a few other pieces that complement the one you’ve got. While you might not be interesting in buying anything yet, window shopping for furniture and décor will help you visualize what you’ve been seeing online or in print.
What else can help me find my Personal Style?If you’ve tried making a vision board and doing your own research but still can’t figure out how to narrow down your personal style, don’t worry! Figuring out your taste can sometimes only come from the trial and error of decorating and redecorating. It’s also possible that your taste will evolve overtime. These are things you can consider if you are running out of ideas:
- Classification: When it comes to redesigning, there are many ways you could go. Rustic vs. modern furniture is an easy way to categorize which style suits you and your needs. A simple Google search will draw you closer to many other “room classifications” that you can browse through.
- Wall Colours: If you’re redecorating a room or simply want to explore a few wheels of colour, we often suggest our clients consider the difference between bold vs. neutral themes. By looking at different wall colours and samples, you can try to identify which ones you prefer and use that as a guideline when paint shopping.
- Patterns: Knowing whether or not you’re a fan of patterns can go a long way. From rugs to pillows to wallpaper, it’s important to know whether or not you’re comfortable incorporating patterns into your space.