So you’re finally ready to make your home a beautiful and inviting place that feels like you. (If you haven’t already read the post on finding your design style, I recommend clicking here first). You’ve nailed down what your design styles are, you’ve decided on a color palette, and now you’re ready to make it happen. This is the fun part, and it’s not as hard as you may think. There are just some guidelines you need to follow in order to make all of the unique components work together in creating a home that is perfect for you.
1. Now that your styles and color palette have been defined, you can go forth and collect objects that fit within those categories. Shop in your own home, shop your grandmother’s attic, shop home decor stores, shop goodwill and yard sales. With a clear definition of what you are looking for, it will be much easier to find objects you love for your home. Please do not bring something into your home just because it fits into your color scheme or style- you also have to love it. This may take time, and that’s okay. Making a home that you love doesn’t happen over night.
2. Bringing in multiple styles is the best way to create a home that is interesting and uniquely yours, but it has to be done the right way. This is where terms you’ve surely heard on design shows like contrast, balance and flow come into play. If you are attracted to really ornate pieces, for example, contrast them with simple pieces to create balance. In my living room, I wanted to incorporate my favorite design styles of mid-century modern, rustic, industrial, and just a hint of glam. I brought a little bit of glam in with fancy antique frames and aged brass accessories, but the clean simple lines of my mid-century sofa, desk chair, and industrial style coffee table help to balance it out so its not too much. You also need to make sure an element of your design doesn’t stand alone and stick out like a sore thumb. If you want to bring bohemian style into your space, you need to have a few bohemian elements spread throughout the space to create flow in the room. In this space, I wanted to bring in some earthy, rustic elements. The leather sofa, the wood (the bowl on the coffee table, stacked in the fireplace, and the desk and credenza), as well as the plants peppered throughout the space, all accomplish this.
3. The same goes for color. Your pops of color should be present in multiple places so that they feel like they belong, and bring the eye around the room full circle. Mint green and emerald can be found in multiple places throughout my space, in the poof, throw pillows, blanket, and even small accessories like books and lamps. Don’t go too matchy matchy with this- varying shades of colors in different formats are best. You want the color to feel like it belongs, but not like you spent ridiculous amounts of time matching color swatches to achieve perfection. Perfection is boring. It’s a much better story if it looks like you collected the objects in your home over time and threw them together with ease. For more information on styling the surfaces in your home, read this post.
4. Bring in lots of texture. Color and style are important for making a space feel cohesive and well designed, but equally as important is texture. Texture truly affects the way a room feels, and can add so much interest to a room if done correctly. In my opinion, the more varying textures in a room, the better. Again, just make sure the texture is repeated in more than one place. The texture of raw wood is clearly present in my space, as well as the woven braided texture found in the wing back chair and natural fiber rug. To balance all of this rough texture, I added luxurious, cozy textures in the form of velvet in the blush chair and emerald throw pillows, and fur in the pair of cowhide pillows. The cozy knitted blankets add yet another layer of softness. Color and style are what draw you to a room, but texture is what makes you want to stay there. Toby the cat agrees.
5. Sit back and enjoy your new space. If you surround yourself with things you adore, (using the proper guidelines of course), you will have created a space that you not only love, but others will love as well, because it tells the story of you.
Photos by Amanda Seifert Photography