Have you ever thought about what your particular home decorating style may be? Now more than ever, interior design styles are praised, highlighted and created, but what exactly does this mean for the ordinary homeowner? Even if you aren’t up to date on the latest interior design trends or are fortunate enough to have a professional designer at your fingertips to transform your living spaces season after season, identifying your personal home decor style can be helpful in putting together spaces that feel polished and personalized. Check out these simple tips from the trusted designers at Ashley HomeStore to find your unique home decor style and bring it to life through your furnishings.
Look at your current home decor
Before you decide on a style for your house, it’s helpful to take a look at what you’re already working with. Ask yourself how the rooms in your home are currently decorated. Are they pieced together with hand-me-down furniture and an eclectic mix of accessories that you’ve collected over the years, or have you strived to stick with a certain design theme in the past? What do you love about the way the rooms in your home are decorated right now and what features are you eager to change? Make a list of the elements you’re happy with and the ones that need to be transformed. Pro tip: If you find items along the way that you know you no longer like, need or use, don’t hesitate to get rid of them. This will save you time and space later when you’re ready to bring in furnishings that better suit your needs.
Check out your closet
You can learn a lot about a person by taking a peek at what’s hanging in their closet. So if you’re unsure about what your home decor preferences are, consider your clothes. When you look at your closet, do you notice a theme? For instance, are there lots of neutrals, such as black and white, or are your clothes brimming with patterns, colors and personality? If you love wearing soft colors, such as tans, creams and blues, it’s probably safe to say that you’d be drawn to those colors in your home decorations as well. If you notice a trend in the clothes you wear, consider whether you’d appreciate seeing the same style emulated in your home decor. Because it’s sometimes a challenge to recognize truths about ourselves, ask a friend to come over to take a look in your closet. You may be surprised by what you learn about your style and taste just by hearing an objective opinion.
Broaden your horizons
If you feel like you’re in a rut or that your everyday environment is blocking your creative juices, take a little time to broaden your interior design horizons. Of course, browsing the internet, television and magazines is a convenient way to check out a large selection of home decorations and styles in a short amount of time, but nothing is as impactful as seeing new ideas in person. Check out beautifully decorated places that you might not be familiar with, such as restaurants, museums or even a new city. Take pictures of decor elements that you find attractive, make you feel good or you’d love to emulate in your own home, including paint colors, fabrics, artwork and rugs. Sometimes all it takes to spark your imagination is a change of scenery.
Identify your home decor goals
Once you know what you’re working with and have a few inspirational ideas in mind, it’s time to be realistic. When it comes to decorating living spaces that work for your family, appearance isn’t the only thing that matters. Who cares what the room looks like if it’s not comfortable or functional? While you’re considering the color schemes, light fixtures and upholstery you’d love to add to your home, you can’t ignore the functional features that your living spaces will also require. For instance, if you have overnight guests on occasion but no guest bedroom, a sleeper sofa should certainly be on your “must have” list. Likewise, if six people live in your home, a bistro table in the dining room isn’t going to cut it. Defining what necessary features your living spaces should have will help make your shopping experience smooth, efficient and enjoyable.
Make a vision board
As you start to get a sense of your home decor style, create a vision board to help you visualize exactly what you have in mind. This will streamline your hunt for the perfect mirror to hang over your entryway table and help you know what you’d love your office desk to look like before you set foot in a furniture store. Additionally, your vision board can give you an idea of what might not work so well. While you may love a rustic farmhouse coffee table you saw on Pinterest, it probably wouldn’t look good in your boho-chic living room. A vision board with images you collect online or from magazines shows what works and what doesn’t before you bring an item home.
Ashley HomeStore can help you find your home decor style
Recognizing which home decor style you love best can help you create living spaces that are stylish, comfortable and best of all, a reflection of your unique taste. If you need help determining whether you’re drawn to more traditional, modern, rustic or minimalist pieces, the experienced design team at Ashley HomeStore in Tucson is here to help. We are proud to offer an extensive selection of quality furnishings and accessories that are sure to enhance the ambiance of your home, no matter what your style may be. Visit us online or stop by our showroom today!
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