What does it mean to have great style? Style is an identity, a message. It can apply to anything we see, from a film to a wrapper, to a building, and when it’s done right, it has an impact. It influences our mood, how we behave, what our next steps will be. Applying style to your home can be much more difficult than simply picking out the best outfit, however. That’s why we’ve compiled several tips from top interior designers.
- Mix it up
Construction companies go a long way in setting the stage for your style to take over. What you do when the remodel is over matters a lot. Bear in mind that “mixing it up” doesn’t have to mean you’re going full-on eclectic. For finishing touches, add a range of textures, and a palette of similar colors. We do this to add dimension, so a room doesn’t end up looking flat or harsh.
- Forget about the price
People conflate “stylish” and “expensive” all of the time. The truth is, the excellent style has little to do with money. When you’re out looking for decor, go slowly. Really assess what you see, instead of just looking at price tags and assuming the priciest is the most tasteful.
- Don’t add too much – or too little
Many interior designers swear by the rule of 60 percent. This means they will only fill the room 60% with furniture, open drapes to block only 60% of natural light and let throw rugs cover just 60% of the floor. If you’re worried you will over- or under-decorate a room, follow the 60% rule and see how it works.
- Don’t forget lighting fixtures
A lot of us will repaint a room and buy new furnishings, yet keep the original light fixture. Instead, begin with the light fixture. You may find that updating this one feature is the key to an overall more stylish look.
- Rearrange before repurchasing
In some cases, it’s not what we have, it’s how we present it. Before you go out and buy new things, clear out the whole room. Now re-decorate it with what was already in there. This helps you see what truly doesn’t fit, and what objects are most representative of your signature style.
- Break old rules
The idea that you have to use light colors in a small room is pretty out-of-date. Small rooms need great lighting. From there, you can do what you like with notable colors and interesting pieces – without making it look miniature.
- Don’t forget the fifth wall
Much like the light fixture itself, we often forget to do anything to spruce up the ceiling. Simply repainting a ceiling can make a room look cleaner and neater, while it’s also an opportunity to add extra interest, with a bolder color or finish.
What will change when you redecorate? Will you feel more relaxed, more compelled to stay in? Will you get more done, have more guests over, or feel inspired to move on to the next room? Our homes have an undeniable effect on how our lives are carried out. No matter your taste or budget, you can start plotting out your stylish new space today.