It can be easy to get buoyed along on the high seas of fashion, particularly when it comes to interior design. With furniture retail giants like Ikea and Harvey Norman offering us easy and modern solutions for the home, many of us go through our entire lives (and several big moves throughout) without ever really developing a sense of personal style.
We may even have partners or family members who tend to dominate when making design-related decisions. But just because ‘you’ve never had an eye’ or have no idea what it is you even like, it doesn’t mean it’s too late to explore this part of yourself.
If you’ve found yourself in a brand new apartment, or you simply want to jazz up the home you’re currently living in, figuring out what you like and what you don’t like is a worthwhile endeavour.
But how do you do that? And where do you even begin?
Experts agree that there are a few ways you can unlock the secret to finding your unique interior design style…And that it’s completely worth it.
Who wouldn’t want to love the home they’re in?
Follow these steps to get in touch with your inner flair…
Create a vision board of all the interior design inspiration that you like. You can do this by cutting out pictures from magazines or using a Pinterest account online.
Over time, you’ll begin to notice a theme or a pattern that will help you to put your interior design preferences into words. You might find that what you like is often called ‘boho chic’ or ‘hygge’. Those search terms will then help you find even more inspiration for your dream designs.
If you’re not very visual, you can still write a brainstorm. Write down words, colours, shapes or motifs that inspire you, and refer to them the next time you’re renovating.
This exercise will help you decorate your home in a way that feels intentional, and so very ‘you.’
Forget about trends
A relatively recent British survey asked 2000 Brits to choose three of their least favourite interior decor trends of the past 50 years.
Over a third of those surveyed named the 1970s as the worst years for interior design. Imagine if you’d built your whole house based on the trends of one dodgy decade!
You should always be at the centre of your own design preferences, not trends. Pastel colours might be in fashion now, but perhaps you’ve always preferred darker tones. And that’s okay! Trends will come and go, but the power of individual style is that it’s genuine and timeless. You like what you like.
In saying that, it doesn’t mean you can’t find inspiration in passing trends. Just make sure you’re not going to regret that kitsch yellow shower curtain you bought, just because you saw it on Instagram.
Reflect on who you are
How you wish to design your space depends a lot on your personality. A messy, eccentric artist will most likely prefer a freer, more relaxed style of interior decor than an uptight inner-city executive.
So think about who you are, and what you want your space to say about you.
Are you a tranquil and nature-loving person? Or do you have a flashier lifestyle that’s fast-paced and high-tech? These sorts of decisions will give you a good starting point.
If you love to travel and are often inspired by world cultures, you could reflect a bit of that in your home – perhaps with a Japanese silk screen in your bedroom or a brightly patterned rug from Morocco.
Or perhaps you’re more attuned to the Scandinavian minimalist style, with functionality at the forefront and clean-cut lines and angles a common design theme.
Watching interior design television shows, like ‘Grand Designs’ can help with this.
Give the space a purpose
Fundamentally, your interior design style is subject
to how you want your space to make you feel.
And it’s natural for this to change from room to room. You may want your living room to relax you, and employ muted tones and neutrals. But your home office on other hand, may be a creative den of colour and vibrancy.
Don’t worry too much about following any hard and fast rules. Just design your home in a way that works for you.
After all, you’re the one living in it!
If you’re still feeling lost, interior design experts have your back. A number of them have created super handy ‘find your style” type quizzes that are available for free online. Simply run through a few of them and see what results keep coming up over and over again. You might notice a penchant for converted warehouse lofts, or even rustic wood finishings. It’s in these small details that you unlock the nuances of your own personal preferences.
This is the secret to finding your interior design style.