Moving into a new home – whether it is a large house or a small apartment – gives you the chance to start from scratch when it comes to home decor and you have a blank canvas of sorts that you can work with to give your new home the look you really want. But of all the different decor styles out there which should you choose? Here are some basic tips to help you decide:
Decorate According to Your Personality: Your home should be a reflection of your personality especially since if it is not it will be hard to ever make the place really feel like a home rather than just a house.
For most people there is a certain decor style that really suits their personality. The romantic soul might be drawn to the idea of a delicate, pastel colored shabby chic style while a more practical person might prefer the practicality of a sparser, more contemporary style.
The difficulties can arise when people with differing decor tastes will be sharing the same home. He loves the rustic look in the kitchen – checkered curtains, old fashioned farmhouse dining table, roosters everywhere – while she prefers a sleek, modern look with minimal fuss.
Rather than letting one person ‘win’ seek compromises and whatever you do try to create a decor style for the home, and not just a single room. A home that is contemporary in every way with the exception of a ‘shabby chic’
Seek Out Inspiration: There area lot of places you can look to find inspiration that can help you choose the decor style that is best for you. Glossy magazines like Better Homes and Gardens, the shows on cable television that are devoted to home decor and even your friends and family members homes can all serve as great places to get home decorating ideas from.
Decorate According to Your Lifestyle: If you are a very busy person who is rarely ever home, then opting for a complicated decor style that will require a lot maintenance, a lot of glass or tile that will need constant cleaning for instance, is probably not the best idea. Nor is heavy carpeting that will need vacuuming several times a week to keep clean when a hardwood floor would just need the occasional sweep.
In the end, the way you decorate your home is a very personal decision but the one great thing that it is well worth remembering is that whatever style you choose one thing is always going to be true – it is not hard to make a change if you decide that your surroundings just do not work for you anymore!
Not really sure what you like in terms of decor? Maybe taking this fun little quiz will help you begin to figure it out.