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How to Choose a Style for Your Home

Whether you are moving into your first new home (as in the previous article) or just want to change the look of your current home, here are some guidelines to begin that exciting home decorating process by Emma Joyce.*


Regardless of whether you’re a first-time home owner in need of adequate home décor or simply want to make the interior design more appealing to you, you should have your own ideal style in mind before you start your search and decoration work. You might prefer modern vibe or love the feel of rustic chic style, or you might even adore vintage décor. In the end, you might find mixing and matching different styles perfect for your own needs. Whatever you choose, it’s essential that you have your own take on each and every one of those styles.

Know your styles
There are many home design styles out there and finding your perfect one(s) might seem difficult at first. Therefore, you need to know what some main characteristics of each style are. For example, already mentioned modern, rustic chic and vintage are three top and most popular styles according to design experts, and these three represent all other styles and differences between them. In general, modern style is minimalistic in layout, with sleek furniture and other elements, statement accessories and bright colors. Rustic chic can have a lot of modern elements when it comes to décor, but there are still a lot more decorative pieces around, a lot of wood and nature-inspired elements and pastel colors. On the other hand, vintage style is characterized by bold, deep colors combined with a lot of intricate details reminiscent of old times, eras and different cultures.
Ask yourself for help
If you’re unsure what style would be perfect to complement your personality, simply ask yourself what your likes and dislikes are, and what are your general preferences in different aspects of your life - like fashion, for example. What’s more, you definitely have certain countries in mind when thinking about dream vacations, and this might happen to be due to the unique architecture and design characteristic for these places. Are there some books and movies that inspire you? In general, your whole life can serve as a great starting point for discovering your perfect home design style.

Other helpful means
In some cases, you might find your own preferences confusing and far from helpful when it comes to home styling. This is not a reason to worry, though, since there are many online quizzes that can assist you with your search. Also, there are numerous magazines and countless blog posts featuring different home styles, that are bound to prove useful when choosing your own décor trend. Basically, there’s a great deal of inspiration at your disposal.
Mix and match
Even though there are many styles that are called by one specific term and involve a set of characteristics, you don’t have to choose just one and most certainly don’t have to include everything that’s said that specific style involves. Actually, it’s even more rewarding and entertaining to mix and match aspects of different styles in order to make your home truly personal and unique. For example, if you like the modern minimalist style more than any other, but still want to break the plainness, big, bold and beautiful designer pots can be the perfect way to do so. Also, if you have strong appeal towards two or more completely different styles, you can take upon yourself the task of decorating each room in your home by rules of each of these particular styles. What’s more, you can make everything more toned down or more extravagant. For example, if you’ve decided that vintage is the right way to go, you can make it almost gothic like, with bunch of patterns and gothic details, or you can make things simpler by going for the retro vintage style. It’s all up to you.
It’s essential to stress the importance of following your own tastes and likes when looking for a décor style, as well as implementing it in your own home. It’s not necessary for anybody else to like it or approve it, as long as you’re absolutely happy with the environment you’re creating for yourself and your own comfort and pleasure.

*Emma B. Joyce is blogger based in Australia. She is a true home decor and DIY fanatic. Emma is interested in music and also is a big reading enthusiast. Finding new designs and patterns is her daily task. She got hooked on home accessories and decorations during her traveling and now cannot stop searching for new inspiration.

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