Are you thinking about renovating your home? Maybe you don’t know where to start? Are you feeling that familiar feeling of “I need a change” but don’t know what you want to change to? It happens to everyone.
That’s what we’re here to solve. We have a breakdown of some of the most popular interior design styles at the moment, and how you can implement them into your home.
There are a lot of minimalist styles out there, but they can feel very cold. A lot of people look at the white and empty spaces and feel like they’re in a showroom. A good way of avoiding this is to try the Asian minimalist approach.
Every Asian interior design style has a deep appreciation of nature in it, and it is no different from minimalism. You can inject some warmth into minimalism for a deep love of nature. You could have a DIY project so that you can incorporate yourself and nature together into your home very directly.
Take colours, for example. You don’t have to go with white everything. It’s simplest to go with a white backdrop, but as long as your colour is simple, i.e. without a pattern, you can go for burnt orange, forest green, deep blues and anything else that evokes the elements.
As for everything else: make sure to incorporate nature where you can. Wooden chairs, leather sofas, and of course a water feature. Incorporate candlesticks as your only focal point and make sure any art is made to evoke nature.
When it comes to house styles, sometimes your interior look is dictated by the type of house you live in, and this is somewhat the case with the farmhouse style. You don’t necessarily have to live on a farm to use the farmhouse style, but a farmhouse would look a little odd with art deco inside, for example.
People can fall into a trap with farmhouses, however. It can feel inauthentic due to the fact that most of us don’t tend to live in a farmhouse, so getting it right comes down starting from the ground up.
Get rid of the “Live laugh love” or any other words farmhouse style items and aim for subtle. Reclaimed wood beams and furniture, find items from charity and thrift stores, the farmhouse sink, etc. And if you have the means, go the whole hog. Don’t get a chicken coop sign, get a chicken coop.
Unlike a lot of these options, art deco is unapologetically about luxury. You’re looking for bold, drama and manmade. Art deco is one of the few styles that put manmade at the centre.
It’s a style that not just lends itself to but almost demands bold colour. Jewel tones, in particular, themselves an indication of luxury, are usually paired with gold accents, be it furniture handles, decorative items or patterns in your wallpaper. Contrast, symmetry, and deep hues are what you’re looking for.
Speaking of wallpaper, art deco particularly loves geometric patterns, and one way you can incorporate them is with wallpaper. But, learning the lessons we have since the roaring 20’s when Art Deco was big, you can apply them to only one wall as an accent wall so as to not overpower the room.
As you can imagine, minimalist is the exact opposite of minimalist. They are bound to attract two very different people. If your roommate likes minimalist, while you like maximalism, you might need to look into Craigslist for a new home.
However, there is something in common between the two: nature. You’re likely to see a lot of art in a maximalist home, but also a lot of plants. It’s like a calling card.
Another calling card is to obviously fill every empty space, however, there are rules to make sure that you don’t have a home that induces a headache every time you walk into it. For one thing, you’re not actually filling every space with patterns and objects. Despite its name, it’s really a matter of balance and getting away from minimalism.
Another thing is to think about your colour palette. Keep your colours to a shortlist of 4 or 5 colours so that you’re not overwhelmed.
Replicate them in your items in various ways. For example, you can use accent wallpaper as a basis for the colours you’re looking to reinforce and bring them out in the upholstery, lamps, objects, etc.
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