Personalization is the buzzword when it comes to purchasing trends, with around 80% of consumers more likely to purchase a product that offers them personalized experiences. The penchant for customization is present in an array of industries ranging from fashion to home décor.
In both these sectors, ‘matchy matchy’ and standardized products and services are a thing of the past and this age of diversity expresses itself in eclecticism in home design.
If you are designing a new home or you wish to give your current home a new look, the following tips will help ensure that everywhere you look, there is an expression of who you are and of the things in life that you value.
Working Out Your Style
It is always a good idea to look through architecture and design magazines so you can identify your preferred style and details. Simply heading to the shops unprepared can result in the purchase of trending items that may go out of style in a few years or that do not truly gel with your idea of style and comfort.
Ask yourself key questions such as whether you like prints or plain styles, vivid or neutral hues, traditional or modern pieces, busy or minimalistic design. Try to recall beautiful hotel rooms you have stayed in, friends’ homes that caught your eye, or furniture items or artworks that ignited your inspiration.
If you collect artistic sculptures, art pieces, or beautiful photographs, find a way to display your collection in common areas. If you have dozens or hundreds of small décor pieces (think shells, artistic wine or Champagne glasses, or vintage radios, think of expanding these collections and making them the central piece of anything from your hallway to your family den or even your living room.
In-built cabinets spanning an entire wall are ideal, though flatter collectors’ pieces (think mosaic art, artisan plates, or picture frames of all sizes and materials) can be hung directly on an empty wall.
Families that love film, TV and streaming platforms usually love nothing more than huddling together on the sofa before a sizable HD TV. When looking for the perfect sofa, practicality should be paramount. This means that you may have to forego that chic Chesterfield you always wanted and instead opt for a comfy L- or double-L shaped sofa you can use to nap in between your viewing experiences as well.
Of course, you can always opt for a large sofa and prop a beautiful Chesterfield chaise lounge next to it. To jazz up a simple sofa, get creative with soft cushions of various sizes and shapes, frame your sofa with cool plants and lighting features, and add color and texture with thick, plush blankets in materials like knit, sherpa, or fleece.
These features come in especially handy during the colder months, too; they create a cozy, inviting, and warm atmosphere for your family. And, if you’re a pet owner, items like soft blankets and pillows will help your pets feel comfortable and cozy throughout the winter.
Meaningful Family Items
You may have inherited an old Georgian or Edwardian desk from past generations or you may have always been attracted to a unique furniture item or accessory belonging to a beloved family member. If so, invest time in bringing the piece back to life via cleaning, polishing, repainting, and the like.
Antique items make perfect signature pieces in modern spaces, blending in perfectly even in minimalist and industrial-style interiors. Don’t be shy about mixing metals either. If you have a beautiful pendant light in warm copper and a mirror in gilded gold, feel free to place them close to each other or on opposite sides of the room, as desired.
In this day and age of remote work, many people are spending more time at home than ever. It is vital to ensure that your home is an oasis of comfort and beauty — one that truly appeals to your sense of fashion and style.
Once you know what style you love, see how any collections you have could fit in and think of the perfect spot for restored or top condition antiques and heirlooms. Ensure that whatever choices you make are practical as well as beautiful, so that the spaces you design continue to appeal to you for many years to come.