Interior decorating with added personal touches to your home doesn’t need to be a complex pursuit. It starts simply with a desire to showcase your personality, and to feel positively and safe in your space. By doing so it can result in being an act of self-expression and self-affirmation if you bring things that are meaningful into your living space, allowing yourself to connect with your authenticity and style. Here are some suggestions to follow.
Brainstorm your ideas and inspiration
Consider the things that inspire you, whether it be nature, people, travel, culture, art, curiosities, and hobbies. Whatever those things may be, showcasing them in your home can bring your place to life in your own unique way. Establishing a vision for your space, writing down your ideas, and creating a visual mood board are some ways to spark some creativity within yourself. Gain a clear understanding of the elements that you want to integrate more into your home environment and you might be surprised to find yourself gravitating to things that resonate with you more easily.
Accent with your favorite colors
If you’re starting with a calming, neutral canvas to work with, you can inject a dash of color into your decor with a colorful piece of wall art, accessories, or throw pillows. The key to this is balance. Remember that the eye will gravitate to accent pieces, so adhere to a ten percent guideline when it comes to your accent colors to avoid overdoing it. When in doubt, consult with your interior designer to establish the right color palette that suits your taste.
Bring botanicals into your home
Bringing outdoor elements inside is a quick and easy way to stamp personality into your home. Adding plants is always a good idea when trying to make a room feel friendlier, more inviting, and more like a permanent living solution. There are many different options you can experiment with, whether it be a low-maintenance succulent, a vase of wildflowers, a blooming bouquet, potted herbs or wild jungle-like botanicals. How you display your chosen plants can also convey a message about you. For instance, you can create a mini terrarium, choose a minimalist pot, or use a statement vase. The possibilities are endless!
Mix and match the new and old
There’s no need to feel any pressure to accessorize with all newly-made pieces to keep a contemporary aesthetic. In fact, some objects with the most character can be found in antique markets or even in your grandmother’s closet! While vintage objects and antique furniture can be a source of daily inspiration and uniqueness, the trend is here to stay. When looking for these types of items, search for things that spark your personal interest that are made of good quality materials and are in mint condition. Place of origin and history can be a great factor in making choices as well.
Take your time.
You may feel a sense of urgency, especially when moving to a new home, to feel like you have completed decorating and furnishing. There is no real rush to do so when it comes to adding your own personal flair. Collect pieces that you may come across in your travels, daily whereabouts, or local art shows, so that the things you stop to consider purchasing could be more meaningful to you. Patience and time rather than rushing to buy things will lead you to better overall choices and recognition of the things that resonate with you.