Choosing the right home decor is highly specific to every individual, and often, our home decor will change at different stages of our lives.
For example, hand-me-down couches from our parents and our grandparents’ bed and dresser set might have worked well right out of college, but as a new homeowner you’re probably considering making some changes.
But where do you start?
Let’s start with the basics…
What is your style? Have you identified what appeals to you?
There are many styles out there, such as Eclectic, Mid-Century Modern, or Farmhouse Style to name a few.
However, the choices can be overwhelming, so perhaps it can help to consider the four main overarching styles when it comes to home decor.:
Home decor that is casual brings warmth and comfort to your surroundings. This is achieved through rustic elements, soft furniture, rectangular elements and textured fabrics.
In terms of structure, think high ceilings, lots of crown moulding, tall windows and columns. Decorative trim, antiques and imported rugs are some elements that fit this style well.
A modern look that keeps up with current trends. Typically, this will include things such as neutral colors, structural elements and furniture that’s smooth and geometric in design.
A traditional look will have well-balanced and symmetrical elements. When you compare this look to some of the most recent trends, you’ll discover that the new “look” is simply a revamping of yesterday’s trends.
Use the world as your template
Once you’ve picked out a style, consider adopting influences from across the globe.
French Country Style – think mixed patterns, chandeliers, ivory, symmetrical chairs and a pop of color.
Tuscan style – Wood, natural stone, terracotta, copper and earthy colors would all be seen in a home decorated in this style.
Choose a theme
You can choose different themes for each room, but you will want different elements that will complement each other.
In other words, you want each room to stand on its own, but the overall look should create a cohesive whole.
For example, you don’t want cottage for let’s say in one room and modern chic in another…talk about a jolt to your nervous system!
Think about color
You don’t have to have everything in one particular color.
For inspiration, search online for a color wheel. This tool will help you find colors that do well together and give you color choices that you might not have considered before.
Think about fabrics and materials
Fabrics and materials make up a large share of a room’s design. Not only are we talking furniture, window coverings and floors, but you can create a truly unique look for your home using fabric and other soft materials such as pleather or faux fur.
For example, a beautiful rug works great as a floor covering, but it can also create a stunning wall feature as well.
Light it up!
Finally, think about the way you light up your room(s).
Think about the height of your ceilings. This will be an important factor if you opt for hanging lights. As a rule of thumb, the bottom of a light should hang anywhere from 12 to 20 inches below a standard 8-foot ceiling. If your ceilings are taller, add 3 inches per additional foot.
If your hanging lights will be over a table (e.g. kitchen table or island) the recommended distance grows to 28 to 34 inches, however the size of the light makes a difference.
Generally, smaller lights can be hung lower than larger lights.
Don’t limit your lighting options to downlights, however. Wall sconces and upward pointing ambient lighting can add warmth and elegance to any style of home decor.