Designing your own space can be so exciting, but also very overwhelming. I remember decorating my 1st home and telling everyone that my style was very eclectic, but in reality I now realize that I didn’t really have a clear style or vision at all! As I mentioned in a previous post, when I had the opportunity to redesign our space, I wanted to make sure my design style was very clear and that it connected and flowed throughout the house.
The key I feel to a good design space is having each room in your house connect in some way. Either with the paint color, furniture or decor themes. For our house we choose to go with the same color on the walls throughout the house. Our choice was Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore. This helped to create a neutral palette in our home, so that we had the freedom to add color with decor and furniture. Plus this provides you with the flexibility to change your style easily in the future by switching out furniture and/or decor.
Design Style Theme
So what is the first step when designing your space? I would suggest that you pick your design style theme first. Take some time to go through pictures in home magazines, or images on Pinterest and other web browser sites. There are so many different design theme styles. Once you have in mind your design theme, then you can begin to choose your colors, furniture, layout and decor elements.
My design style theme is modern farmhouse. I wanted to create a space where it did not feel cluttered and instead was light, simple and included lots of modern farmhouse touches. Modern farmhouse has become more recently popular due to it’s contemporary take on a older rustic style. Bringing in cozy blankets and wood accent pieces adds warmth and the contemporary modern farmhouse style theme. I love to add in texture with faux fur blankets and accent pillows. My favorite trick for pillows and a way to save money when you want to change out the colors or style, is to keep your pillows and just order new covers. Plus when you have pillow covers with zippers, you can take them off for easy cleaning!
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Decorating your Space to Match your Design Style
After you choose your design style theme, the fun begins! Choose your paint color(s). Once you have your paint picked out then start to choose your furniture. This is where I decided to add my color, since my wall paint was very neutral. I went with navy and gray and then brought in warm tones with the wood floor and various natural wood furniture and decor pieces. Many times when I am designing a space, I may find one item that is my inspiration for the whole space. Such as a simple pillow or picture that you want to display. Once something inspires you, go with it and collect other decor items as you go along.
One thing to remember is, you do not need to rush to buy items just to finish a room. Take your time. It is OK if your room is not completed all at once. Let your vision and style grow. What is more important is to love every piece that you add to your space. Have fun and enjoy simply decorating!