Observe the world around you to find inspiration. What objects in nature are you drawn to? You might be inspired by a trip to a tropical paradise or want to create the feel of an English manor. You may be surprised how simple it can be to bring your own personal style to your home.
Some people will develop a style preference based on their childhood home. Others will be inspired through television programs, magazine articles, decorator showhouses or design showrooms.
The feeling you get from your home can change dramatically depending on the colors you bring into it. Color adds interest and vitality instantly. Or it can help to create a soothing mood.
Since furniture is often a large expense whether you’re starting fresh or starting over, shop until you find pieces you will admire each time you see them. When my daughter moved into her new home, she needed a comfy sofa for her family room. She chose a gorgeous cranberry sectional, and has added accents of the same color throughout other rooms in her home. It also works well with Christmas decorations.
You’ve probably been drawn to particular styles of art in stores, restaurants or museums. Do you know what it is about the art that particularly attracts you? Do you want to live with it? Maybe you’ve been fortunate to collect some original artwork throughout the years.
Whether you use live plants or silk greenery, the effect is almost the same. I know people who wouldn’t dream of using artificial plants and flowers. But I also know that dead real plants don’t look too great!
I love charming Santas and delicate angels. Do you have a special collection of things you love? You probably enjoy the process of adding new pieces over time. Precious coins, toy trains, fine crystal and other collections don’t need to collect dust in boxes. Find a place to display them in your home.
Do you have a great idea for a themed room? What are your hobbies or interests?