The Commonwealth Blog

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Choosing the Right Design Theme for Your Home

Do Your Research

The process of transforming your home into your own personal paradise starts with research. Before painting the entire house or purchasing expensive love seats and lamps, shop around a little. By exploring your options, you’ll feel more confident with your final design decisions. During the investigation phase, you may also find your taste in things has changed.

Allow yourself time here to figure out what styles and accent piece accurately reflect your personality. Waking up to a room you love matters and contributes to your overall well-being. So, research different styles to best understand what inspires your inner designer. Home sites like Houzz or HGTV may be a good place to start.

Marry Design with Function

After you’re through researching and looking for design inspiration, you probably have a good idea of the kind of home décor that will fill your space. Just make sure all design elements reflect your taste and are functional.

Functionality is especially key: Furniture, lighting, and accessories should strategically be placed throughout the house to make everyday activities easy – and even mindless. No one wants to stumble over pieces placed inconveniently in front of walkways or alongside beds and sofas, making your climb out of bed a little more irksome.

The right furniture placed in appropriate places also offers inspiration. If you’re a writer and need a quiet place to focus, invest in a large desk to be placed in an office or bedroom, and use neutral-colored paints to evoke a sense of serenity. If you consider yourself to be minimalist at heart, opt for less furniture and clutter and more organization. Subtle paint and simple décor will also work well here – you won’t be distracted by the many colors and decorations others find necessary for creating the perfect space.

Ultimately, if a piece of furniture, artwork, or décor doesn’t serve a unique function or inspire you, there’s no need to keep it in your home. Pick and choose your things wisely – you’ll feel more content residing in a space that’s fine-tuned to your lifestyle and personality.

Invest in Quality Pieces

Sometimes, the best pieces are ones that are long-lasting. It’s important to use home décor items you love but that will last a long time too. When shopping for new pieces make sure to keep in mind price points and quality. You don’t have to spend all your savings to find something nice – just make sure you’re getting what you pay for. If you want to save money with DIY projects, visit local thrift stores. They house more affordable brand-name pieces and can be refurbished to your liking.

Take Your Time

Don’t rush into things. You’ll likely have your home for a while longer and can afford to let your ideas soak in a while. This way, you won’t regret any decisions and you can more confidently see what will and will not work in your space as you continue to make every nook and cranny your own. Plus, decorating is fun and rewarding – why not make the process last longer for your own amusement? Whatever approach you take just remember this: Deciding on design elements that suit your unique personality and everyday activities ensure your comfort and happiness.

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