With all of the picture-perfect home photos we see online today, it’s becoming hard to choose a theme we want for our homes. It’s as if it’s wrong to go for a style that goes against the aesthetic people are promoting online. As a result, we find it challenging to design homes that emanate our style and personality.
The truth is, you don’t have to follow the aesthetic craze most people are preaching. What matters is that you enjoy and like how your home looks. After all, no interior designer would rate your home for not looking like a home design catalogue. What we’re after in this article is to choose a style that works for you. One that you enjoy going home to and staying in after a long hard day.
If you’ve been struggling to navigate the style that would suit your home, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Let’s discuss some simple ways to choose a theme for your house.
1. Look around your home. You might just find style inspiration from your existing furniture and accent pieces.
Sometimes, what we’re looking for is just around the corner of our homes. Look at your furniture and see if any of them rings a bell of ideas. Maybe the wishbone chair in your dining area tells you to add more wooden designs to add more texture to your home. Or maybe going for a wooden theme is the style you’ve been eyeing for some time now.
Look at your accent pieces, the prints of your textiles, and even the pictures on your walls. You might find a style you don’t realise you like and often reach for when looking for home design pieces. Most of the time, the clues for what we’re looking for are just staring back at us.
So, before worrying about a new theme to incorporate into your home, look around your house first. Maybe an item that you bought years ago will spark a design style that would perfectly fit your home.
2. Then, specify which areas in your house you’re not happy with their styling and why?
After you scout your house, it’s time to identify the areas where you’re unhappy with their styling. Are you planning to redesign the entire house? Or are there just areas that do not go with the current theme of your home? If your answer to the latter question is yes, maybe, you don’t have to worry too much about looking for a new theme.
If you’re unhappy with the styling of one or two areas in your house, you can just redesign it to fit the theme of the rest of the house. Maybe changing the colour of your walls will do the trick. Or maybe, you just need an accent chair or wall art to alter the room’s aesthetic.
But if you truly believe that changing the entire theme of your house will satisfy you, then let’s move on to the next tip to keep you moving.
3. Browse home design magazines and vlogs to look for styling techniques.
Now that you’re 100% sure you want to restyle your entire house, it would be best to look for home design catalogues to help you. If you still don’t have a peg that you want for your home, maybe watching home design vlogs could help.
But here’s a disclaimer. Not everything you see online is real. In short, what may look perfect on screen may look completely different in real life. So, take everything you see with a grain of salt to avoid disappointment.
When you see a theme you like, I suggest rendering a picture of your house with the styling you’re eyeing. You don’t need to be a professional photo editor or artist to do that. You can just use a photo editor application to try them. If you’re not that familiar with this, you can just picture how a colour or furniture would look in the space of your home at this exact moment. That way, you get to visualise if the design would fit your area or not.
4. Start applying some changes gradually instead of changing everything all at once.
Once you see a theme you like from your scouting and watch history, it’s time to get to work. It can be tempting to work on your home restyling immediately. After all, isn’t that what you’re planning to do so? However, not everyone who redesigns their homes is happy with the results. Some regret changing everything all at once.
So, instead of redesigning the entire house all at once, I suggest working on the changes gradually. Why? Because when you work in phases, you get to think of other design ideas you can incorporate or redesign once you see the results. On top of that, it is cheaper to work on small changes gradually instead of the other way around.
It is a helpful tip, especially if you’re not 100% sure the theme you chose is what you truly want. It’s one way to prevent big regrets from happening, too. When you style your home gradually, you welcome alterations before they’re too costly to fix.
5. Don’t forget to add furniture and designs that showcase your interests and personality.
Today, it’s easy to see homes that look alike, from styling to architecture. It’s as if a standard exists to require all homes to look contemporary and minimalist. Unfortunately, the current home trends that people share drive them to mask expressing their personalities in their styling.
As a result, many people feel like they’re living in another people’s home instead of theirs. And so, when styling your home, don’t hesitate to add furniture and designs that showcase your interests. If you love elephants, don’t hesitate to cover one side of your wall with elephant wallpaper print.
It would be sad to live in a house where you don’t feel at home. The only way you can avoid that is by personalising it by expressing your interests in your styling.
Trial and error will eventually help you discover the theme you’re looking for in your home.
Hopefully, my tips will help you explore and discover the best theme for your home. The goal is to find a design that is enough to make you feel at home despite the weather. When in doubt, just go for it. Remember that trial and error will eventually help you discover the theme that suits your home seamlessly.
About the author:
Bianca Banda is a writer for Where Saints Go U.K., an eclectic online furniture company that provides unique, beautiful, and quality pieces of furniture at affordable prices.