Tuesday, 27 September 2011

How to create your own interior style

Six steps to creating your perfect interior style

The way you style your home is personal to you and needs to work with the way you choose to live your life and those who share it with you. Not all of us feel confident when choosing how to style our homes, so for those of you who would like a little guidance here‘s a plan to help you on your way.

1. Create your Style File
·        *  Get inspired by all the things around you, inspiration is everywhere you look; magazines, art, fashion, nature … rip out the page, take a photo or get a sample of it and  
·         *   Keep it all together, file it in a lever arch, pin it to an online album (I recommend www.pinterest.com although be warned, once you start pinning you’ll find it hard to stop!) or box it. File it however suits you best and once you’ve collected a good selection of things that inspire you
·         *   Create your style by going through and categorising it. It’s likely that common themes will run throughout. Break it down and find out what colours and styles you are naturally drawn to.

Admittedly if you take this approach, it’s won’t happen overnight but believe me it’s worth the effort. Why? Because you’ll always have your Style File to refer to and when you start making big decisions i.e. which sofa to buy, if you can’t trust your instincts, this Style File will be your guide.

2. Assess your belongings

·         *   Go around your house and evaluate everything you own; furniture, lights, accessories, frames, cushions, absolutely everything.
·        *   Think about each item and decide whether to keep or get rid of it. Consider whether repainting or reupholstering it would give it a new lease of life. Be ruthless and sort out what you love or loathe.
·        *   Now measure the big items and cut out roughly to-scale outlines of them.

3. Work out a floor plan
·       *   The simplest and most effective restyles are often the ones that use furniture and furnishings from other rooms within a house. A clunky looking table in one room might be the perfect missing piece in another.
 *    Draw a simple outline of the rooms you plan to restyle and move your cut-outs around it until you find a layout that you like. When doing so consider any features you’d like to accentuate, areas to conceal, views and remember furniture in 2D looks smaller than in 3D. No one layout is perfect, make compromises and you’ll find the one that works best for you.  

4.  Give yourself a budget

           Everything considered you may think you need to spend lots of money to achieve your new look. This is why it’s important to be realistic about the cost of furniture and furnishings and what you are trying to achieve. 
           * Do you want to buy everything in one go to get it all done?
           * Would you rather take time to collect pieces over time?
·       *  Write a wish-list of all the stuff you would like and allocate a budget (with contingency!) and then


5. Look, research & discover
·         Get out and about; go into the shops you love and ones you’ve never entered before.
Look at books and magazines, get on the internet and check out retailer websites to see what is available within your budget
       * There are countless blogs online that you can also read that are packed with information 
·       *   Ask your friends and family where they shop.
·       *   Immerse yourself fully and then add all of your swatches, samples and cut-outs to your Style File.

6. Get creative & make a mood board
This has to be one of the most fun parts of the process. It’s time to get out the scissors and glue (release your inner child!) and for each room you want to restyle, make a mood board with the contents of your Style File. 

·         Refer back to what you did earlier and create your board based on the furniture and accessories you already have and what you need to buy.
·        *   You know your style, you know your budget and you know your floor plan. This step brings everything together on one (big) board so you can see how your look comes together. How exciting!

One last point, before you get your wallet out and hit the shops, it will save you time and stop you from feeling overwhelmed by the task in hand, if you write down a list of what you need to do, what you need to buy and in what order. This way you can tick off each job as it’s done and when the room is complete you can sit back, relax and feel proud of how you achieved your own interior style.

Have fun and if you’d like any advice or have any questions, please get in touch, I’d love to hear from you x

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