It’s no secret that our homes are reflections of ourselves. They’re havens, safe places where we can relax and be ourselves without judgment. It’s important to take the time to decorate them in a way that makes us feel good.
There’s no rulebook on how your home should be decorated, it’s your space. You deserve to do what makes you feel comfortable and create a place that you like waking up in and looking forward to coming home to.
With a wide array of options, it’s easy to slip into analysis paralysis; unsure of where to start and what to start with. There are a few ways to get the creative juices flowing.
There may be a few styles that you enjoy; tasteful pieces and design types that you would consider in your home, but there’s only one artistic concept that you love — that’s your aesthetic.
Defining the style of your home is a great way to start your decoration process. What color scheme would you like? Warm or cool tones? Earthy and eclectic, or mid-century and modern?
There may be shapes or motifs that you enjoy; natural materials, geometric prints, clean lines, interesting focal points, or soft curves. You might find a pattern that you want on the walls or fabric that you prefer for furniture pieces.
Take it room by room. Choose the most pressing room first like the living room or the nursery if you have a baby on the way. Don’t try to design your entire house in one sitting. The best things come together slowly.
There can be the pressure that comes with filling your space; you’ll want to make it palatable to others or complementary to a type of lifestyle you believe you should be leading. But your home is meant to be a place where you feel safe.
It should be kindred to you, your interests, and your spirit. Your space should make you feel empowered.
Select pieces for your home that spark those feelings.
There are many directions that you can take your decorating project in, but starting with a core aesthetic will help guide the rest of your decisions.
Inspiration comes from many places. You can find it in a photo of your favorite artist’s home, an Instagram hashtag, or the way that you feel when walking into your best friend’s place for the first time. There are no rules to making a vision board — what matters is that it speaks to you.
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Collect several photos and upload them to a digital template or print them out and add them to a poster board. There are plenty of social media apps and google searches you can do to find the decor style that you like.
The goal of your vision board is to create a collage that can serve as the focal point for your design, allowing you to work off of it and create a cohesive space. Don’t rush this process, there’s no timeframe on curating your dream home.
Feel free to change up the design or adjust things once they’re out in front of you. You may find new pieces along the way and decide that some of those items work better for other areas of your space.
Once you’ve identified your aesthetic and made a vision board for reference, it will be much easier to start shopping around for pieces that fit into the overall look and feel of your dream space.
Work from the bottom up. You can attend different estate sales to browse vintage or discounted pieces. There are overstock warehouses and online sellers that offer negotiable prices for their items.
Department stores should be your next stop. Places like Walmart, Target, Macy’s, and other establishments offer simple, reliable furniture for reasonable rates.
If you want to invest in brand-new furniture, there are plenty of local and online retailers who can accommodate your design needs. Some even offer custom options that allow you to create the pieces that fit into your space perfectly.
The beauty of this process is that it’s all about finding what works for you; what makes you happy and what makes your space truly feel like a home.
Once you have the essentials in place, start accessorizing. Add plants, artwork, and any other knickknacks that make you feel good. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different looks. If something doesn’t work, it can always be removed or replaced.
Your home should reflect your personality. You can show people who you are what you love through your choices.
Creating a dream space can be intimidating, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. You’re building a safe haven; you should do so diligently, with all the care and love that you pour into your life and your passions.
Follow these tips to get started and don’t be afraid to make changes as you go. Trust your intuition, it will never steer you wrong.