Finding the right type of interior design is a process that often involves looking for inspiration from other designs or homes. One of the most popular brands for interior designs, Shabby Chic was founded by Rachel Ashwell to produce an aesthetic of “beauty, comfort, and function”. The brand’s unique mismatched look of old-and-new has inspired many homeowners’ interior design ideas because it can be classy, comfortable and cost-effective.
Interior Design Style Ideas
One of the most important aspects of any interior home design plan is including originality and personality so that it really feels like home. Choosing a particular style or brand of interior design, such as Shabby Chic, Modern or Vintage will only work if it feels right for the people living there.
Considering what elements of style to include in, and being selective, will make any interior design feel more like home, and less like a catalog bought idea. A few things that may make up a design that combines shabby and chic decor include:
- A mix of old and new items: Pairing things like an old lamp with a new dresser or new china set with an old tablecloth adds personality to the design and makes it original.
- Contrasts in fabrics, textures, and materials: Lace curtains in a room with leather upholstery, metallic objects on a wooden surface or mosaic artwork against a bare background are examples of contrasts that can add to the appeal.
- Creative use of objects: Using an old watering can as a flower pot, a vintage chair as a bedside table or a tasteful glass bottle as a vase creates a unique lookout of normally mundane home features.
Interior design should ultimately reflect the individual home, so researching brands and styles to find what to include will help make the style more personal.
Once the style elements are chosen, sourcing décor may become part of the plan. By combining old with new, a lot of furniture already owned can be included in the décor, making it less expensive and time-consuming to redecorate.
Rather than starting from scratch, it can often be better to try and complement what is already in the home when looking for new décor. If there is a lot of modern furniture, for example, going to garage sales, flea markets and thrift or antique stores can uncover classic pieces to include in the design. For a home that feels a little shabbier already, more modern homewares can be bought for contrast.
Regardless of the current state of a home’s interior, the important thing is to find objects that appeal and can be added into the design. For some people, it might be a few trinkets and ornaments or some artwork, and for others, it might be a creative process using stencils, painting or dying to get the right look. Whatever the process, the outcome should be an interior design that feels like home.