The renovation bug has hit hard in Australia, with an increasing number of people sprucing up their living spaces to create a stylish feel. With television shows such as The Block and House Rules gaining popularity, it isn’t hard to see why! While some are loving this renovation revival, others are struggling to find their own style.
Following trends can make it feel like you are living in someone else’s space. And while these television shows are a great source of inspiration, often contestants are condemned for displaying styles that are unique but off-trend. Here are four ways to find your own style, and express yourself through your interior decor. Whether this be in your home, office, or any other space!
Prior to beginning any piece of art, it is important to create a solid foundation. If this is not done, then any other work may not reach its full potential. Observe your space and take note of anything that requires fixing such as plumbing, cracks in the walls or mould. You may also want to upgrade things at this stage, as it will be easier to do so at an earlier time, and may change how you view your space.
For example, changing the colour of your walls will completely freshen up a room, and create a different vibe. Similarly, altering the flooring with not only add value to your home, but also change the feel of the space. Finally, consider replacing any worn out furniture, and other items such as curtains or blinds. Now that our canvas is prepped, we can continue!
Next, we need inspiration. While you may have ideas about what you want, it is still worth researching what others have done in the past. Not only will this allow you to visibly see the result, but tips may be provided that can make your experience much easier than those before you. If you are lacking ideas, scan Pinterest and see what others are doing.
Pick and choose what you like, and don’t pay too much attention to trends. Not only do these change frequently, but they also may conflict with your own sense of style. Your space is meant to be an expression of who you are and what you like, not what IKEA thinks you should like. Think about what you liked in your childhood home, or your favourite cafe. Draw inspiration from places you want to travel, or smells and textures you’ve always loved. Have fun with it and get creative!
This is a simple tip that will not only make your space appear unique, but will also allow it to be altered easily. Accents are considered small focal points within a room, and are used to draw the eye in and direct it to certain areas. Accents may appear in jewellery to highlight intricate details, or in architecture for the same purpose.
Regarding the art of interior design, these accents can be placed in a very simple space in order to invoke a certain feeling. If the space around them is simple, they can be easily swapped out or altered to invoke a different feeling. These accents can be a vase, brightly coloured flowers or a textured rug. This is a great way to express yourself in your home, as styles change over time. It will allow your space to grow as you do without excessive cost.
Everybody knows that renovation is expensive, so set out a plan before you start to avoid a spending frenzy. Make a list of everything that needs to be done. Put them in order of priority rather than cost, as it is important to focus on what needs to be done before considering unnecessary luxuries. Once you have a list, set a budget that you can stick to. Make sure to account for anything that may go wrong, and understand that there may be added costs to certain things. You may need to update this budget as you go.
So, there we have it, four ways to express yourself through interior decorating. Get creative and remember to have fun. Good luck!