When you want to transform a space, getting started is the hardest part. Defining your personal style can feel overwhelming. With the overwhelming magazines and Pinterest boards. Where do you even begin?
I want to walk you through what I do when I sit down with first time clients, breaking down the process with them so that we can pinpoint their individual style. This is a little guide with some tips and tricks thrown in to make the whole process a little less stressful.
Begin by breaking down what you’re looking at. When you sift through the magazines and Pinterest boards, what are the specific elements of each picture that attract you, or put you off? What do you like about specific colours, hate about certain fabrics? What do you think of that architectural detail, that floorboard?
Get into the nitty gritty and out it together to get a bigger picture of what you prefer in a space.
Let Your Lifestyle do the Talking
Consider what you want to USE your space for, and figure out what your long term intentions for a room are. Is it an area used to host, is it more casual? Will it always be used as one kind of space, or could it change later on?
Consider these different factors as you consider elements of style that might play into your lifestyle!
Talk the Talk
Terms can be thrown around a lot so it’s good to have a clear idea of what exactly people mean with these three big words: Modern, contemporary, and traditional.
If you’re a minimalist, no clutter design is something you envision for your space, you probably have modern taste. There’s a lot of openness, and airiness to this style.
If you lean more towards the classic furniture outlines with less minimalism and a lot more moldings and wall fixtures, you probably have more traditional style. This feels a lot more old-world.
If you think you sit somewhere in between these two extremes, you have a more contemporary style. This is like a sandwich between the modern and the traditional, where there is more added warmth.
That being said, there are tons of sub-categories flying in between these three general terms, so find your niche! Does farmhouse chic attract you, or retro, or even French country? Find your niche and run with it – and make it yours!
Finding your style will give you a lot more peace than frustration during the design process, even with all the information overload. Take a deep breath, delve into madness, and pay attention to what tickles your fancy! Design is all about freedom and creativity, so run wild, and don’t stress too much!
Are you looking to completely reno and transform your space? Ensure the careful smart planning you need from day one, and contact Dvira Interiors! We look forward to incorporating our vision, scope, technical expertise and industry connections to make your home’s design/build experience as positive and rewarding as possible.