Decorating your home is an exciting project, but before you start splattering the walls with paint and investing in new artwork there are a few things you need to do first. It’s easy to get carried away picking out colour samples and carpet swatches, but there’s no point in making any big decisions until you’ve decided on the style you want to achieve.
With interior design styles constantly evolving there are plenty to choose from and you may find you fit two or three different categories. But this isn’t a fruitless exercise, as working out which styles suit you best will make it easier to narrow down your choices and help you design your ideal home. Here are some popular design styles and a few tips on how to choose which is the best fit for you.
Popular décor styles for 2022
Transitional design is predicted to be popular in 2022. Fusing classic elegance with clean modern lines and fabrics, accessories are kept minimal with transitional styles, allowing the furniture and textiles to shine.
Bohemian styles are making a comeback in 2022. Bohemian style is described as a free-spirited aesthetic combined with different cultures and artistic expressions to create a quirky but relaxed vibe.
Also expected to be popular in 2022 is modern interior design. Inspired by the mid-20th century, modern décor typically features clean lines and sleek surfaces like metal, chrome and glass. Décor is kept to a minimum, with fewer ornamental pieces and just some artwork to decorate the space.
So, how do you determine which style is best for you?
Check out your wardrobe
If you’re unsure of your personal style, take a look at what’s in your wardrobe. Chances are, the clothes you wear will be a similar style to your preferred home décor. For example, if your wardrobe mainly consists of light colours and soft, feminine fabrics like lace and broderie anglaise, a sweet, romantic feel could be ideal for your interior design.
Your clothes can also give you an idea of the kind of styles you don’t like. For example, if you tend to wear very colourful clothes or eye-catching jewellery, you may find a room painted in neutral colours is a bit too bland for your taste. This isn’t a set rule, but it can be a great starting point, especially if you’re new to interior design.
Create a vision board
Many people find it difficult to put the style they want to achieve into words. If that’s the case for you, creating a vision board is a great solution. Look through interior design shots online and add any pieces which reflect your desired style to your board.
You can easily create a digital vision board using an app like Pinterest, though if you prefer to take the old school route, a homemade collage works just as well. Creating a vision board of all your favourite looks will make it easier to see which style appeals to you, as well as help you choose the perfect accessories and furniture to furnish your home in a style you love.
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