Self-expression is an avenue for you to get to know yourself better and for others to learn more about you. And what could be a better avenue for self-expression than designing your space to fit what you like? Be it an office space or the different rooms in your apartment, there are several ways in which interior decoration can help you make your spaces uniquely yours.
Whether we do it consciously or not, we always leave a mark on places we have been. Take this time to make sure that you leave a mark that distinctly shows people that you were there.
For some people, their style is something they’ve perfected over the years. This helps them know what they want when it comes to styling their own space. For others, figuring out what they want may not come so easy. But fear not! There are several popular furniture styles for you to choose from—ranging from sleek contemporary forms to the classic curves of the traditional style.
And if none of them seem to fit what you want, at least they can be a starting point for you to figure out what you do like and what you don’t like.
Color Your Life
There are many ways for you to express yourself through interior decoration but one starting point for decorating your space would be selecting the color of your room. This sets the mood and tone for people visiting your space. Do you lean more towards the dark and somber tones like navy blue, russet red, and charcoal gray? Or do you prefer lighter colors such as a bright cobalt blue, lime green, or sunny yellow?
Each of these colors affects people’s moods in different ways. Dark colors tend to give off a conservative and dignified mood while light colors have a contemporary and casual feel. Research and play around with what colors you would like for different areas at home.
Look for Inspiration
Sometimes you may feel stuck with what you have to work with. Most interior decor for homes and offices may have the same cookie-cutter neutral feel. In these cases, it’s best for you to look beyond the space you will be decorating and to seek inspiration. When you go out and travel—be it a couple of blocks down the street or halfway around the world—keep an eye out for the different ways establishments decorate their spaces. Take pictures of signature pieces or arrangements you like.
Not able to travel quite yet? Head on over to Pinterest or Instagram for ideas that will spark your creative side. Pay particular attention to features that catch your eye. You don’t have to copy a design to a tee, but just knowing what feel you want for your space will help a lot when it comes to selecting the furniture and accent pieces.
Choose Your Signature Pieces
Once you’ve figured out the concept you want for your space, it’s time to start putting the pieces together. Pick signature furniture pieces for your areas such as sofas, chairs, or industrial-type desks. Take note that these are pretty big furniture pieces. To make sure you don’t waste money buying something that doesn’t fit, make sure to take the measurements of your area before going shopping.
You want to make sure that the furniture you buy will be eye-catching but still be in sync with everything else in the room to allow for ease of movement. Remember, this is your space, and it should be centered around how you move. You shouldn’t be making adjustments to pieces of furniture simply because they’re too big or too clunky or too uncomfortable.
Display Your Treasures
Lastly, display any accent pieces that you have such as souvenirs you’ve brought from tropical vacations or heirlooms you’ve inherited. These make good centerpieces, along with any art pieces you’ve picked up over the years, and can be excellent conversation starters for when you’re entertaining guests. These pieces are what make your space unique and distinctly yours. If you’re not one to keep sentimental pieces lying around, you can consider purchasing accent pieces such as decorative bowls or vases, lamps, and even plants.
Anything that will mesh well with your design for your space. You can even put your hobbies up for display. Consider placing your musical instrument such as a violin or guitar on display somewhere in the room for easy entertainment whenever you feel like it.
At the end of the day, the way you decorate the spaces you occupy is all up to you. If you’re not exactly sure where to start, hopefully, the tips above will point you in the right direction. Whatever you decide to do, have fun!