Interior: do you know your personal design style?

Modern, fun loving, warm: your home’s interior is a representation of your personality. So what does yours say about you? The rise of eclecticism in décor and the wealth of inspiration available to us online mean that defining your design style can be a challenge.

Do you know your personal interior style?

If you feel you haven’t settled on your personal home interior aesthetic just yet, keep these tips in mind. Whether you’re planning on rolling up your sleeves or calling in the professionals, here’s our interior design guide to help you find a decorating style that’s tailored to you.

Start where you stand

The easiest way to assess your preferences is by casting an eye around your current home interior design. Is there a specific theme that runs throughout? What works and what doesn’t? Pay attention to your most treasured objects – these could be as small as a nostalgic photo frame you’ve kept for years, or as integral as a piece of furniture you truly enjoy looking at. Consider what these items have in common. Are they minimalistic or ornate? Are they rooted in a particular era? Contemplate what they say about your taste, and centre the rest of your décor around them.

Embrace experimentation

Don’t let fear of the unknown prevent you from taking risks with your interior design. It’s easy to fall back on a neutral palette and matching furniture, but let your self-confidence guide you towards bolder choices.

Spend time deciding why you don’t appreciate certain items – as well as why you do. Perhaps you’re less keen on bold colours, clashing textures or particular shapes? Take what you’ve learnt and apply it the next time you purchase a piece.

Decide on your priorities

The aesthetics of a room often arise naturally from its function. For example, if you spend much of your time relaxing and reading in your living room, it’s likely to be warm and inviting, with soft plush furnishings and rich accents. If you use your dining room for entertaining on a weekly basis, it should be open, light and accommodating. Deciding on each room’s usage will help to focus your interior design efforts and ensure the end product fits seamlessly into your life.

Create a mood board

It’s easy to become sidetracked by the sheer amount of inspiration available online, especially on sites such as Pinterest. For a more manageable approach, why not create a physical moodboard? Peruse furniture stores for ideas, collect paint samples and browse home interior magazines until you have a tangible palette and style set to choose from.

Whether you’re preference is traditional and rustic or sleek and contemporary, we’ll help you discover your ideal home interior design at Engel & Völkers. Browse our website for more information on finding your decorating style or survey the luxury properties we have available for purchase or rent.

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