The main factor when designing your home is to know your style. Many people have no clue what to call their style. But it's good to know special terms and names used in the design industry because it will make your decorating projects so much easier.
If you like dark wood furniture with few details, than you might like traditional-styled pieces. However, if you prefer open spaces, sharp lines and light colors, than you just might be a minimalist. Both styles are very far from each other on the design scale.
Consider, though, that styles can come together. Yes, you can mix them up, but it has to be done well so that everything converges in a well-rounded manner, not with bits and pieces sticking out like sore thumbs.
It's not as hard as you may think.
First, get to know a few main groups of design. They are easily recognizable and you will find them in most people's homes.
Elements of traditional design consist of a mix of dark and light colors, dark woods, tailored and refined furniture, decorative molding, symmetrical layouts and a classic feel. Neutrals such as browns, blues, greens and reds are typical and patterns like plaids, toile, florals and simple textures make up most accessories.
You can find traditional pieces for your home and oodles of accessories at Pier 1 Imports on East Park Avenue. Benchmark Carpets should also have a nice selection of different styled rugs and carpets.
Modern vs. Contemporary
Many people think that these two styles are the same when in fact they aren't. Modern elements are somewhat close to traditional themes but a bit more simplified, and typically included square and oval tables, non-decorative furniture, simple textures and more streamlined layouts.
On the other hand, contemporary design is much more experimental, with its wide-open spaces, functional furniture, sleek shapes, light colors and the use of metallics. Contemporary designers often use white colors to bounce light around and to allow certain colors to pop. Larger, oversized pieces of artwork are popular feature as well.
The vintage style can go in a few directions, according to your home’s period of style. If you like the 1940s and ’50s, than having a diner style kitchen with reds and light blues makes sense. If the ’60s and ’70s appeals to you, then your home will look completely different. Think retro pieces with pops of color — very mod. Check out All New York Windows and Doors on Curley Street to see if they have vintage-inspired pieces.
However, going back much further, to the 1800s, is yet another completely different look. Colonial and post-war design pieces are fairly simple, like traditional, but have a more rustic and worn feel. Think farmhouse and you’ve captured it. Another style you can consider is Victorian. Highly detailed and ornamental, this style appears much like dollhouses, that is, feminine and graceful.
Visit Jan Fabrications on Neptune Boulevard for custom window treatments and home decor. Having unique pieces in your home really makes a difference. Stop by Tara Upholstery to view their portfolio on antique restoration and custom upholstery.
This style describes art created in the 20th century, roughly between the 1930s and 1970s. It was influenced by Scandinavian design — hello IKEA! —and represents modern developments in art, product design and architecture. Experimenting with color, texture and organic shapes, this movement paved the way for modern and contemporary style.
When accessorizing a room, think out of the box. Try looking for fabrics at clothing stores to find unique patterns and textures. Visit Salvage Chic on East Park Avenue and check out their colorful and vintage selection.
So if you’ve discovered your style, do some research to find as many examples of it as possible. I suggest that you keep a stylebook so you have an organized collection of things you love. Once you have that you can start mixing certain elements and really have fun.
Also, keep in mind that your dream house doesn't have to be perfect. In fact, you will always make improvements to your environment, and as you get older your tastes could change. But while we are in the present, surround yourself with elements that say you. Your space should define who you are and showcase what inspires you. Only then will it continue to give back and make you feel you feel at home everyday.