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7 Steps to Choose An Interior Design Style For Your Home

As we've gotten much better acquainted with our homes this past year, our relationships with our own spaces have evolved.

As we’ve gotten much better acquainted with our homes this past year, our relationships with our own spaces have evolved. Our homes served different purposes this year than they had in the past, whether that be the need for a home office, a family-friendly living area, or a functional outdoor space. Once needs were met, it was time to indulge our aesthetic proclivities.

Although styling your home is a very creative process, it can be a bit intimidating, especially if you have little to no interior design experience. This article will help you structure your ideas, make them work within a budget, and get prepared for renovations.


1. Get inspired

You won’t go very far without inspiration. If you don’t have a clear picture in mind as to what you want your future house to look like, see what others have done with their homes. Browse through magazines and check out interior design types on themed websites. Looking through listings on real estate platforms like REsmile also works, as you can find a house similar to yours and use some of the ideas. Or who knows, you’ll find your dream home there.


2. Set a budget

Dreaming is one thing, but being actually able to do it is completely another. You need to estimate all of your “wants and needs” and the amount of money you can spend. It may be difficult at first, but you can write the ideas down, find out the pricing, and prioritize the items on your list. If the sum exceeds your budget, exclude the things that are more expensive and less necessary. You can put them on a “waiting list” and get back to them when you can.


3. Find common ground

If you’re not living alone, choosing decor can start a feud among family members. Different people like different types of interior design styles, and combining them may be tricky. Consider everyone’s opinion and reach an understanding as to what you want to see in the end. Follow the basic rules of brainstorming: be open to everyone’s ideas, don’t criticize right away, and write down every thought.


4. Match the exterior

Before you start haunting yourself with the question: “What is my decorating style?” look outside. Or, more precisely, look at the exterior of your house or the houses you like. If you don’t want the answer to this question to be “eclectic,” follow the style that your home already has. An old Victorian house will look weird with having glass tables and white-leathered sofas. Just as a top-floor apartment doesn’t go very well with beach decor.


5. Visualize

You yourself may like several types of decor styles and may not be able to make up your mind. This is why it is important to visualize all of your ideas and create a moodboard on Pinterest,  or similar platforms. Add pictures of furniture and decoration, color swatches, little things that help you get inspired. Use different boards for different styles, and you may see which one wins by having more “pins.” You can make a scrapbook, too, but it will take more time and effort than a digital collection.


6. Think big

When it comes to decorating styles, many people focus only on separate rooms and little details. But it is essential to keep the big picture in mind. When you have a vision of what your whole house should look like, then you can narrow it down to floors, rooms, and even corners. Even if you base the whole design of your house on a cute vase, consider how you’re going to implement this idea in your kitchen, living room, and bedrooms.


7. Get help from a designer

Choosing the right style can take months, especially if you’re not so sure how to organize the space. A good interior designer will help you create a project that is both functional and esthetically pleasing. They can also suggest something you’ve never thought of and make it work within your budget and space. It will cost you extra, but the results will satisfy you if you work side by side.


In closing

Selecting an interior design style isn’t easy for everyone and sometimes can even keep you at bay. It is important to collect all ideas on a mood board and consider everyone’s opinion. If in doubt, consult a professional designer, and they will suggest their vision according to your wants and needs. You should also work within a budget and don’t get too distracted by mismatched ideas. A little bit of patience and inspiration, and you will find the right way to style your home.


Alina Kralkina is a Content Manager in Resmile, a company that develops easy-to-use real estate search platform.


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