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How to choose an interior style that suits you

It’s easy to fall in love with lots of different interior design trends, but if you’re not sure how to bring it all to life, then you might need to narrow it down. Maybe you’re starting out fresh and building a new house, or you think it’s time for a cull and a few new pieces in your home…

Here are 4 tips to help you get started:

Research – the internet (and Pinterest) can help you research a style you might like. Save photos of rooms which catch your eye and of those you think you could live with. Gather a list of paint colours and even fabric swatches. Once you bring images and a few samples of things you like together you should start to see a pattern forming.

Inspired by – Display homes are inspiring (like all of these photos!). A display home sticks to a theme cohesively throughout the home. It’s a one-stop-shop for your styling inspiration. If you like beachy, then a display home decorated using this theme will continue it all the way through so can you visually see how they’d style the bedroom through to the kitchen and even outdoor living. Then you can add your own personal touches.

Name it – even though you might feel like you’ve mashed a couple of styles together (once you look over your saved images/mood board) you might see a couple of interior design “buzz” themes pop out at you. Eg. Scandi, Industrial, Minimalism, Mid Century Modern, Classic, Contemporary, French Country, Boho… Then you can start searching for inspiration using just these couple of words.

Can you live with it – You might be in between a couple of styles, but that’s ok! You can combine a few together. Buy what you like and can afford. Buy what suits your family (a white fabric couch would not be advisable if you have young children or inside pets) You have to think about the practicality and use of the items in your home. There is no use buying lots of glass items or shiny things if there will be upkeep because the kids smudge food everywhere.

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We hope this has helped you sort out a few of your decorating dilemmas if you have them.

Research first, find your inspiration, put a name to it and then decide whether you can live with it.

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