How to add your personal style to a room

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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It's important to consider your own personal style and taste when decorating, as after all, you wouldn't wear clothes that don't suit you, so why would you decorate your home in a way that didn't reflect your personality? Sometimes, it's hard to put yourself first, especially when you are faced with a barrage of different home decorating trends and fashions. The ultra mismatched shabby chic is at the forefront of design trends for now, but if the style doesn't match you as a person, then it shouldn't have a place in your home. So, look to yourself, your passions, and ultimately, your own wardrobe, and see how you can show off to both your guests and family bits of your soul and personality through your choice in home decorating. Take a look…

What kind of lifestyle do you lead?

Crompton Kitchen Painted Oak: country Kitchen by Belvoir Interiors Ltd
Belvoir Interiors Ltd

Crompton Kitchen Painted Oak

Belvoir Interiors Ltd

If you're a laid back sort of person, the kind that favours slim blue jeans and a stark white t-shirt, then you should try, where possible, to reflect your own personal dress sense in your home. This is seemingly much easier to achieve than you might think—you only need to perceive your living spaces as you would your personal wardrobe when you go shopping. Just as you would choose cool linens and soft organic cottons for your clothing, you have the liberty to choose the same material textures for the soft furnishings in your home too. If you follow a more preppy style, and gravitate towards pale colours and tartans, you can reflect the same style, for example in your kitchen, as seen here.

Do you like dressing up, or down?

Eclectic but classic, elegant living room: eclectic Living room by ZazuDesigns
ZazuDesigns

Eclectic but classic, elegant living room

ZazuDesigns

As mentioned above, your own personal style should help to dictate how you decorate your home. This too, can apply to whether or not you are the kind to get dolled up at the chance, or prefer to be laid back and cool. You can dress up the rooms in your home as much, or as little as you like to get glammed up. For example, in this living space, which could just as easily be modern and minimalist, is instead, glamours and elegant. This has been achieved with the use of the luxurious purple curtains and couch, as well as all the intricate trims and trimmings such as the chandelier, mirror and decorative elements scattered throughout the room.

Are material textures important to you?

Bedroom by Moda Interiors, Perth, Western Australia: classic Bedroom by Moda Interiors
Moda Interiors

Bedroom by Moda Interiors, Perth, Western Australia

Moda Interiors

A tactile experience in a room is very important for some, as the feeling of touch is a very stimulating and important sensation. If the thought of snuggling up underneath a quilt made of velvet or wool gives you the heebie-jeebies, then don't choose this material texture for your bedcover even if it's in your favourite colour or pattern. Allergies in this case, are important to consider. You may have an adversity to dust, perhaps even suffer from skin conditions or asthma, therefore, the materials you choose to surround yourself with daily should cater to your needs. Cotton and linen are hypo-allergenic, and are great for sufferers of hay fever or allergies. For those who have to endure dry skin conditions such as Rosacea or Eczema, silk is the perfect choice for you.

Do you prefer colours or muted colour palettes?

​3d architectural interior visualisation for a hotel project by RedWhite Creative Agency:  Hotels by RedWhite Creative Agency
RedWhite Creative Agency

​3d architectural interior visualisation for a hotel project by RedWhite Creative Agency

RedWhite Creative Agency

It's important not only to assess the selections you've made in your wardrobe in the past, but also to see what colours you gravitate toward in both fashion and home décor. For many, the thought of bold clashing colours and prints sends them immediately into headache mode, so it would be wise to keep your decorations cool and calm. In this living room, subtle variations in colour are seen only on the carpet, with the remainder of the tones and textures used being muted and serene. Minimalistic dress sense or style can work really well in any room in the house, as does a marriage of different colours—you just need to select what sits right with you.

What kind of collectables do you have?

Product range photo shoot:  Artwork by Holly Francesca
Holly Francesca

Product range photo shoot

Holly Francesca

For some people who suffer from endless bouts of wanderlust or travel frequently, more often than not, these journeys are reflected in their collection of holiday memorabilia and photographs. In this case, instead of stashing away your prized trinkets in the bottom of a drawer or hundreds of pictures in an album where no one can see them, why not consider a space to display them? Depending on the size and colour-way of your collection, you should consider making these collectables an element of your design. This kitschy and colourful map shows the epicentre of London in a modern light, and would look great in any contemporary or modern space that needs a splash of colour. 

What prints do you always choose?

Cloudsley Road: modern Living room by 2 lovely gays
2 lovely gays

Cloudsley Road

2 lovely gays

There are thousands of prints to choose from, and now, thanks to digital screen printing technologies, you can have any pattern printed on virtually any surface. For some people, they always lean towards the geometric likes of a chevron pattern for example, whereas others go weak at the knees for florals. Whatever print or pattern causes you to shriek I love that!, is definitely something you should consider working into your design. It doesn't have to be in masses, it can be a subtle highlight to a muted or coloured background, as evidenced here, by 2 Lovely Gays.

What is your ultimate home decorating style?

Large Double Drawer, Shabby Chic 8 Seater Farmhouse Dining Set: country Kitchen by The Treasure Trove Shabby Chic & Vintage Furniture
The Treasure Trove Shabby Chic & Vintage Furniture

Large Double Drawer, Shabby Chic 8 Seater Farmhouse Dining Set

The Treasure Trove Shabby Chic & Vintage Furniture

If you find yourself constantly lusting over eclectic style homes here on homify, then you should try to incorporate your most coveted style into a room. After all, when redesigning you shouldn't always feel bound by the constraints of your budget. Many of the top home decorating styles can be achieved to maximum effect by purchasing furniture from recycled or even high street shops. You'll find that nowadays, many of the most popular styles from expensive top designers have been replicated in high quality in a similar, or even sometimes identical style.

Feel ready to face your home decorating project head on? Check out the following ideabooks

6 common mistakes to avoid when decorating

9 inexpensive ways to enliven your domestic space

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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