THE sole purpose of décor: Make your house your home

Fashion and decor often get a bad rap. They are seen by many as frivolous and indulgent, materialistic and unimportant. Unimportant? I kindly disagree. 

While a Pinterest-perfect home is far from necessary, a home that makes you happy surely is. Whether you have a home full of coveted antiques, cool modern furniture, or nothing but antiquated furniture, if your home makes you happy, that’s what really matters.

 

YOUR HOME IS your sanctuary

Treat your home like the paradise that it is. Home is where we enjoy time with friends, relax after a long day, and create amazing memories. When decorating your home, think about the purpose you want it to serve, and design with that purpose in mind. Just by choosing the right lights and lamps, your room can become more relaxing, letting you have a better night’s sleep. A larger dining table with comfortable chairs encourages your beloved guests to stay for one more glass of wine.

EXPRESS YOURSELF

“Home is where we create, relax, live, and love. A well-decorated home is a stage for a well-lived life.”

Just as one expresses themselves through their hairstyle or outfits, your home can be a true reflection of who you really are. If you live alone, go all out! Pick your favourite pieces and items and get creative, mixing and matching until your eyes see nothing that does not bring joy. If you share your home, collaborate with that person. Ask them what is important to them, what they love. While challenging, finding a way to bring two styles together can be a bonding experience, and the end product something you will both enjoy for a lifetime. When friends walk through your door, they should look around and see you. 

WHAT YOUR DESIGN PREFERENCES SAY ABOUT YOU

“Just like your choice in fashion or friends, how you decorate your home is a direct reflection of your personality.”

Everything from how you dress to what you want to order for dinner helps to define who you are, and that extends to décor, too. How we style our homes correlates to who you are, and the same goes with your décor too. How we style our homes comprehends to who we are and how we want others to perceive us.

Sometimes we are making these choices consciously, like picking a wild pattern that says, “I am here”, other times, we’re not as aware.

Decorating with lots of blankets and throw pillows, for instance, may mean you desire to make everyone feel welcome in your space. But if youre home is lacking sitting room for company, it could indicate that you prefer solitude to companionship. Or simply that youre still on an entry level salary.

If you love design from Victorian Period, one might argue that you want people to perceive you as classic and elegant. While if you are inclined towards Art Deco look, you would be more likely be viewed as artsy or a deep thinker. And simple, clean design – like completely bare kitchen counters could signify a type ‘A’ personality who opts for appearance over functionality.

As interior designer Jane Lockhart once said, there’s always those who opt for the middle ground of two distinct styles. “I think that when people do designs that are very neutral, where it’s not modern and it’s not traditional,” she said, “they’re good peacemakers because they like a little bit of everything.”

I would like to conclude by saying that your décor defines you and your home, so choose the styles which you could bring out the best vibes of you.

 

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