By Ella Woodward
If you’ve just moved into a new home and you’re wondering how to style it, then a look at some of the ideas we’ve put together below. We’ll be listing some of the best ways to help create a stylish and modern home, that allows your unique taste to feature throughout. Keep reading to discover more and begin planning your styling journey.
Create A Budget Plan
First off, it can be worth creating a budget plan when styling a new home. The costs of furniture and decorating can quickly add up. This is particularly true if you’re going to be hiring contractors or an interior designer to carry out some of the work for you. A good place to start is identifying how much money you’re comfortable spending on the total costs. You can then split this between each room of your home to create budgets for each space. Researching the costs of the work you plan to carry out and the items you’d like to buy will help you to establish a rough estimate of the costs you can expect. You should also consider looking for ways to get certain pieces of furniture you like for less, such as through different companies selling a similar product for a lower price. Setting a budget plan will help you to avoid unexpected costs and make sure you can carry out all the work you had planned without having to miss out on things you want to feature in your home.
Do You Need To Make Changes To The Layout
One of the first places to start when redesigning your home is to consider if there need to be changes made to the layout. For example, are you happy with the design of the kitchen and bathroom? Do you want to create more open-plan living spaces? Or perhaps you want to create a snug area for relaxation or family time. If you plan to add an extension to your home, be sure to check with your local council to establish whether you need planning permission or not and if you do, then what it needs to include. When you’re hiring contractors, make sure you do your due diligence and research the contractors you choose before hiring them. Ideally, try and hire someone who has been used and recommended by a friend or family member to help make sure you can choose somebody reliable and trustworthy.
One of the biggest ways to make a style change in your new home is to change the decoration on the walls. It’s one of the quickest and easiest ways to make a big change to a room and put your own stamp on it. If you want to make a statement in a room of your house, then consider creating a statement wall. This could look however you like, such as bold wallpaper, a bright colour paint, or wood panelling features. You could also add statement artwork, feature lighting, or a photo wall.
A key part of your styling choices will include your soft furnishings. As they tend to make up such large pieces of furniture, you should give plenty of thought to what kind of style you want to go for. For example, when choosing your seating do you think you would opt for a leather corner sofa, like these stunning options from Denelli Italia, or fabric armchairs? Think about the general theme of styling you want to go with in each room when choosing furniture, but also the practicality of it too. For example, if you have young children or pets, soft furnishings might be a better choice in materials that can be kept clean easily such as leather.
Ornaments And Accessories
Once you’ve chosen the pieces of furniture you’d like in your home, you can start adding other textures in the form of things such as cushions, throws, and rugs. Don’t be afraid to mix up the textures and colours you use for your accessories and ornaments. Sometimes adding more than one dimension to your accessorising can help to complement a room and allow you to explore your sense of style further. Try stepping out of your comfort zone and adding different prints, tones, and style ideas than you normally wouldn’t, as sometimes you can discover you like things in your home that you don’t expect.
Add Art And Unique Pieces
Adding elements to your home such as pieces of art gives you the perfect opportunity to let your personal tastes and interests shine through. You might already have a clear idea of the kind of artwork you want to feature in your home, but if not, then you have an exciting opportunity to discover more about the type of artwork you like. Look online and in local art stores to discover more about what kind of art you might choose to feature in your home. It will also help to give you an idea of the colours, textures, sizes, and themes you want to include in any artwork. Antique stores are also a great place to find unique pieces that can add history and interest to the objects you feature in your home. As you can haggle with the price, there could be the opportunity to find beautiful, unique furniture and decorations for your home at a great price.
When it comes to decorating and accessorising your home, there is a difference between choosing objects that will add something to the room and objects that are simply just adding clutter. Unnecessary clutter in your home will distract from all the hard work you put into styling it and will make a space more difficult to use. To help you avoid making the mistake of choosing clutter over important pieces of furniture and ornaments, consider whether the pieces add a function or meaning to the room. If they are neither functional nor meaningful, then you know you can get rid of them.
Look Online For Inspiration
One of the best ways to find inspiration for styling your home is to look online. There are some fantastic websites and social media pages that have endless inspiration for styling techniques, items to buy for your home, and product reviews. Following other people’s decorating journeys can also help to motivate you with your own and help you discover useful hints and tips for styling, where to shop, and how to save money on items for your home. The benefit of finding inspiration online is that it can open your mind up to styling ideas you previously wouldn’t have been aware of but that would be ideal for you.
Your Home Should Reflect Your Personality
Most importantly, when styling your home, you need to let your personality shine through. Don’t try and conform to what you think other people’s styles and preferences would be. Your home needs to be a sanctuary in which you can be yourself and switch off from the rest of the world. Choosing a style that isn’t really you might mean that you don’t feel completely comfortable in your own home, and you could be unhappy with the end result. Be sure to feature elements of your personality such as your favourite colours, pieces of art, prints, and photos that mean a lot to you, and furniture that both suits your style and makes you feel comfortable and relaxed.