Do you have space that needs attention or are you ready to tackle a new DIY home redesign project? Before we begin, here is something to consider: Have you decided what style of home décor suits your home and your personality?
“Well what is my design style?” you ask. Take the short and fun quiz below to get an accurate answer. With our 10 questions, you can put a name to the aesthetics of the house of your dreams. You may answer, is my home decorating style more modern or mid-century industrial? Do I lean towards Shabby Chic or Modern Classical? With a little home design inspiration, you can kick-start the wheels of your home design project.
3 rules to follow when decorating with your home design style in mind:
Now that you have a clear idea of what your home’s aesthetic is, thanks to our interior design quiz, these are our three crucial rules for DIY home décor. You can make your home look like a professional designed designer, without spending a lot of money!
Rule # 1: Know your design style by heart.
Let’s face it: some home decor styles are easy to mistake for one another (hello, minimalist, and Scandinavian!). So how do you ensure that the design you are trying to imitate really reflects your style?
Step 1: Begin with a home aesthetics questionnaire.
Get started with our What is my decorating style? Exam! It’s fast, purely visual, and fun to take. You might be surprised – the style you end up with (and which really suits you) may be slightly different than what you had imagined all along. It will also give you the necessary design vocabulary to narrow your search. When looking for home décor pieces, you can type words like “industrial,” “seaside,” or “boho” to find the perfect fit for your home.
Step 2: Take a look at your space.
Once you have mastered your style, Your next critical step is to scan your space. Is there a total renewal in the cards? Or do you just need a few accessories here and there to emulate your style? What areas of your home work for you and which ones don’t? Is it important that your home has a lot of natural light? Or is artificial light enough?
Keeping an open mind and flexible perspective will make it easier for you to understand what’s good for you and keep you happy in the future.
Step 3: Get inspired.
Ahhh, this is probably one of our favorite steps. Take a step back, relax, and let the creative energy flow. Look for home decor inspiration on sites like Pinterest, your favorite home decor magazines, and even movies or TV shows.
Also, get inspired by the spaces around you. Getting inspired by real inhabited houses is a great way to visualize what your space might look like with a similar design or elements. Save some images and file them together to create your interior design mood board. Ask a friend for recommendations when you find accessories, furniture or works of art that you like in their homes.
Rule No. 2: Follow the 3 C’s: Choose, Consider, Select.
So move on to the second must-have rule of DIY interior design: choose the elements wisely, consider the crux of your space, and select to bring the happy feelings.
First, choose style items and accessories that you see yourself (and your family) wearing and enjoying for the long haul. As much as we would like our space to embody our style, practicality and functionality remain a comfortable and livable home.
Second, consider lighting, measurements, etc. It’s easy to buy anything and everything that represents your style. But the point is, not all of those items were made to fit your home. Consider the amount of light your space receives at all times of the day and choose paint and lighting colors that can brighten your space. Take notes on the dimensions of your room to make sure you find furniture that will fit you well.
Lastly, select the aesthetics of your home by incorporating only the things that make you happy. Clutter never makes anyone happier, and we also live by this principle. To make a space really stand out, take it easy with accessories. Trust us; Better to add items slowly one at a time rather than having an overwhelming layout space.
Rule No. # 3: promise to work within your established budget.
Our last rule of thumb is where most DIY designers falter. For some, the euphoria of envisioning their dream home design disappears as soon as a budget is discussed. But working within your budget shouldn’t be greeted with dread and shouldn’t stifle your creative potential. Here’s how you can stay within your budget without sacrificing your dream home décor:
Reuse items you already have.
You may already have what you need. Categorize each item you currently own and identify if it still serves your purpose and the style you are looking for. Do you have items that have a completely different aesthetic than what you are looking for? Host a garage sale for additional funds or donate to the nearest charity.
Dive into a garage sale or thrift store.
Someone else’s unwanted items could be your treasure. These establishments are a hodgepodge of all styles, both old and new, and could become an easy distraction. So remember: eyes on the prize.
Focus on mixing instead of combining.
Buying expensive items in one go, like a furniture set, can seem like a way to get everything you need at once. But it could end up running out of your budget faster and restricting your ability to really personalize your space. To design like a true professional, don’t be afraid to mix and match your items, especially your furniture. Keep a focal point and add complementary accessories.
Try DIYing your home pieces.
Interior design styles like Shabby Chic and Industrial, among others, feature vivid pieces that are easy to replicate with some patience and effort. With DIY, you can unleash your creativity and create designer pieces that you won’t find anywhere else.
How do I choose my decorating style?
Start by taking MYMOVE’s What is my decorating style? Exam to determine the style that truly represents you and your personality. A home aesthetics questionnaire makes it that much easier when creating the foundation for any redesign project. Give it a try!
What are the different styles of home decor?
There are tons of design styles, but here are 10 of the trendiest styles:
- Mid-century modern
- French country
- Modern classic
- Art deco
What are the decoration trends of 2020?
Here are some of the hottest trends we see in 2020:
- Out of trend is the new trend. More reasons to DIY (wink, wink).
- Colorful kitchens. Kitchens are no longer just predominantly white.
- Cozy fabrics and accessories. Bring the Hygge.
- Colors as neutral. Don’t be afraid to be bold in your color choices!
- Accessible luxury environment. Natural elements like wood add an organic polish and industrial metal elements make spaces stand out.
How can I make my home beautiful on a budget?
To stay within your budget without limiting your home’s aesthetic potential, try repurposing items you already have, or if you really need to shop, get items from a garage sale or thrift store. We also recommend stockpiling your designer items or accessories slowly, rather than making a large purchase. Lastly, we can’t stress how to DIY some of your pieces. It’s a great way to create one-of-a-kind accessories while keeping your budget to a minimum.
How do I show my personality through my design style?
The biggest advice we can give you is to mix and match your design elements. That’s the best way to let your personality shine through while making your space look like it was created by a professional interior designer. But be careful not to go with a heavy hand. Instead, take an interesting piece and make it the focal point of a room and design around the item to create a cohesive, well-thought-out look.