Some homeowners have a real knack for interior design, and their spaces showcase furniture and decor that pops and reflects their spirit. These folks make the effort look, well, effortless. But we know that isn’t the case for everyone.
If you’re struggling to furnish and decorate your home in a particular way, or if you’re stressed out trying to understand your own design style, take a deep breath. And take heart. Sometimes, it’s simply a matter of having a plan.
Here are 5 tips to choose furniture that fits your style.
1. Identify your design style.
Let’s start by figuring out your design style.
If you’re reading this blog, then you’ve probably already hit up Pinterest for furniture ideas. Pinterest is certainly a place to start. However, it can be very overwhelming when you create boards soon cluttered with too many things you love going in too many directions.
If you need to brush up on interior design styles, this is a pretty good crash course without listing too many, or too few, styles.
To get a feeling for your style, you can take helpful, entertaining quizzes, and you can also use some good old-fashioned common sense.
We like a good quiz and you can find several online, which typically include questions and images to help you determine your design style. Some of the questions are really fun, and others might be unique, such as who you’d most like to have over for dinner. Other quizzes just stick to visuals like ones of kitchens, living spaces, and even gardens. One quiz we like in particular is this one from HGTV.
Another way to hone in on your style is to read magazines and home decor catalogs, looking for things you absolutely like. You can also do some home inventory. Take a look at your art, your current furniture and decor, and even your clothes. What colors and patterns are you drawn to? Regarding your furniture, which pieces could you imagine disappearing and you wouldn’t even notice or care that they were gone? Use these methods to pay attention to which style you are naturally gravitating toward.
2. Use your design style to choose complementary pieces.
The second step is to stick with a certain design style as best you can. You can apply your style to each room in your house.Your goal is for all your pieces to complement each other—not clash or distract.
For example, the authors of this blog are fond of the mid-century modern style, and one of our favorite places to chill and read a great book or watch films is in the living room. In this room the style choices are obvious and complementary.
We like to joke that if you walked into our living room, you might think it was 1962 (the flatpanel notwithstanding). Our furniture includes solid wood tables, chairs, and cabinets, complemented by splashes of color with an orange couch, orange chair, and gray rug. These intentional choices feel good and fit our style. What is your design style? What complementary pieces do you need or want to add to your space?
3. Design spaces by starting with what you love.
You can begin to design a room in your home by starting with one of your favorite furniture pieces.
For example, in your living room, if you once scored an Eames chair with ottoman, or if you have a comfy sectional couch to die for, then that is a place to start and will influence your design choices. With the Eames chair, you can add metal and glass tables and gray rugs. With your comfy sectional, you can add throw pillows and blankets as well as cream or brown wood end tables to match.
For the authors of this blog, we don’t really have a signature piece in our living and dining room area. So in our case, we do have several real wood tables that we love. In a way we started there. Thus, it made sense to complement with a bright sofa with soft lighting from mid-century lamps.
4. Be cognizant of space and make the most of it.
The size of your space will influence its form.
In a previous blog we discussed how the pandemic has inspired (and in some cases forced) more folks to work from home, and it also created the need for home offices. Homeowners had to get creative and be very cognizant of space.
In like manner, the rooms of your home and their dimensions are important when it comes to the furniture you choose.
For instance, if you want to create a chill vibe in your living room, then you want to have just the right number of furniture pieces.
For a kitchen and dining room, with lots of traffic, you want to create an easily navigable area, not a hip-bumping space where you collide into the backs of chairs or countertops from too large a table or too many bulky chairs.
In your bedroom, you want to pick the right bedroom set. You don’t want to squeeze in too much furniture. If your bedroom set includes a headboard, you will want to make sure it fits well, particularly if your bed is beneath a window and the set comes with a tall headboard. As well, the set may include a companion dresser, so you want to make sure there is space for it.
Consider the idea of complements in each room’s space. With a large living room, you can have larger items, highlighted with smaller ones, like tables and chairs. In the bedroom where the bed likely takes center stage, then add appropriately sized tables, dresser or chairs.
5. Make your organization have a nice aesthetic.
There is no reason why organization and storage can’t be pretty, too. Avoiding clutter is certainly a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be.
In your living room and bedroom you can use some storage options that are also aesthetically pleasing.
This can be achieved in various ways. For the mid-mod aficionados, wood sideboards are a lovely option for storing items. Slim bookcases can hold books and art pieces.
For the authors of this blog post, in addition to a sideboard, we have a wood cabinet with a hutch that stores only a certain number of books (others are hidden away downstairs) and knick-knacks, like miniature Eames’ chairs! So don’t forget aesthetics when you add furniture pieces for storage.
We are here to help.
We see a lot of home interiors. If you have questions about choosing the right furniture of flooring for your home, we are here to help. Please get in touch today via our website or by phone, 877.215.1831.