Hi everyone! I’m Karen from A Year of Strategic Serendipity. I blog about home design, diy, and whatever I’m currently feeling inspired by. A big thanks to Amanda for having me here!
One of the most common problems I hear when it comes to home design is that they just don’t know where to start. Hopefully these easy tips can help demystify it a bit.
Chances are, there are certain styles you are drawn to, whether you realize it or not. The first thing I tell a friend or client is to start looking at spaces they like. A website like Pinterest makes this so easy, with thousands of beautiful spaces at your fingertips. After collecting a few rooms, take note of what they have in common. Geometric rugs with a traditional sofa? or are you noticing a trend of bold art or neutrals with pops of color? More than the specifics, how does each room make you feel? If you love bright, light, beachy feeling spaces, that gives you a goal for your space.
This is where most people freeze. The easiest way is to just jump in!
It’s always best to start with something you love. A piece of art or a beautiful piece of fabric is the perfect thing to start drawing inspiration and colors from.
You can pull quite a number of colors and pattern from just one piece that you may not expect would ‘go together.’ As long as you have an item (or items) that incorporate the colors and patterns, it all magically works. Matchy-matchy is a thing of the past- your goal should be to coordinate, not match.
Once you figure out what style you want your space to be and figure out your jumping off point, HAVE FUN with your space! Pillows, accessories, plants…. surround yourself with things that make you smile.
One of my favorite things to do is mix patterns. Forget the fear of it feeling busy- as long as you pay attention to scale and vary the size of the pattern, you can’t go wrong.
Well, there you go. Hopefully these tips have given you the confidence to go forth and design!
I hope you stop by and visit me over at my blog!