June 20, 2013
Whether they opt for fabrics of textured ethnic prints or the traditional palette of maple hardwood flooring like Anderson's Brevard collection, homeowners' personal tastes should predominate when they are decorating their dwellings.
There's a growing realization that a home is the backdrop to people's lives and should reflect who they are and how they live. As Toronto designer Janette Ewen told the Winnipeg Free Press, "People are becoming more assertive in their decorating voice."
If they're seeking inspiration, they need only look at their immediate surroundings. From the varied terrain in the Southwest U.S. to the rolling hills of New England, regional tastes differ in home design and often reflect the area in which houses are located. For Floridians, for instance, a seashore theme may influence choices that complement local architecture and greenery that works best in a coastal environment.
The main thing is to not end up with rooms that look like they came straight out of a furniture showroom, according to PureStyleHome.com. Homeowners should strive for a style they enjoy without sacrificing the personal touches that make them feel at home.
Space determines design
Customizing a room design should take into consideration the activities of those who use the space most. Once that's determined, homeowners need to carefully analyze the dimensions and layout of their existing space and juxtapose them against their ideal furnishings.
Some things may not fit and some adjustments will be needed. There may be scaled-down furnishings that can achieve the same look - two love seats instead of one long sofa, for instance - or the homeowners' dream furniture may work better in another room.
No right or wrong
There's no right or wrong when adding one's personality to a design plan. Whether that means painting an accent wall turquoise or placing a Mission-style chair next to a contemporary glass coffee table, homeowners shouldn't be afraid to decorate their houses the way they like as long as they observe accepted design concepts such as balance and proportion.
"It's really about individuality. It's just more personal," said Monica Stevens, owner of a Calgary interior design firm. "Anything well done goes."
This is where trends such as custom furniture - ordering exactly what you want - are gaining momentum. The switch from beige base colors to gray tones has become prevalent in recent years, but there's no reason why homeowners can't view other light or dark colors as their personal neutrals.