October 10, 2013
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. Just as hardwood floors like Anderson's Eagle Lodge collection have unique and rich textures, people looking for design inspiration need only consider their personal interests and surroundings.
The main thing is not to design rooms that look like they came straight out of a furniture showroom, according to SheKnows.com. Homeowners should strive for a style they enjoy without sacrificing the personal touches that make them feel at home.
As Toronto designer Janette Ewen told the Winnipeg Free Press, "People are becoming more assertive in their decorating voice."
But when people customize spaces to their unique tastes, they need to consider the activities that are most likely to occur in those rooms. Taking measurements before deciding on room layouts will save homeowners headaches later. Otherwise, some things may not fit their room design and adjustments will be needed.
One thing they may find is that scaled-down furnishings can achieve the same effect as one big piece - two love seats instead of a single long sofa, for instance - or that homeowners' dream furniture may work better in another room from the one where they envisioned it.
In addition to personal interests, people can take inspiration from their immediate surroundings when looking for home design ideas.
From the varied terrain in the southwestern states to the rolling hills of New England, regional tastes 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 for homeowners to find what makes their surroundings distinctive and turn it into a style they enjoy without sacrificing the personal touches that make them feel at home.
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.
"It's really about individuality. It's just more personal," said Monica Stevens, owner of a Calgary interior design firm.
That's why customizing furniture to get exactly what one wants is gaining momentum. On a smaller scale, choosing accessories according to one's individual tastes is another step that homeowners can take to avoid the showroom look.