Designing your life can feel like a never-ending affair. To be frank, it is a never ending affair, but a worthwhile one. Likewise, designing your home to reflect your life can be tough as well because it requires you to distill who you are and translate that into a space: walls, furniture, colors, etc. Seems like a complex task, right? Sum up who you are in a just a few items? It does not have to be as hard as you think. Design a home that reflects you by applying the below steps to your design process.
List out your likes (and dislikes)
Start by writing down things that you like. I don’t just mean items of décor you like, I mean things that you like that represent who you are. For example, if you love animals and own a few, write it down. While this may not mean you add a statue of a dog to your décor, it does mean that you should purchase furniture and décor that is pet-friendly. Also, never underestimate the power of having a short list of things that you dislike. While I don’t recommend focusing on this list alone, it can help keep your vision focused.
Consider your lifestyle
What does your daily life look like? Do you have pets? Kids? Do you like low-maintenance? These are all elements of your lifestyle that should not be overlooked. Using the example of pets again, you may not want carpet or hardwood (for fear of it getting ruined). Vinyl flooring may be the best, most durable option. Click to see more colors of vinyl flooring.
Whether you do this with a Pinterest board or a corkboard, all that matters is that you have a designated place to reference visuals that will guide your vision. This curating of things is referred to as a “mood board” or “inspiration board.” Collect everything from color palettes to room scenes to textiles. Again, all of these things should speak to who you are as a person and make you say, “that’s totally me and I can see that in my home forever.” This step is also a good moment to collect samples of materials for larger items, such a flooring or upholstery. You can easily order free flooring samples for your mood board at most reputable retailers online.
Don’t succumb to trends
Trends are everywhere. They are a natural part of life. When it comes to your home or apartment, think twice before saying, “yes” to a trend. If it really doesn’t reflect you and your life, then pass on it. Save yourself the money and the future regret of buying something that doesn’t fit you.
There you have it; a simple, no nonsense strategy for designing your home or apartment in a way that reflects you and your lifestyle.