Like fashion, our homes are another way to express our personalities but again like fashion it is a long and sometimes expensive quest to find your personal style and made even more difficult by websites such as Pinterest and Instagram (god love them!) constantly plying us with images of beautiful spaces! I think I may have finally started accepting that my home is always going to be a little bit mismatched and a little bit chaotic!
Pick Pieces That Mean Something To You
Whether renting or buying, when most of us climb the first rung of the property ladder we fill our homes with cheap and uninspiring furniture from IKEA and gradually start building our longer lasting collection of homeware, phasing out the pieces that were bought out of practicality and bringing in pieces that bring us joy or memories attached to them. When you start to feel confident in the pieces
you are curating that is when you know you have found your personal style, for the moment at least.
Trends Come And Go But Truly Loving Something Lasts A Lifetime
I will never be someone who degrades trends, if something fills you with excitement I say do it whether or not people tell you it’s over or they’ve seen it a million times but remember that just because a pastel pink velvet sofa looks amazing on Pinterest doesn’t mean it will work in your Cat inhabited home. We are all going to be suckered in to buying something ‘trend led’ and regretting it a few weeks later, realising that we only bought that Copper magazine rack because we were under the Instagram influence and actually it goes with nothing in the house. Knowing when you actually love something and when you are just buying something because it is en-vogue is the trickiest part, give yourself a few weeks of thinking time before making any large purchases that you might regret!
You Don’t Have To Stick To One Style
Personally I’m not keen on matchy-matchy homes, just because you have a couple of pieces of mid-century furniture doesn’t mean you can’t add an art deco bar cart you picked up from your local charity shop to your home! It’s your home, go with exactly what you want.
Nothing is forever, chances are your style will change over time so if you fall out of love with something that you once
liked don’t beat yourself up about it. Somebody will always want the pieces that may no longer suit your tastes, you can sell old furniture and decorative pieces on places like Gumtree and Ebay and make a spare bit of cash for your new tastes!
I’m someone who completely condones doing your own thing when it comes to interior decorating, roll with it and above all else don’t feel the need to put yourself into a box!