Home interiors of the 70s, 80s and even 90s had a very distinct look about them because, back then, there weren’t a lot of options when it came to furnishings and décor. Today – it can sometimes feel like there is too much choice!
But there is no need to be overwhelmed by what’s on offer, it is just about understanding how to select the right colours and patterns that suit you and your home. Here’s our top tips below:
1. Have a look through your home with fresh eyes
The first step is to work your way through each space in your home and assess what you like – and don’t like. There will probably be some décor that was considered, and other items that were just to ‘make do’ for a period of time. So this is where you decide on what will stay, and what needs a refresh, and it will give you the all-important starting place for what new items are required.
2. Get creative with a mood board
Mood boards don’t have to just be for professional designers. They are actually a really helpful tool to assist with making all sorts of decisions, and getting a real insight to what you like when it comes to colours and patterns. All you need is a large piece of card, some interior/home magazines, and a few hours to assemble some images of things you like.
3. Understand the rules, and consider breaking them
There are plenty of ‘rules’ when it comes to designing - that dark paint will make a space feel small; everything in a room should match; you can’t mix patterns in the same space. But you know what? Rules are made to be broken, and in this case you shouldn’t let the worry of not following ‘guidelines’ affect your choices. Because many of these things can actually work, when implemented in the right way.
4. Consider the psychology of colour
It’s long been understood that colour can have a very direct effect on our mood. Our innate human senses are at work even when we don’t realise it, and the colour of the environment around us is easily responsible for making us feel a certain way. So it is well worth considering this psychology when it comes to choosing colours and patterns for our home interiors.
For example, the bedroom is a place for rest, so obviously colours like blue and green – in the right shade – can be helpful in aiding sleep. Patterns may be too busy for the eye in this space and are probably best left for the living room. However, there is always an exception to the rule, as patterns that are very minimal and/or nature-inspired could be the perfect fit.
5. Fashion doesn’t dictate – you do!
Trends come and go, and it is important that you don’t feel too constrained by them. You don’t have to choose something that is currently ‘in’ if it doesn’t appeal to you. What really matters is understanding the look you are trying to achieve and finding the right furnishings to match.
6. Speak to the experts
At Harrisons Curtains and Blinds, we have a team of experienced consultants that come to you, for free, so you can make the right decision in the comfort of your home. Creating a cohesive, personalised look is the key to an interior that you will love to be in, and it’s something Harrisons know how to do well.
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