If you’ve visited many custom homes in Chester County, PA, you’ve likely seen a vast array of decorating styles. There may have been elements you liked from more than one genre, and perhaps you’re looking for ways to implement those ideas in your own home.

Read on for some actionable steps that will help you choose home decor that is not only aesthetically pleasing but reflects your personal taste.

Ask Yourself the Questions Interior Decorators Ask Their Clients

Write down your answers to the following questions that a professional decorator might ask to get to know you better:

  • What do you like and dislike about your current decor?
  • How do you use your home and its various rooms?
  • What colors do you love in home decor? (This might be different than the colors you wear.)
  • Which decorating styles are you drawn to?

Create a Collage or Pinterest Board

If you had trouble answering any of the above questions, this next step will help you hone in on your specific tastes. Start gathering ideas in the form of pictures to create either a physical collage or a virtual design board.

For a collage, print and cut out pictures of decor you like and glue the pictures to a large poster board. If a virtual board is more your style, get on Pinterest, search for home decor, and start “pinning” whatever you like.

By compiling ideas in this way, you’ll start to notice styles, colors, and patterns that your favorite clippings or “pins” have in common. Once you’ve nailed down those preferences, it’s almost time to start shopping.

First, you’ll need a crash course in home decorating.

Follow General Decorating Principles

Of course, there’s really no wrong way to decorate your own home — unless you want other people to think it looks good. Seriously though, there are a few best practices to keep in mind when decorating a home.

  • Use color to set the right mood for a room, depending on the room’s purpose.
  • Choose a few big pieces over several small pieces: If you hang small pictures, they should be part of a grouping.
  • Groupings look better when there’s an odd number of items.
  • Use a variety of textures and include some three-dimensional objects.
  • Use anchor pieces to tie together seemingly unrelated items. For example, certain colors usually don’t go well together — unless the throw pillows are a print that incorporates both colors.

Hopefully, we’ve given you some food for thought, but a lot of decorating is based on instinct. Move your decorations around until you like the way everything looks. It’s your home, after all!

If you’re excited about decorating, just think how amazing it would be to help design your own house! Rotell(e) Studio(e) designs custom homes in Bucks County, PA, and several surrounding counties. Call us today to learn more!

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