Let’s be real: choosing furniture for your home is stressful. Exciting, yes. But stressful. Our homes are our places of refuge and we take pride in how they look. Nailing down the look can be a little overwhelming.
If you’ve caught yourself in the Pinterest scrolling death-spiral, you’re not alone. Are you a minimalist? A bohemian? A mid-century modernist? None of the above!? It can be tough to know what term defines your style.
Here’s the good news: there’s no wrong way to design a home. But direction helps. Here are our best tips to tap into your inner stylist and make your space the Insta-worthy palace of your dreams.
START WITH THE VIBE.
Before choosing furniture for your home, first ask yourself how you want those spaces to feel. Comfy in your living room? Relaxed in your bedroom? Energized in your kitchen? Each of those feelings have corresponding colors, textures and shapes. By identifying the way you want to feel in your space, you can narrow down your inspiration-pics to the most relevant.
That brings us to our next step: pick pieces that build the feeling you’re aiming for. If you want your living room to feel cozy and lived-in, opt for soft fabrics, warm colors, and lamps for gentle lighting.
Or if you want your room to feel elevated and minimal, pick pieces with clean, sharp lines like the Parker sofa line. Accessorizing with a few metal and marble pieces will add visual interest without crowding your space.
Mary Vidar of 17Apart knows the challenge of starting a room from scratch. When she and her husband Tim decided to makeover their downstairs living room, they needed to think of a style-solution that would serve them long-term.
“We… set out to design a room we want to spend time in, with pieces that beg us to come sit, relax and unwind. We didn’t want anything that felt stuffy or formal,” says Mary. To achieve that feeling, she and Tim opted for easy, comfortable seating and a soft palette.
BUILD AROUND A FOCAL OBJECT.
Don’t worry about everything being perfect. Instead, focus on finding pieces that you genuinely love. A statement piece, such as the Lina rug or Emil sectional in a fun color — and build your room around that best-loved piece.
From here, it’s as easy as finding furniture and accessories that match the focal piece’s colors and mood. For instance, if your statement couch speaks to a Mad Men aesthetic, round out the space with mid-century-inspired pieces, such as teak furniture and mod art prints.
Jenni of ISpyDIY recently updated her living room with a Nirvana Leather sofa — but when you look at her space, you’ll notice that the colors and vibe are largely influenced by her rad artwork. Neutrals, mudcloth pillows, red-earth tones, and greenery echo are repeated throughout the space, but are anchored by the bull print.