Dea Jolly’s tips to help you choose an interior design style for your home

The ultimate goal for most renovations is to produce an end result that seamlessly merges the new with the old. But if you aren’t even sure what your style is, or what would be the best style for your home, how do you decide on one?

It’s very easy to fall in love with a particular look, here are my tips to help you choose an interior design style perfect for your home.

Do your research

Figure out your favourite style by reading interior design blogs, magazines and searching websites such as Pinterest, Instagram and Houzz. Make a note of what you do and don’t like, what colours and design aesthetic appeals to you, what furniture you like, what feel you want to achieve in your space.

Figure out your favourite style by reading interior design blogs and magazines. Photo: iStock

A common theme should start to emerge and that will help you to narrow down your approach.

Consider the context

Think about the style of the existing home and about the style of the other homes in the area. Period homes, for example, can be approached either by building an extension that is sympathetic to the existing style and features of the home, or by building a more contemporary extension that celebrates the contrast between old and new.

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The goal is to choose a design style that works in harmony with a home’s structure while ensuring that the taste preferences of its owner are met at the same time.

The goal is to choose a design style that works in harmony with a home’s structure. Photo: Stocksy

Unify the spaces in your home to create flow. Creating a consistent theme should be a priority rather than implementing a mish-mash of different styles that don’t honour the architecture, or your personal style.

Focus on a style and stick to it. Create a mood-board that can be referred to and that will keep you on track. As always, the little details are important – matching light switches, doors, handles, skirtings and architraves will create a feeling of cohesion throughout the home.

Overall, ignoring the elements of your home’s architecture when selecting an interior design style can be risky, so be thoughtful and decisive about the look you are ultimately going for.

Allow your style to shine with elements that unify your chosen look, such as the colour palette, decor items and lighting.

The possibilities are endless with interior design, so taking the time to map out a plan will help create a house that is where you can feel most at home.

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