Before you start choosing colors and accessories, answer us this: what's your interior design style? It's always best to have one well-established style and let it guide you through the entire process of renovating your home so all the rooms look put together. You want all the components to look like they belong in the same house, and not pages from a design catalogue.
Don’t know what your style is? Not a problem. Here are a few ways to find out as explained by an interior designer. But first, a small clarification.
Interior design and interior decorating – what’s the difference?
A lot of people tend to use ‘interior design’ and ‘interior decorating’ as if they are interchangeable terms. But they’re not. They mean different things altogether.
What’s interior decorating?
Interior decorating refers to the process of filling a space with aesthetically pleasing elements, such as furniture, carpets, lamps, artwork, plants, and whatever other things that are either useful and nice to look at or are just there for the visuals.
And what’s interior design?
Interior design, however, runs a lot deeper than that. It’s the process through which a room or a house becomes a reflection of the person using it, while also improving its functionality. Interior design is a lot harder to do than decorating, for instance, and it’s often best done by an interior designer who can use creative and technical solutions to maximize a person’s quality of life within a space.
Interior designers look at a room and see its potential. They know what they can do to make it look bigger, bringing in more natural light, and make it more functional for you. Decorators do not design, they most often come in with a trained eye of what would look better.
Finding your interior design style – identify with a classic
The first place to start the search for your interior design style is to look at the ones deemed as ‘classics'. The ones we’ll consider for this article are modern, contemporary, Scandinavian, and mid-century.
Modern interior design
Modern interior design focuses on creating an open space, using natural materials and earth-inspired colors. It is also commonly associated with a "fuss-free" or simple aesthetic and may include functional features like built-in furniture.
Contemporary interior design
Contemporary interior design is known to pull from other design styles; it is like modern but leans more towards the future or "of the moment" trends. Contemporary design is most likely to include curved lines, versus the straight lines seen in modern design, and has more of an art deco feel.
Scandinavian interior design
Scandinavian interior design is again like modern design, but you are more likely to see a combination of wood and metal materials. Functional storage is the most commonly associated characteristic of Scandinavian design - think built-in shelving and storage that adds visual interest to any room. Multiple lighting sources and light-colored flooring are signature touches of Scandinavian interior design, due to the limited sunlight hours in the style's birthplace.
Mid-century modern interior design
Mid-century modern interior design is a pared-down combination of styles seen in the '50s, '60s and '70s, in response to the over the top style of the '40s. Large windows, exposed beams, wood panels, and bare brick walls are common themes seen in mid-century modern interiors.
Get inspired by these interior design styles
If you’re not into the classics, then the internet is your friend. You have plenty of online resources to see different types of interior design styles and ideas, you just need the time to seep through them. Pinterest, for instance, can be a great resource in this sense, but you can also browse specialized websites to find out what other people are doing in the world of interior design.
Call on an interior designer
Consider these styles as the basis of your search and from which you can ‘borrow’ certain elements or details to shape your style.
Our interior design-build team will sit down and talk to you to see what your style is, and how the space you want to revamp should look to meet your style. And, perhaps most importantly, they will do it while considering the limitations of the space they’re dealing with.
You'll get an expert opinion on what works best so that in the end the project turns out perfectly.
Hammerdown Home Renovations’ interior designer network can help
Interior designing is more than recommending decorations to tie a room together. It’s a process that relies on creativity, techniques, and a thorough understanding of the design-build process to make the most out of a home renovation.
If you’re thinking about renovating your home, Hammerdown Home Renovations can help. The interior designers we work with will make sure your home designing project turns out perfectly. Reach out to us today!