Written by Charlotte Botham
“Style is a reflection of your attitude and your personality.” – Shawn Ashmore
Everyone has their own style and show it through what they wear or perhaps through their home interiors. People decorate their homes differently – maybe each room is a different colour, bold bright colours to make a statement or to utilise one colour scheme throughout the home for consistency and harmony.
It is quite possible many people are scared to follow a current interior trend and just stick to magnolia and white, neutral / beige or black & white in their home to keep it simple and clean in appearance. Decorating a home is not like painting nails – it stays for years! We have to make the right choice and really sit down and decide what we want and how this will reflect our personalities.
There is the wall and ceiling colour, carpet / flooring types, sofa and cushions, curtains etc – on and on the list goes. Yes, we can mix and match a cushion or two but a whole room scheme is a big deal and we want to make sure that it’s right and that everyone else likes it too.
No matter what your interior style is – your home and rooms have to be all of the following things:
- Flows well throughout the home
- Practical and functional
- Aesthetically pleasing
We all find out what we want our interiors in our home to look like one way or another, whether it’s looking through a gazillion magazines and ripping out the best pictures or circling them with a black sharpie, living with people and not liking their idea of “great decor” or finding pictures on the internet and saving them. (Pinterest I must admit is a great place to procrastinate for this type of task)!
These are the some interior design styles I’ve found for this blog and some accompanying pieces to ‘get the look’:
A List Tip: Visit our blankets and throws boutique on Decor A List and discover a selection of various cosy, blankets in different colours, patterns and materials. Blankets and throws are essential not just practically, especially with the winter months approaching, but are wonderful, personal touches to your living spaces.
A List Tip: Get this timeless and elegant look by sticking to a neutral colour scheme and one or two repetitive complementary colours, such as gold and teal against grey. Add a pop of colour in your artwork which will work harmoniously with your existing colour scheme, perhaps a limited edition turquoise sculpture:
Bright and Bold
A List Tip: Try sprucing up your interior and fusing colour into your scheme with some vibrant cushions. Founder Catherine Cornelissen actually loves to use these cushions against her own white sofas to bring subtle and harmonious colour in her home.
If you want to incorporate a trend into your home but are slightly concerned how to, Pinterest is a great way to find thousands of ideas for your home no matter what size it is by building a board.
If you have a small flat for example – begin with a current trend ‘brass’ and buy a few small pieces for your home so that you quietly and gradually get used to ‘spreading your interior wings.’ While you might not have much space, you have at least dipped your toe in and tried it out.
What do YOU do – Do you follow trends? Or, do you discover and make trends? Let us both know on Twitter @BothamInteriors / @DecorAList or Instagram – @CharlotteBothamInteriors / @Decor.A.List what you have bought or what your favourite item(s) are right now. We would love to hear!
If you do use any of these ideas please do send me some photo’s via twitter @BothamInteriors or Instagram.com/CharlotteBothamInteriors and always use the #charlottebothaminteriors
To read more from Charlotte Botham, follow this link to her blog: www.charlottebothaminteriors.com or follow her on Pinterest to discover more inspiration for the styles mentioned above: pinterest.com/Bothaminteriors