Renovating your home to suit your style can be fun and satisfying. It can also be a little daunting. If you aren’t sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place. Developing an interior design to suit your home and lifestyle can be done in five simple steps.

1. Define your style.
Is your home a Mid Century Modern, Edwardian, Cape Cod, Dutch style or Queenslander? Not sure? Thankfully, there is a plethora of online resources that can help you figure out what you already have and what you like. Browse through pictures on websites like Houzz and Pinterest, where you can save ideas that appeal to you for later use. Spend some time with interior design books and magazines until you have a good idea of what you would like for your home.

Once you have defined the styles and colour schemes that you love, you’re ready to move forward with a plan for your home. Don’t feel comfortable moving forward on your own? Consult a Brisbane interior designer for professional assistance with your home’s style.

2. Choose a colour scheme.
Colour can bring together any styles that you have throughout your home. Choosing one coordinated group of colours to use, rather than selecting colours on a room by room basis, will feel much more unified and welcoming. While you may have fun with a room, such as a child’s bedroom, in general you will want to unify your design.

3. Use elements that you love.
You can create a focal point in a room or give it a special touch by adding pieces that you love, no matter what their style. While you will want to limit the number of styles that you combine and be careful not to create chaos, a unique piece can add to your design by surrounding it with pieces that create unity between styles, such as accessories, light fixtures and fabrics.

4. Consider the details.
These are the seemingly small elements that bring your styles together. Using the same material, such as timber flooring, throughout the home creates cohesion in the same way that your coordinated colour scheme does. You can also create unity with matching fixtures or wall accessories.

Blend textures and materials to develop a warm, welcoming atmosphere, whatever the style. Use lighting to set the right mood and fabrics that invite visitors to reach out and touch.

5. Look at the overall effect.
You may love that ultra-modern metallic splash-back, but if you are living in a Victorian home with traditional cabinetry and rustic floors, it simply may not work. But consider how you can create the same effect with a material that will work. Maybe a tin ceiling can add the touch of metal that you are looking for in a way that blends better with its traditional surroundings.

Other blending of styles works can work well. For example; A single modern piece of furniture surrounded by cosy, overstuffed pieces or a piece of abstract art in a traditionally decorated room offers contrast without style confusion.

If all of this just sounds like too much and too hard – consult the Brisbane Interior Design gurus Hotspace Consultants. We would love to help you!