Personal Interior Design Style



Architectural Elements, Fireplace, Family Room, Area RugIn our trendy world where styles come and go in a matter of years, it’s important to get in touch with your personal interior design style. What do you like and what do you love? Learn to use your favorite things to develop your personal interior design style that will please you and offer a basis to build upon. This is the best way to get a room that will be a reflection of your personality.

Style-Setting Element  vs  Accent Furniture

Pick one room – start small. Identify the furniture or furnishings that you love in that room.  This may include a favorite sofa, cabinet, artwork or even a rug. Maybe you have a family heirloom or you plan to purchase an item of furniture that creates a style statement.

Identify what you like about your favorite items. The style, color, and construction material, such as wood, metal or fabric covered, offers a basis to build upon and should be carried through in other areas of the room.  For example, metal finishes can be repeated in lamps, railings or even the cocktail table, while colors should be carried through in throw pillows and window treatments.

If your favorite piece has an unusual design, and you feel it doesn’t define your personal style, you may use it as an accent piece. It can and will add character to the room.

Design Elements:  Building Blocks of Style

Good room design concepts have layers of elements. Each one adds interest, contrast and depth to the interior and creates a dynamic, rich palette. Elements may include the following:

  • Architectural features such as a fireplace, windows, stone walls or coffered ceilings
  • Upholstered Furniture
  • Tables and Cabinets
  • Flooring and Area Rugs
  • Window Treatments
  • Fabrics – Color, Pattern and Texture
  • Paintings and Sculpture
  • Lamps and Chandeliers

Creating a great room design is more than selecting a style of furniture. Focus on choosing a variety of elements that will complement each other. This is the key to developing an elegant interior that your family, friends and relatives will admire.

Floor Plans: Designs for Successful Living

Last but not least, the arrangement of furniture within the confines of the room contribute to your personal interior design style.  Floor plans integrate architectural features and develop traffic patterns within the room.  Ultimately, you want your floor plan to suit the function of the room – allow for open areas, special activity areas, and flexibility to move things around to suit the needs of your family.

Using these design concepts will allow you to identify the building blocks of your personal interior design style and how to apply them in your home. Go to my website for ideas and inspiration.

Nancy Sibrava is a Licensed Interior Designer, ASID Associate Member, IDS Professional Member and a Certified Residential Designer.