The Backdrop of Your Life

courtesy Komar | by Kate Branum

Everyone has a taste–a desire to indulge in the things that speak to the soul and reflect character. Most people have a good idea of what they want out of life and naturally gravitate toward the things that provoke happiness; interior style is no exception.It’s easy to oogle at the breath-taking images shared by interior decorating professionals or save style inspirations to a Pinterest board, but when it comes down to physically transforming your own living space, the project can get overwhelming. With so many different styles, color schemes and decor options, where do you start?

The answer is simple: begin with the basics. Tap into your personal tastes and compile a list of your favorite color schemes, materials and room themes. Remember, every home is unique, so finding a style that best fits the space is crucial; the goal is harmony. Here are a few ideas to spark inspiration.

The Minimalist

Create a crisp, breathable environment by opting for straight edges and minimal patterns. To produce a modern, artsy feel, choose a muted dominant color to start with; many popular contemporary looks rely on white or light grey backgrounds with subtle pops of color throughout the space. Unique graphics or geometric designs also add a simple, yet interesting punch to an otherwise muted space. Fabricate a futuristic feel with sleek furniture and metal, chrome or glass accents. Find what patterns speak to you in the examples below.

The Nature Enthusiast

Bring the outdoors in by transforming your space into a lush, green oasis. Organic patterns such as fauna prints or floral fabrics, and materials, such as hemp, cork or bamboo, produce a nature-centric environment while plush or wood-trimmed furniture introduces a homey, comfortable element into the room. Pull the space together with organic-looking rattan decor, such as wicker baskets or chairs, and a large photomural depicting a beautiful landscape. Check out the nature-inspired backgrounds below.

The Purist

Sometimes, rooms don’t require extra frills or fuss. If you’re one of the many straightforward, no-nonsense individuals out there, chances are, you’re looking for simple, calm space to unwind. Neutral colors such as grey, beige, white and rustic red are common choices for a subdued design. Pair the minimal color scheme with structured furniture, and subtly bold accents made from stone, concrete or natural-looking wood. See some examples below.

The Hopeless Romantic

Love is in the air–and it’s making itself at home. Establish a dreamy, romantic atmosphere with a series of soft pastel hues, rich fabrics, such as silk, cashmere or lace and glamorous decor such as crystal vases and colored glass accents. Furniture and living textiles in cream or white tints provide a vintage, shabby-chic look, while delicate flower arrangements spread throughout the room add a charming touch. See how soft colors and florals are used to create a look that fits your romantic style below.

The Trendsetter

Who says all rooms need a specific theme? That’s the beauty of designing your own space–it can be anything you like. If you fancy elements from a variety of different styles, don’t be afraid to mix and match; your space should reflect you! Check out the dynamic examples below.

“An interior is the natural projection of the soul.” –Coco Chanel

Aside from studying journalism at Grand Valley State University and interning at WLM, Kate Branum enjoys writing, reading and all things art. Reach out to her at:

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