June 26, 2014 1:15 am
Decor&You provides some tips and ideas to help create a home that truly reflects your personality.
• Choose Your Hues: One of the simplest and most inexpensive ways to see yourself within the walls of your home is by choosing colors and hues that correspond with your personality. For instance, a very calm and tranquil person may consider using watery colors, such as pale blues and greens. Meanwhile, an energetic person may want to play with bright tones, such as pinks and turquoise with white accents. Conversely, a dramatic, yet sophisticated person can opt for rich and deep shades such as an eggplant purple or maroon. After you decide on the color schemes, it's key to take a moment and envision yourself living within the realms of those colors.
• Celebrate Your Prized Possessions: From family heirlooms to trophies, everyone has belongings with priceless personal value. To help reflect your history and achievements, utilize these items as focal points in the home. One way to do that is by devoting an entire wall to built-in cubbies which will help put items on display. These pieces can set the foundation for a room's color schemes, furniture, and overall style, while simultaneously celebrating you.
• Echo Your Lifestyle: Does your home typically serve as the safe haven for you to unwind and relax in after a long day; or, does it transform into a venue for hosting parties and gatherings for family and friends? To create a cozy atmosphere, focus on simplicity by pursuing neutral colors and textures. Comfortable seating, ottomans, dim lighting, and matching blankets help to ensure a relaxed attitude. For an extravagant and inviting room, don't be afraid to go bold with intricate details. Especially in dining or sitting rooms, statement pieces, such as an elegant chandelier, aid in keeping the room lively and stimulating. Slipcovers with varying patterns for sofas and chairs are also a great way to constantly keep guests 'wow-ed' and allow you to alter a room to fit all occasions.
• Signature Scents: Prior to investing in air fresheners or candles, try identifying the activities and environments that make you happiest. Scents have the potential to serve as a powerful memory trigger, so choose smells corresponding with enjoyable times. Perhaps you love to cook or bake -- try out a vanilla, cookie, pumpkin spice, or cinnamon air freshener, candle, or oil diffuser. For someone who loves the outdoors -- pick a grass, breeze, or beach scent that helps bring the outdoors inside. With so many different options available, the perfect scent could be the final step in embodying yourself within your home.
Published with permission from RISMedia.