DIY Homeowner: How to Choose a Design Theme

By Home Bay

Posted on February 17th, 2017

Does the thought of decorating your home make you feel a little overwhelmed? Take a deep breath and keep reading! We’ll give you some pointers on how to choose a design theme that will make your house feel like a home.


  • Look Around You:
    As a homeowner, one of the best ways to get ideas on how you want to decorate is to take a look at what others have done. Browse home sites like Houzz or HGTV, make repeated visits to retail design centers, home accent shops and furniture stores and pick up decorating magazines to learn about color combos and design trends.
  • Analyze Your Preferences:
    Your personality and lifestyle preferences should be closely tied to your ideal design. Are you a homebody who likes music and old movies? Do you love cooking up a storm with lots of family and friends around to help? Are you all for simplicity and minimalism?

    Start thinking about things that inspire you and use a combination of your interests and the information you gathered in your research stage to pinpoint design styles that you love. If you find you’re attracted to multiple styles – don’t worry! You can mix and match and make a style of your very own. For example, it’s trendy right now for people to complement contemporary, clean line design elements with shabby chic accents – like reclaimed wood walls, distressed wood furniture and barn doors.
  • Collect What You Love:
    Your design goals may tend toward mid-Century modern, curvy French provincial, farmhouse rustic or beachy chic, but don’t forego a chair, a coffee table or a piece of art simply because it doesn’t quite fit the mold. The best home interiors mix it up a bit! If you have a stunning antique clock that makes a great visual statement – don’t hesitate to place it in your contemporary living room with chrome and glass furniture.
  • Go For Quality Over Quantity:
    Don’t default to the “bargain” package at the furniture store. Instead, look for quality and lasting value. You don’t have to pay top dollar, but you should take your time and make sure that you get what you pay for. If you’re a DIYer, take advantage of thrift stores and get a great deal! Buy quality second-hand pieces that need a little love, and enjoy the rewarding fun that comes with transforming them into something completely unique.
  • Don’t Overthink It:
    Remember, you’re making design choices that complement the way you live, not following a rule book. Pay no attention to the “color of the year”… but do consider going neutral with your color scheme. Doing so makes it easy to change out your accent colors and give the room a whole different feel without spending a ton of cash. The most important things you can do are to make sure function plays a central role in your design and choose things that make you happy. If you do both of these things, you’re going to come out a winner!
  • Decorate in Stages:
    Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your home shouldn’t be either. Rushing into a design theme can lead to overdecorating. So take it easy and plan to continue improving and updating as long as you live in the house. That way, you can add to your space as you see decor ideas that will fit your space perfectly and your home will always reflect your personality.

Interior design trends come and go, but if you choose colors, furniture, decor, and art that you really love, your home will be stylish and timeless, no matter what design theme is currently dominating the design world.

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