One of the unexpected effects the COVID – 19 pandemic had on the world was a surge in redecorating home projects. The pandemic allowed many people to slow down for the first time in many years and realize that the styles they’ve been living with just might not be the best styles for them.
When choosing a home, it’s easy to get wrapped in whatever interior design styles are popular at the moment. Choosing the best interior design style is often not as important as simply getting the job done.
But now that you have some time, why not find your home decor style?
This article will walk you through two of the most popular styles to help you learn how to choose an interior design style.
Modernist architecture and design first became popular in the 1920s. Now, 100 years later, the harsh angles, stark contrasts, and opulent flourishes are coming back in style.
Modernist home decor relies on complementary color schemes. Rather than focusing on a bunch of colors that look like each other, go for two or three colors that are completely opposite on the color wheel. This will make each individual color stand out.
Modernist decor is all about the unnatural. Embrace the man-made by filling your home with state-of-the-art lighting fixtures, metal tables, and chairs, etc.
One of the key styles in modernism is minimalism. The balance between state-of-the-art technology, and hyper-cool design and leaving as much open space as possible is often where the beauty of modernism comes from.
If you prefer things to feel a little more natural and down to earth, we don’t recommend the modernist style. Instead, go for. . .
On the other end of the spectrum, you have rustic styles, calling to mind the warmth of Arcady and nostalgia for days of yore. Rustic styles can be more focused on the “cottagecore” aesthetic of prairie houses (very popular right now), or the more rootsy, stark comforts of the German concept of gemutlichkeit.
These styles work best for homes with hardwood floors. If you have a house that was built a long time ago, that’s even better. Start off your home styling with wooden tables and chairs and see if you enjoy the look.
If this is something you like, consider stepping up your game with fireplaces, paintings, or even some old photographs. If you have a used bookstore near you, it might help to fill some shelves with old books.
You can go even further in the world of rustic novelty, however. If you’re looking for a rustic way to move through your house, a hinged barn door might be right for you.
Unlike modernist styles, the world of rusticism relies on analogous color schemes. Pick many colors that fit close to each other on the color wheel, so that no particular color jumps out.
Find Your Home Decor Style
At the end of the day, to find your home decor style, you have to pick a path to go down. Modernist and rustic styles are two of the most influential styles of home today, and if you figure out which you prefer, you’re far more likely to become happy with your home style.
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