Finding your inner interior designer is a personal journey that will help you get the home you’ve always dreamed of.  It can be hard to have the confidence to do something different from what you usually do, so we thought we’d start you off with some thoughts and ideas to turn your house in to a home.

WHAT SORT OF MOOD ARE YOU TRYING TO CONVEY?  Are you after calm, or something a little more lively?  Are you after a creative looking space or would you prefer something more minimalistic and classy looking?  You need to ask yourself this before embarking on altering your space.  Once you know what type of mood you want to go with, the excitement then begins with choosing colours and materials.

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WHAT DON'T YOU LIKE?  Just because something is on trend, doesn’t mean you’re always going to love it.  If you really dislike something, be it bright colours, then look for inspiration elsewhere, using the elements that you do like.  The world is your oyster now with design inspiration everywhere.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE?  You probably already have a go to style that you’ve stuck with for years, and there’s a reason for that!  You like it.  But that doesn’t mean that you have to always go for the same look.  If you’re intimidated by mixing things up too much, just add some new elements in and take it from there.

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IT DOESN'T ALWAYS HAVE TO MATCH!  You don’t have to follow a prescribed ‘theme’ when decorating your space.  Matching colours and items sometimes look a little bit cold and so mixing it up a bit will always make it feel more homely and natural.

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RESEARCH!  Take inspiriation from everywhere!  With the advent of pinterest, interior magazines and travelling to new places, the world (in Interior terms) is literally your oyster!  Pinterest  is such a  great tool.  Start pinning and see if there’s a design theme that shines through. 

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INVEST IN A FEW STATEMENT PIECES!  Do you have an item that you love and don’t want to part with.  Use it as a starting point and work around it.  Remember your home should be filled with things you truly love.  As William Morris said ‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.’

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Photos courtesy of Pinterest