How to choose a decorating style for your home

Trying to decide on a decorating style or a theme for your home can be challenging, especially if you are updating an existing home.

We get so caught up in thinking our homes need to look perfect, like something we see online and in magazines.

These homes have been professionally styled and photographed by professional photographers who know how to manipulate lighting. And the images are photoshopped, so the houses look amazing.

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The reality is you are dealing with changing light throughout the day.  Some rooms may be dark all the time, and others may be darker in the morning and light-filled in the afternoon. You also have people live in your home, leaving things lying around and make your home look untidy. 

You probably have furniture you’ve had for some time, and it doesn’t look brand new.

And you may not be a minimalist. You might like your treasured possessions out on display.

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So what can you do?

Work out what it is about these homes you love and work out how you can bring these elements into your home as best you can.

If it’s the colour of the walls, find a similar colour that works well in your home to achieve the desired look. If it’s the finishes or the furniture, find something similar.

It doesn’t have to be a replica of the image. Chances are your home has different lighting, a different layout, different size rooms, and therefore it won’t look the same as it does in the photo.

For instance, in the image below, you could take the colour scheme and use it in different proportions to suit your kitchen. You could use the fluted finish on the cabinet and include that in your kitchen. 

Use the same layout and use your own colour palette.

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Create your own style

Take ideas from other homes, shops or wherever and create your unique look based on that style. After all, we are all individuals and have our own sense of style, even if you don’t think you do. You know if you like something and if you don’t. 

You are likely to like more than one decorating style.

I don’t believe you should only use one decorating style in your home unless, of course, you want to.

For example, if you love the industrial and Scandinavian decorating styles, take parts you love and mix them in your home. You will create an exciting and personal space that reflects who you are. 

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In this image, the bedroom has clean lines and furniture inspired by midcentury modern with a muted coastal colour palette.

You are more likely to be satisfied with your home if you have decorated to suit you and your family than one copied from an image.

Let your decorating scheme evolve

It doesn’t have to be perfect right away.  Take your time to get your home looking and feeling how you want it. 

So, find your inspiration images, work out what parts you want to use in your home and adapt them to work in your space.

If you need help getting started read my blog post on where to start when redecorating or renovating here.


So go and get creative and, most of all, enjoy the process.

If you feel stuck choosing a colour scheme for your home or unsure if something works in your home, you can book an online consultation with me to discuss your colour dilemmas.

Until next time,

Happy decorating,


21 July 2021

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