Now that I’ve been a Realtor for what feels like forever, I’ve been in and out of scores of residential and commercial buildings in the Boston area. I’ve seen so many spaces with unique, personalized designs that have definitely impressed me. When you see all of this realized potential every day, you can’t help but catch the ‘decorating bug’.
You start scouring Pinterest, Instagram and every home decor blog you can find, and everything looks so pretty. Some of it even looks like something you could totally replicate at home.But how do you take a space and design it in a way to suit you? Click To Tweet
Here are 3 simple steps to help you achieve your interior design breakthrough!
1. Separate the things in your space that you still love from the stuff you absolutely hate.
Purge all of the extraneous stuff you don’t need or want. You’ll probably be surprised how much falls under that category LOL.
Generally, these items you still love will have some sort of cohesive theme. Are they all a similar style? Material? Color? Maybe all of your picture frames are silver, your favorite throw pillows are white, and you absolutely can’t live without your white fluffy rug. Use this as your baseline for design. Have white and silver be your colors. Have a mixture of soft, feminine, and industrial textures.When you begin an interior design project knowing what you already love, it becomes easier to narrow your focus and develop a theme. Click To Tweet
2. Don’t overdo it.
It’s easy to get carried away. Believe me, I know. When I’m on a mission to redesign a space, I wander stores and peruse sites with my shopping cart and end up with way more than should ever be in one space.
The trade secret is this: Half the reason those pictures you see online are so gorgeous is because they are tastefully done. They’re minimalistic. Don’t try to stuff a space full of cute things just because they’re cute. You may be on point with your design, but if the space is crowded, it will probably still be uncomfortable.
3. Keep it comfortable.
Sometimes it is tempting to place items in a space because they fit the aesthetic you are going for – without considering their comfort factor. Don’t pick the hard-as-a-rock loveseat just because it would just look so chic between the two windows. Don’t pick all throw pillows that are so studded and sequined that you’ll never use them. Of course you want the space to look great, but you can’t truly live in a place where you’ve sacrificed comfort to the extreme in exchange for design.
Are you truly proud of a space you’ve pulled together? I’d love to see! Snap a picture and DM me on Instagram at @cobblewayblog 🙂