Find Your Interior Design Style (Home Decor Tips for Every Budget & Taste) — Class Excerpt

Find Your Interior Design Style (Home Decor Tips for Every Budget & Taste) — Class Excerpt


(upbeat music) – In this lesson we’re
really going to focus on defining your personal
style, how you can combine it with other styles
and how you can continue to grow and evolve your
personal design style. So we at Havenly have actually
defined our own styles and created these four families and these four groupings of styles where all of these different sub-styles can fit into these kind of parent styles. We’ve identified these
four styles as classic, contemporary, modern, and eclectic. So we’ll dive a little bit
deeper in to each one of these. (upbeat music) We’re gonna start by
covering classic design which encompasses styles like farmhouse, traditional, and other
more formal design styles where you’re going to see a
lot of symmetry, a lot of muted colors and a lot of really
sophisticated materials. This bedroom image that
you see here on the screen is a great example of classic
design because it encompasses a really neutral, soft,
soothing color palette. You’ll see a lot of classic
elements like the tufted headboard and a lot of
symmetry with the artwork above the bed, the mirrored
nightstands on either side of the bed, and other repeated colors and patterns throughout the space. When you’re looking at classic design and how these principles play into it, you’ll notice that a lot of it is going to come from the element of balance. You’re gonna see a lot of symmetry when it comes to classic design. The colors are actually going to be a little bit all over the map. You can see some color
palettes that are going to be really neutral and
subdued like we see here, but you can also see a
little more over the top, ornate color palettes
that have a lot of gold, a lot of bold rich colors
that really harken back to a truly classic design period. When it comes to rhythm and repetition, this is going to be shown
through a lot of materials that are repeated throughout. So you might see a lot of
natural woven materials, you might see a lot of more
ornate linens and silks. You’ll also see some
really intricate patterns that are repeated throughout the spaces, since that’s a key identifier when it comes to classic design styles. Modern design is really easy to identify because it really focuses on
having function over form. In a lot of modern designs
you’ll see only what’s required. All the furniture is gonna
have a really obvious purpose. There’s not gonna be a ton
of knickknacks or a ton of overly detailed designs, it’s going to be somewhat stripped down, pretty minimal, and pretty focused on the
function of the space. Within modern you’ll often
see a lot of Scandinavian or industrial designs and
minimalist designs as well. In this modern dinning
room here you’ll see that it’s been stripped
down to the basics. We have a really lovely simple table with some chairs around it,
a buffet, a really lovely sleek lighting fixture and
there’s not much else going on. You’ll see when it comes
to color that there’s often a really simple color palette
with one big pop of color. In this piece you see a little bit of gold and you see a little bit of blue and those really set the tone and make a statement within the space. When it comes to balance
you’ll see a lot of asymmetry. This space actually
kind of breaks that mold and it’s pretty symmetrical
because it’s a dining room but I think in a lot of
cases when it comes to modern design you’ll see a
little bit of asymmetry, that’s kinda where they
get that dynamic pop and that element of interest. With modern design when it comes to rhythm and repetition, it’s really
important to be very intentional with this because there’s
not a lot of additional accessories and artwork
and color, you have to be really mindful of how you’re going to get that sense of rhythm and repetition. So I’ve often seen by
repeating the same key element of furniture, the same color, or the same material throughout the space. Eclectic design is one of
the easiest to identify but often one of the hardest designs to successfully implement. Eclectic design is really easy to identify because it has a really great variety of colors and patterns and
it feels very collected and curated over time. That being said, it’s
very easy to get into this level of chaos so
this is where we really have to go back to our principles to make sure that we’re
executing on it correctly. Within eclectic design
you’re going to find a lot of global designs, bohemian designs, anything that feels like it’s been well traveled and curated
from a variety of places, variety of travel stories, it’s just gonna feel very well curated. Within eclectic design
you’re going to find a wide variety of colors and palettes and the sky’s really the limit. When it comes to balance,
you’re actually going to see a pretty good variety again
with symmetry and asymmetry, but it’ll lean a little more asymmetrical, again to give you that
feeling of collection and curation over time. Rhythm and repetition
is actually going to be the key and the defining
principle of this style. Because eclectic design is so curated and you’re going to have
such a variety of colors and patterns, it’s really important to be methodical and make sure
that you don’t go overboard. So whenever you’re looking
at eclectic design, you really wanna take
stock of what you have, what you’re bringing in,
and making sure that there’s nothing that’s really
competing with each other and that everyone has a friend or a partner within that design. This example is a great
representation of eclectic design because it has such a
variety of colors, patterns, materials, you can
really feel like you know the person who lives in this space and you can get a sense of
what they do for hobbies, what they do for travel, who lives here. Contemporary captures a
lot of that in between. It’s going to capture some
of the transitional design and styles that are kind
of within or just outside of our other design families. So something that’s not quite mid-century, not quite bohemian,
something that’s kind of right there in the middle
is usually gonna fall within this contemporary umbrella. In this example you really
see contemporary design come to life with the really simple sofas, the really simple sleek coffee table, but where it starts to
have a little more fun and embody a little bit more
of the client’s personality is through the decor and accessories. You can see the bookcase
here has a lot of styling, it starts to really tell a story, they’re not afraid of
incorporating a little bold pattern with the pillows and
there’s some great artwork above the fireplace as well,
that starts to showcase some more of that design personality. When it comes to the principles of design and incorporating them
into a contemporary design, you’re often going to find
that with the color palettes, they’re pretty neutral. There’s not going to be
a ton of bold colors. You might see some
complementary color palettes but they’re going to be stripped down and a little bit more subdued and neutral. Because of the sleek lines
and the nature of these really simplified silhouettes,
it really lends itself well to a symmetrical design
with mirrored elements so you’re going to see a lot of symmetry in contemporary design. When it comes to rhythm and
repetition you’ll often see bold patterns incorporated throughout the space on a bigger scale. Contemporary designs often are
not afraid of incorporating that bold punch of a
really unexpected pattern or unexpected color to
create that sense of rhythm. No matter what style you
identify with or what combination of styles you identify with,
scale and proportion are going to be kind of outside of that scope. They’re going to really
rely on the size of the room and the rules of scale
and proportion are going to transcend style. Those rules really are
kind of set in stone and they’re going to be the same regardless of how you identify
with your design style. (upbeat music) When it comes to combining styles, you’ll find that most
people, including yourself, are going to fall within some realm of a combination of these styles. It’s really rare that
one person will identify with just one style. An easy way to start
identifying which styles you’re going to combine is figuring out which of these parent styles
you really identify with most, whether it’s classic, modern,
eclectic, or contemporary, that’s going to make it really easy for you to identify the
sub-styles that will create a really cohesive and lovely design. When it comes to you combining styles, it’s really simple and a really great way to start by combining different sub-styles within the same parent design style. One thing that designers and pros will do is go just outside of
that and pull in something that’s a little bit unexpected. This is kinda how you can tell when a room has been designed by someone who knows what they’re
doing versus someone who is just getting
familiar with the basics. So as you start to get
more and more comfortable with these principles in
your own design style, push the envelope a little bit. Find something that’s just
outside of your comfort zone, figure out why it works
and what is similar and don’t be afraid to pull that in. This example here really
showcases a combination of sub-styles that fall within
this modern parent style. You can see the Scandinavian
elements through the rug but rather than keeping that
stripped down with a lot of neutrals or really light airy colors, we’ve actually paired it
with a little more bold, modern chair that has this
really nice metal detail and then combined that
with an even more bold, almost rustic kind of
feeling dark accent wall. For the most part within this
design, all of the design elements do come from
that modern umbrella. There is this element of
rusticness with some of the more natural materials,
whether it’s the leather on the chairs or the more
natural sheepskin rug and that is a little bit
outside of the normal rules. The reason it works to bring
in a little bit of a rustic element to this modern
design is because we’ve kept those principles in mind, so
we’ve incorporated similar colors, similar tones,
without going too far outside of the style spectrum. In this classic design example,
we’ve actually combined a few unexpected design styles. So you’ll see a lot of
elements of traditional and transitional design
but we’ve also thrown in a little bit of a curve ball. There’s this kind of preppy
element that’s in here. The reason this works so
well is because the rest of the room is pretty
simple, pretty neutral, and it allows us to really play
and experiment with some of the color that you might not
normally see in classic design but you do see in a little
bit of those preppy, more updated modern designs. As we’ve kind of alluded
to, eclectic design really lends itself well to different
styles coming together because there is this element
of incorporating a bunch of different colors and
patterns and materials and what works really well
here is that we’ve kind of simplified it and incorporated
a lot of bohemian elements and then we’ve contrasted that
with a more rustic element when it comes to this dresser. It’s a kind of a unexpected
pairing but it works really well because you
get this really great sense of balance between
the light and the dark, they both have this really
great natural element to them. So they work really harmoniously together. You also get this really
great sense of eclecticism through the patterned
pillows and the really great capiz shell chandelier. Again, another unexpected
element that is really easy to identify when it
comes to eclectic design. So as we talked about
before, contemporary design has a lot of similarities
with modern design but contemporary allows for
a little bit more freedom and fun when it comes
to color and pattern. This room is no stranger
to color and pattern. You’ll also see a lot of really great glam and preppy elements with
a lot of gold tones, lot of really rich colors and patterns, which for anyone who loveS glam design, you’re always gonna see a
ton of gold and bold colors, really great patterns
within any glam space. (upbeat music) The easiest way to start
identifying your style is just to go out there and
start identifying your style. So what you should do as a first step is start figuring out what inspires you. You can do this by looking
at Pinterest, Instagram, even while you’re out at restaurants, just figuring out what
pieces make you feel at home and make you feel really peaceful and then start jotting those down. Figure out what you
like, what you dislike. As a next step, once you’ve
honed in and kind of gathered a group of inspiration images,
take a really hard look at each of those individual
pictures to figure out what it is about each
space that you really love. Is it the architecture? Is it a color? Is it a pattern? Is it a specific piece of furniture? Just figuring out exactly what it is that resonates with you,
start making a list of that and figuring out what’s
attainable, what we might need to fake a little bit. I know for me personally,
when I’m browsing through Instagram or Pinterest I’m really inspired by spaces that have these
grand lofty windows. I don’t have that in my own
space so I have to figure out how I can embody that
and what other elements of those inspiration images
I really resonate with. As you’re starting to search
and build up your inspiration images library it’s really important to not be too focused when
you start your search. So even if you think that you identify as bohemian or mid-century,
don’t just look at bohemian or mid-century rooms, just look
at living rooms as a whole. You might surprise
yourself and you might find some new style facets that
you’re really drawn to and this could really open your eyes to embracing a new design style. I’ve noticed personally when
I’m working with clients that a lot of them either think they know their style and then
they surprise themselves, they’re not the style
they thought they were or they come to me and
they just don’t know what their style is so
it’s a really fun journey to help them figure out
what their style is, give them these key words
to empower themselves as they’re searching on
their own or as we’re working on their room together to really establish their own unique style. I think another challenge
when it comes to identifying your style is not just embracing a trend because it’s trendy. Embracing a trend because you love it or being okay with
stepping away from a trend and finding a style that
really resonates with you. Trends come and go and they
always circle back around so if it’s something
that you love, own it, if it’s something that you don’t love, it’s gonna go away and we’ll find a style and a trend that works best for you.

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