If you’ve developed your Signature Style, using my tips and suggestions, the next step to restyling your home is creating a ReStyling Plan using your Signature Style. A Signature Style is also known as Personal Style. Whether you call it your signature or personal style, this form of home decorating falls under Eclectic decorating style. Eclectic decorating consists of combining different styles of furnishings, patterns, textures, and fabrics. To successfully implement this decorating style, it must be carried throughout your home for cohesiveness and continuity.
“It takes courage to mix things up and conviction to push a look its limit. When you do, the reward is rooms that exude passion, personality, and flair.” – Mary Mcdonald
restyling plan guidelines
Apply these guidelines for creating your ReStyling Plan using your Signature Style, when decorating each room or space in your home.
1. Interior Decorating Principles, Rules & Guides
Pulling together an eclectic decorated home, can be challenging if you don’t follow the principles, rules, and guides for interior decorating. Once you learn and apply these, you will master your Signature Style.
Color + Scale + Proportion = Balance. If you have ever walked into a room and thought, that something is not right or the room feels off, you have experienced a room that is out of balance, either in color, scale, or proportion or a combination of these. Decorating Eclectic style gives you the ability to use different styles of furniture in one room, but you must follow the interior decorating principles, rules, and guides to create a room that is balanced and comfortable.
2. ReStyling Rooms and Space – Purpose & Function
- For each room or space, you plan to restyle, stand in the room and ask yourself, what is the purpose for the room? For example, will your dining room be casual and used for all meals or should it be more formal and used for entertaining and holiday meals only?
- How do you want the room or space to “feel”? Each time you enter the room or space, how do you want to feel about the room or be inspired. For example, when you enter your living room you want a space that’s relaxed and casual, but is visually appealing in its decor.
- Review your mood board and the images of rooms and spaces you have collected. What do they tell you about how you want to live in your rooms and spaces? Is it a combination of styles that is inspired by transitional and farmhouse styles, or casual or chic? Do you want your bathroom to have a spa like feeling, and for your bedroom to be very relaxing?
- Remember you are not trying to mimic a room, space, or trend, but creating ones that are uniquely for you and your lifestyle.
3. Signature Style – Home Decor Elements
What home decor elements in your Signature Style, did you identify? Do you love picture galleries, artwork, cloth dinner napkins, fabric pattern combinations, baskets, or creating a spa inspired bathroom that includes essential oils, bath salts, candles, and body butters?
4. Use What You Have
- Shop your home for furnishings and accessories that will be used to restyle your rooms and spaces.
- Think of how you will pull your room or space together using your existing furnishings and the home decor elements identified in your Signature Style. Identify the furnishing and home decor items you will need for each room or space you are restyling and based upon how you will live in the room or space. For example, in the living room, you will need a sofa, coffee tables, artwork, accessories for the tabletops, rugs, vases, and decorative pillows. You love to sit by your fireplace and read, you will need a bookcase or cabinet to store the books. For the bedroom, you need a bed, dresser, nightstand tables, lamps and accessories for the dresser and walls.
Williams’ Haven’s Signature Style – Earthy Neutrals
5. Paint Colors & Undertones
- Become familiar with how colors are created and paint undertones.
- How paint colors are created. The colors red, blue, and yellow are primary colors and all other colors are created using these colors.
- What are paint undertones? Per Diane Hathaway Timmons, color consultant, lifestyle writer, and designer, “Here is the simplest way to define undertones in paint: When a color is created by mixing two or more colors together, the undertone appears throughout the exact proportion of color used. In creating beige, if the color formula has a little more green in it, then it will have a green undertone, with more red, it becomes a pink undertone.”
6. Selecting Colors
- Color is a very personal choice and some colors affect your emotions. So, it’s very important to select colors you love and how they make your feel, not because they are trendy.
- Before selecting any colors, first identify the items that exist and will remain in your home. For example, counters, tile, flooring, wood furniture, and cabinets. These items’ colors will become a part of your color palette for the room or space you are restyling. For example, if you have bathroom tile that is pink in color and you won’t be replacing it, then pink will become a color your palette when restyling your bathroom.
- Note: if you don’t like some existing elements because they don’t fit into your restyling plan, you should remove or update them, if you have the budget.
- Use 3 to 4 colors in a room.
- One of the easiest ways to select a color scheme for your home is to pull colors from pattered upholstery, artwork, decorative pillows, rugs, or curtains that you love.
- Rule 60-30-10. “When decorating a space, divide the colors into components of 60 percent of a dominant color (walls), 30 percent of a secondary color (upholstery) and 10 percent of an accent color (accessories), ” advises designer Mark McCauley. “Works every time!” he says. “This ratio ensure that the colors are properly balanced and there’s just enough pop for interest.”
- Wall colors and big-ticket items like furniture upholstery should be neutral in color. This makes future home restyling cost-effective. You can move accessories to different rooms to refresh your decor with minimal or no cost.
Limit the number of contrasting furniture styles in a room, e.g., 2 to 3 different styles. Also, limit the amount of furniture too. Too many of either will make your room or space look like it was thrown together, instead of intentional design.
Styling your countertops and tabletops with many accessories, can become pricey.
One of the “secrets” to home decorating is knowing how to place items. Become familiar with the interior decorating guides. These guides provide best practices for styling accessories, bookcases, hanging art, curtains, and more.
Limit the number of home decor accessories. It is very important to have fewer pieces when eclectic decorating. Purchase fewer pieces, but larger ones that make a statement, be selective.
If you’re crafty, consider creating accessories to save money.
I create my own canvas abstract artwork. Recently, I learned how to create Apothecary jars, using supplies purchased from the Dollar Tree store.
9. UPDATE WHAT YOU HAVE
Don’t count out existing furnishings or accessories because they don’t initially fit into your restyling plan. Consider updating existing furnishings and accessories, to work in your restyling plan by repainting, re-purposing, re-staining, or recovering.
- Shop for furnishings and accessories needed to complete your restyling plan. Keep samples, images of furnishings and accessories and measurements and take them with you when shopping for items.
- Learn what shops and stores you like to shop for furnishings and accessories. For example, I shop at multiple types of shops and stores. I create some of my own accessories, I shop at craft stores. Other shops and stores to include are, resell, studios, and thrift stores, to find the “perfect” items.
- Check stores and shops for special deals, sales and discount offers for frequent buyers.
11. Putting It All Together
- Your initial plan may change as you restyle your rooms or spaces. Document your restyling plan and update it as needed.
- Begin with placing your furniture in your room or space and then experiment with placing accessories and home decor elements, to get the right mix.
- After putting your room or space together, live with it for some time. If it doesn’t look right or feels out of balance revisit your colors, scale, and proportions.
- Restyling your home should be an enjoyable process. Have patience and trust your instincts.
12. Restyling Updates
You’ve restyled your home and you love it, great! Keep your home decor fresh. Try something different, a new color scheme, a new trend, or a different type of accessory. Once you learn and apply the restyling plan guidelines, it’s easy to update your home as your style evolves.
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