one Estimate your budget
Different styles have different principles and key characteristics. And how well it will turn out to embody the chosen style depends very much on the available budget.
“In order to settle on a certain style, you need to understand the budget of the project. The Scandinavian style, for example, does not require decor in the form of stucco on the ceiling and on the walls; inexpensive furniture in this style can be bought at IKEA. And for modern classics and American style, a larger budget will be required, they require expensive materials and furniture,” says designer Vera Sheverdenok.
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2 Describe how you would like your home to be
It can be a very short description of a few adjectives.
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3 Ask the family
If you are not going to live in an apartment alone, you will have to take into account the opinions of all family members. At the same time, people often like interiors that are opposite in style and character. Sometimes you have to look for a compromise, but you can take another step — choose a mixture of styles. Designers don’t mind.
“Don’t be afraid to mix styles. Recently, more and more often you can find projects that cannot be unambiguously attributed to any one style. The trend of recent years (which, by the way, also applies to the wardrobe) is a mixture of modernity and classics, a departure from pure styles, eclecticism,” say the specialists of the ARCA Interiors studio.
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four Consider the initial data of the apartment
The configuration of housing will also affect what style of interior you choose.
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5 Look for inspiration
Designers of the ARCA Interiors studio recommend not only viewing finished interiors. “Photos of nature, art, a variety of prints, individual pieces of furniture, color schemes, photos of cities and even stills from favorite films. It is desirable to collect all this on one board (moodboard), virtual or physical — this will be the starting point for creating an interior. You must feel the mood and character of the future home,” recommend Olga Vasilyeva and Irina Petrova.
6 Assess the furniture and decor you already have
In any case, you move to a new house with a certain baggage of things, including those that you will use in the interior. Even if before that you lived in a rented apartment and do not bring new furniture.
“Perhaps you brought something from your travels with you, such as a handmade ceramic vase, or you got an antique chest of drawers from relatives, or loft-style posters you bought on a trip. It can become a part of your interior!” says Vera Sheverdenok.
7 Decide on a color scheme
The colors you like will also influence the choice of interior style, because different aesthetics have different palettes. The same popular Scandi is characterized by light colors and wood. But the choice of colors should be dictated not only by personal preferences, but by the objective characteristics of the room.
“Take into account the floor of the apartment, the direction of the world, which the windows of the apartment face, whether the sun gets enough into the premises,” recommends Vera Sheverdenok.
eight Avoid trends
If your plans do not include a new renovation in a couple of years, it is better to refuse trendy styles and solutions.
“Timeless design is a win-win option,” Irina Petrova and Olga Vasilyeva believe. — How to understand that the trend is temporary? It flickers in most of the interiors created in recent years. It is better to turn to interiors created by world-class masters, no matter how old these works are.”