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How To Use Interior Design To Reflect Your Personal Style


Do you struggle to showcase your own style within your home? There’s nothing worse than feeling uninspired by the space you live in, so if you feel your home is lacking that personal touch, keep reading for some tips!


Tips for creating personal style

Interior decorators usually have a solid sense of what they like and don’t like, because they’re always critiquing and evaluating room interiors whether in people’s homes, magazines or online photos. You too can develop your own personal style by viewing different kinds of interiors and deciding what you like and don’t like about them.


Find photos of rooms you like and collect them on a Pinterest board or in a folder. There’s no ‘right’ answer, it’s simply an exercise for you to become more aware of your own personal tastes, and these will become apparent over time the more photos you collect and notes you take.

The overriding idea isn’t to copy a room down to the last detail in a photo but to cull elements you like from various sources, and create your own interior design in a space. You might find you like both antique and modern styles, and so look at ways you can blend these together to give a frumpy interior a lift.

Another good way to develop your own style is to use your personal belongings in a creative, thought provoking way within a space. Antiques, curios, mementos, maps, photos, if you have a collection of items hidden away in a drawer, think about how you can display them in a way that’s visually appealing. There are also lots of places online you can buy affordable art that takes your fancy.

If you have personal items or art on display but they’re not really saying anything about who you are, then you may have too many. Remove anything you don’t love or that doesn’t really have any significance or importance to you.


Styling tips for different personality groups

Often people fall into certain types which makes it easier to design a home that reflects a particular style. Here are a few different personality groups and stylings tips for each. Do any of these traits ring a bell?


The Traveller


Always on the move visiting exotic locales and picking up interesting trinkets and photos? Think about:

  • Displaying your photos in interesting ways
  • Antique furniture from certain eras
  • Using natural organic fabrics
  • Laying down wool rugs
  • Hanging stylised maps of places you’ve been.


The Socialite


Do you frequently entertain people in your home and love being the life and soul of the party? Think about:

  • Colour on the walls and colourful accessories
  • Creating a trendy wallpaper statement wall
  • Fun loving and playful accessories
  • Mixing patterns
  • Using ceiling decals.

The Gourmet


Do you like curling up with a good book after a visit to a food & wine festival? Think about:

  • Classic designer furniture
  • Neutral walls and luxe materials
  • Monochrome accessories
  • Wine racks & bookshelves
  • Customised prints of favourite quotes.

The Minimalist


Do you hate clutter, patterns and bright colours, and feel more relaxed when decor is just simple? Think about:

  • Using cool neutral colours
  • Classic, sleek furniture
  • Incorporating a crisp white accent chair
  • Installing black gloss countertops
  • Steel appliances.

If you don’t have time to DIY then consider getting quotes from experienced and quality interior stylists at Bricks+Agent, your one-stop-shop for hiring local professionals. 

Topics: Home Improvement, Inspo

Rafael Niesten

Written by Rafael Niesten

In his early 20s, Perth local Rafael Niesten, won a scholarship to study in Canada, with that came the opportunity to volunteer at a local radio station. That spawned his entrepreneurial streak, returning to Perth in 2001 he set up community radio Groove FM. More by luck than design, they became successful, too successful as they took a significant chunk of the Perth Market. This sent up the red flag with his commercial competitors who saw to it that he came before the Australian Broadcasting Authority and on technicalities such as the number of volunteers he was forced to move on. He received the citizen of the year award for Western Australia (youth) and was a finalist in the Australian of the year awards (Youth). Falling on his sword he turned to running small and large scale events, all the while buying, renovating and selling properties. Buying and selling land and renovated houses provided a grounding in the property industry. He founded a cloud based medical grade voice recognition company, followed by co founding the first true cloud application for private practice in the health sector. He successfully exited these ventures at the end of 2016 and began building Bricks+Agent.

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