You will want your home to reflect your interests and your own tastes. As far as style is concerned, you may want to create an informal eclectic scheme with no particular historical connections. An informal style implies versatility and a relaxed attitude not complete chaos. It means you can put together different elements to create a very personal space, with furniture chosen for its comfort and practicality rather than purely for its looks.
When deciding what sort of interior to choose, work with the character of your home’s architecture rather than against it. For example, if you live in a modern apartment whose rooms are mainly square and unadorned you could choose a minimalist style very successfully, but a grand Louis XVll style with ceiling moldings and deep chandeliers would be difficult to achieve.
Whatever style you choose proportion and scale are important. You might get a large sofa into a small room but it will dwarf any other furniture and you could seat people just as comfortably on more pieces of smaller furniture. Equally, it’s only worth introducing an enormous, family-sized refrigerator/freezer in a kitchen if you can position it right at the end of a run of units so it doesn’t dominate the whole room.
Keep your eyes open for ingenious ideas for arranging furniture. Stores, other people’s homes, and glossy magazines are all full of suggestions. There’s a huge variety of designs of furniture and storage items in a wide range of material, and somewhere out there is the very thing you need. Above all, keep checking back to your measurements and sketches – they will vital to make sire that what you’ve set your heart on is actually what you need. They will prevent you from sudden impulse buys that won’t fit anywhere.
“You can put together different elements to create a very personal space, with furniture chosen for its comfort and practicality rather than purely for its looks. Whatever style or non-style you can choose, proportion and scale are important.”
Making the most of a small home or small spaces in the home is a challenge, but there are plenty of cunning ticks to help make your seem larger than it actually is. You can use paint and pattern, light and reflection, highlight architectural features, and lead the eye away from confined spaces and along vistas to interesting objects or intriguing glimpses of another room. Be consistent: use the same color to coordinate flooring in different areas and rooms. Be adventurous: use changes of color to emphasize a flight of stairs or another extension of the space.
Don’t be afraid of white, which reflects light better than any other color and always makes a room seem larger. Be inventive: frame a window with a good view by painting a different color around it. Be creative: use paint techniques to give an impression of depth, or different patterns to add to the feeling of height. Make use of dado and picture rails, friezes, deep skirting panels, and arches to emphasize height. Keep some wall space clear for a favorite painting or paint. And, of course, de-clutter: too much furniture and too many objects will cramp a room uncomfortably.