Welcome back to the blog Live Your Style fam! Hopefully, you have been keeping up with my design style series I have been uploading (read my first post here). I’ve tried to equip you with the knowledge to discover your own design style, and then been working on sharing how to actually go out and shop for your specific style. So far I have shopped for the Boho (click here to read about the boho style) and Farmhouse styles (click here to read about the farmhouse style). Keep checking back if I haven’t gotten to your style yet. But today, I am sharing with you how to not just make one room in your house look good, but maintain that cohesive style throughout all the rooms in your home.
1. Assess Your Size
First things first, you have to know what you are working with. If you have a smaller space, like mine, you generally want the same color palette and theme throughout all of your spaces. For instance, in my home I can see the bedroom and the kitchen when I’m in the living room, and the office from the dining room, so it would look a little odd if each of these spaces had a different thing going on. With larger homes, you can play around a bit more. You can have a different accent color or a more eclectic feel in the guest bedroom than the living room since they aren’t right next to each other. So it is really important to just assess what the size of your space is.
2. Define Your Color Palette
Picking a color palette for your home will really help give you direction. An extra thing you can do is get an art piece or focal point that has your entire color palette in it. This will really help with defining your color palette and helping you stay within it, because if you bring a new item in your home it will immediately blend or clash with your color palette piece!
3. Keep it Mostly Neutral
In addition to picking your color palette, I try to keep the overall feel of my home pretty neutral. With a neutral base, everything blends together easily, and then I can add in pops of color in things like accessories. A general rule to go by is the 60-30-10 rule: 60% neutral, 30% secondary color, 10% accent color.
4. Know Your Vibe
My vibe? Cozy, farmhouse, modern. Try thinking of the vibe that describes you home, and always keep it in mind when picking out new pieces. I also try and have elements of my vibe in each room to make them feel like they connect. I have wrought iron bookshelves in my office, an industrial clock in the living room, and a picture of bull in my dining room so that each space gives off a little bit of the farmhouse vibe.
5. Purge the Old
You may have bought that thing 10 years ago that you loved at the same or been handed down something because it worked at the time, but that doesn’t mean it fits with your current style. Your style is always changing, and that is ok! Just make sure you make room for your evolving style by getting rid of the stuff that just isn’t you anymore.
6. Have the Same Flooring Throughout
This is aimed towards my home owners out there, but try to have the same flooring throughout your home. This really helps with tying all your spaces together, and making your home feel cohesive from the ground up. If you are renting and can’t change your floors, try having similar rugs to ground your space.
7. Use Similar Textures
I try and have repeating fabrics/textures in my home to make every room feel like it works together. I have linen dinning room chairs, a linen couch, and a linen desk chair.
8. Have Consistent Trim Details
Having big details like trim details and window/doorway treatments all the same makes your house flow better. Also, smaller details like outlet covers, light switches, and knobs really do make a big impact if they aren’t all mismatched.
Thank you for reading along, and I hope this post helped you better understand how to make your house feel cohesive. And as always, keep living your style!
Keep following along for my tips on making all the areas of your home look and feel like one!