A personal style is like handwriting – it happens as the by-product of our own way of seeing things, enriched by the experiences of everything around us. - Massimo Vignelli
Designing a space that is ‘just right’ means pulling together things that make you feel good and that remind you of warm memories. You will be at your most comfortable when you are surrounded with things that make you happy and remind you just why it’s good to be you. Here are 5 soul-focused tips for doing just that.
1. Clear the clutter
Get rid of stagnant energy by clearing out clutter. These piles and nests of stuff tend to harbor bad feelings because they are normally things you need to deal with, are unfinished or regret buying or owning in the first place. Quickly evaluate what you really need to keep (then put it away properly or deal with it right away) and get rid of everything that no longer serves you.
2. Turn up the volume on some great color
The psychology of color is vital to creating a happy space. Yes, there are studies and charts to help you find a color that might give the mood you are looking for, but if that’s not your thing, take a look at your closet or the rest of your house. What colors are you drawn to? What makes you feel good? It’s also important to think of the energy you want your room to have – brighter colors tend to be ‘louder’ and be more energetic. Muted tones tend to be more soft and restful. Dark, bold colors tend to have a solid, heavy feeling. Adding color can be as subtle as small accessories or a throw, or as bold as painting the entire room.
3. Add a few memories
Having little touches of things that warm your heart is the best way to make a connection with your space. Things like pictures of tender moments with your children and happy photos from around your home are easy fits here. Don’t overlook more abstract mementos, though. In my house I have on display a rock collection from summer walks with my kids, a few feathers in a vase brought to me by my son, and a watch that belonged to my husband’s grandfather. All of these things make me smile when I look at them.
4. Nod to nature
A connection to nature will bring life to the space. Consider plants, fresh flowers, rocks, rough wood, water features. Don’t overlook big, open windows (keep those blinds open and hang your curtains outside the frame), especially if you have a view of trees or a garden. If plants aren’t possible or just aren’t your thing, there is nothing wrong with a good quality fake, or consider the other non-living alternatives.
5. Let all that isn’t you fall away.
Evaluate everything in your space. Get rid of things that just aren’t you - you know you have at least a few things that just bother you for whatever reason – au revoir!
Hi, I'm Tara. I'm a professional interior designer living in rural Canada where I help the practical & down-to-earth to love where they live. I offer professional interior design services in person and online and am the author of a design & style guide to Living With Oak.
I believe you can become a happier person in a more beautiful home and I’m here to guide you in creating a practical plan to pull it all together. I’m here to offer interior design advice and inspiration to help you make that happen.