Your home is your castle; the place where you feel safe, cosy and inspired. It should reflect your personality, while being a haven that welcomes guests. But how do you go about creating a unique home aesthetic? And what are the dos and don’ts?

Do look at smaller details

If the thought of redecorating your entire home is a bit much, then concentrate on the finer details first. One feature that’s often overlooked when creating a home aesthetic is the flooring, despite it being the area that will receive the most wear. Stores will be able to offer various shades and patterns of wood or LVT flooring. There are also lots of other details in your home that you can add or improve to create a unique aesthetic. A lick of paint can do wonders for the feeling of a room, with the right colours creating the illusion of space or evoking certain moods. Other small tweaks, such as replacement taps and new towels, can upgrade a tired, old bathroom as well.

Don’t fall for fads

It might be tempting to go for the latest trendy piece of furniture but, interior design fashions come and go. At the very best, your home will look dated; at the worst, it can look over the top. You might think that stripy flamingo couch looks kitsch and edgy right now, but after a few seasons, it could look odd and out of place. Obviously, if you like that kind of aesthetic for your home, then go ahead. But don’t buy furniture purely based on it being in fashion. This is especially important with features that are used daily, and you want to be long lasting, such as your plumbing or LVT flooring.

Do choose a statement piece

Every room needs one statement piece; a unique feature to make an impact. This could be an oversized chair in a bright colour, a striking art print, a fluffy rug on your wooden flooring – anything that will make visitors comment whenever they enter the room. If your statement piece is in a bold hue, you might want to clash it with the rest of the room to make even more of an impact; or, you could add subtle splashes of its colour throughout the room for a more cohesive and consistent theme. Don’t be afraid to spend a bit more on your statement piece. It is, after all, the focal point of the room.

Don’t stretch your budget

It’s all very well creating a unique home aesthetic that makes you feel inspired, but it will lose its appeal very quickly if it gets you into debt. Create a monthly or yearly budget for your interior décor and if you can’t adhere to it in the present moment, then wait until next month or next year. Try not to sacrifice essentials, such as flooring and electrics, in favour of less important finishing touches. Unless you’re planning on selling your property soon, there’s no rush. See the creation of your home environment as a long-term project; that way, you’re less likely to overspend in the moment.

Chloe Miller

Chloe Miller, with a Bachelor’s in Interior Design from the New York School of Interior Design, has been an expert in home decor and design trends for 15 years. She joined our website in 2021, offering her expertise in space optimization, color schemes, and sustainable decor. Chloe’s prior experience includes working with interior design firms and as a freelance consultant. She is a DIY enthusiast and enjoys upcycling furniture in her spare time.

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