Mar 19, 2019 By Thomasville
As you exit a room, do you ever find yourself taking a quick moment to look back? If so, what’s the reason? Are you looking back in pride, silently gloating at your uncanny interior design efforts? Or, do you glance back with your head slightly askew because there’s something about the space that just isn’t quite right? If it’s the latter, you might have a room that lacks cohesion with the rest of your home. Every room in your home should immediately make sense to a person walking inside it for the first time. But sometimes they feel unfinished or disorganized, like a hodge-podge of different ideas crammed together into a single space. If you have a room (or two) in your home that feels this way, here are a few ideas to design a more cohesive home.
Make a Whole Home Plan
If you’re like most people, you decorate your kitchen one year, your living room the next. And then you wait a few years before getting to the bathroom, that spare bedroom, and that one space you’re not quite sure what to do with. That’s not necessarily a problem in and of itself. But it can create a style gap between your existing spaces that makes your home feel slightly disorganized and divided. To fix this, make a whole-home interior design plan to showcase specific colors, fabrics, and finishes within each room of your home. That doesn’t mean you make everything match to the point that every room looks the same. That would be an even graver interior design sin. What it does mean is that you find elements that carry over from room to room. It might be something as subtle as a singular color that unites your home. Whatever it is, your design decisions should fit within your whole-home plan moving forward.
Mix Old and New
Another common cohesion problem is that one room (usually the most recently decorated) looks too modern in relation to the rest of your home. The furniture and décor are brand new, but the rest of your home looks more weathered and lived-in in comparison. Instead of taking this piecemeal approach with your interior design, mix and match antique items with modern pieces throughout your home. Doing so creates a balance in every room and a more cohesive flow from room to room. This usually means avoiding sets of furniture and instead pairing old chairs with a modern table in your dining room. Or, you can try mixing a traditional sofa with brand-new, updated chair in your living room. This approach lets you to design over time and allows you to move entire pieces from room to room, as you see fit.
Find Your Unique Style
Your design style makes your home unique. But when you don’t fully understand your style preferences, your home will either look like a copycat of someone else’s. Or, it will feel completely disjointed from one room to the next. You don’t have to pigeonhole yourself into just one style, but you should be aware of what you like and what design styles those interests tend to fit. Maybe your design style is a little bit modern and a little bit farmhouse. That’s fine. Be aware of that and make your home the most beautiful modern farmhouse around. Find furniture and shop for décor that fits within those styles and try not to deviate too much from room to room. This makes furniture shopping and interior decorating much easier. And your home will benefit from better flow and increased cohesion the moment you find your style.
You want to love your home. And that means taking pride in every room. So, the next time you leave a room, look back and ask yourself what purpose it serves. If you’re unsure based on the furniture and décor that’s there, make a whole-home plan, mix and match furniture, and find your unique style to create better cohesion within your home.