Written by a certified redesign specialist, this eBook teaches you how to use budget-friendly interior design to transform the place you live into a place you love. The Redesign Toolkit provides everything you need to complete your home improvement projects, including budget and style guides, space planning tools, money-saving tips and much more.
Finding Your Style
If someone were to ask you what your style is, would your pulse race and
your palms sweat? If so, you’re not alone. Many people think that
speaking intelligently about style requires an intricate knowledge of
neo-classic, post-modernistic eighteenth century industrial
Let’s demystify style, because understanding basic styles will help
you determine your room preferences. You want to confidently select the
furnishings, treatments and finishing touches that will make you
comfortable and inspired to enjoy your room’s purpose—whether
that’s playing with your children, sharing your creativity with the
world, or spending time in peaceful solitude.
How do you want your space to feel when it’s finished?
Style helps create a mood, so do you want a room that feels classy? Fun?
Beautiful? Feminine? Masculine? Elegant? Relaxing? Motivational?
Metaphysically ambivalent? (Caught me...I threw the last one in to see
if you’re paying attention.)
Who will be using the space and for what purpose?
A room’s style can contribute or detract from its intended use. For
instance, if your room will be used as a teenage hangout, then a formal
style might not be the best choice.
Will the room be shared by people with contrasting needs and tastes?
If you are redesigning a shared space, such as a master bedroom, and you
and your bedroom companion disagree on matters of style, then finding
middle ground is the best strategy to prevent what should be a room of
peace and love from becoming a battleground.
For additional insight into your style, look within. Look within your
closet, your jewelry box, and the other rooms of your home, that is.
Your clothing, jewelry and furniture choices can indicate whether you
prefer clean and simple, or detailed and ornate. This technique can also
shed light on your color preferences. If your wardrobe consists of muted
colors and conservative articles, you probably won’t feel comfortable
in a room with a bold, bright color and style.
Excerpted from "The Redesign Toolkit: A DIY Guide to Budget-Friendly Interior Design" by Michele Schweppe. Copyright © 2016 by Michele Schweppe. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Excerpts are provided solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
In my 20s, I was fortunate to attend one of the nation’s top interior design schools, Design Institute of San Diego. Through this experience I fell deep in love with design. However, a series of “life happens” events put my formal design education on hold until recent years, when I became certified as an International Staging & Redesign Professional (ISRP).
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