What’s your design personality? | Toronto Sun

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Plus, tips on incorporating more than one style

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Scandinavian, industrial, mid-century modern and farmhouse are just a few of countless décor styles. You may already know your design style but if you don’t, how can you discover the one that best defines your personality and why is knowing your style helpful?

“One of the first things I suggest is to take a closer look at your wardrobe and take into consideration the colours that you gravitate towards,” Brandon Lange, creative director and principal designer of BZ Interiors in Toronto, says of defining your interior design style.

“Or you can think about retail clothing stores that you enjoy shopping at. Think about both the clothes they provide as well as the look and feel of the store. These will offer clues to the colours, tones or details you’re drawn to in your interior environments, too.”

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If you dress in streamlined cuts and limited colours, for instance, your interior design style is likely modern or minimalist, Lange explains.

He also suggests exploring magazines and social media platforms. “What colours, moods or patterns are you seeing?” he asks.

“What starts to become common among the images? Is it casual? Or more formal?” When trying to define your interior design style, understanding the general types of styles can be helpful, Lange adds. He offers a primer:

  • Clean lines and sleek finishes with occasional pops of colour.
  • Classic shapes, functional pieces and a more formal aesthetic.
  • A blend between modern and traditional.
  • Pared back and focused on the essentials.

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As you browse through magazines and social media platforms like Pinterest, you should start to see similarities in the types of images you’re drawn to, which will inform your style, says Eugenia Triandos, principal designer at Montreal-based Hibou Design & Co.

“Always consider your lifestyle, preferences and the atmosphere you want in your home and play with the types of styles you’ve selected to find the ideal pieces for your space.”

Amanda Shields, creative director and principal designer at Amanda Shields Interiors in Newmarket, says choosing a design style for your home involves exploring inspiration sources, considering your lifestyle and reflecting on your personal taste.

She also recommends assessing your existing space, gathering samples and creating mood boards, seeking professional advice if needed, and allowing for experimentation and evolution.

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“It’s a personal journey that requires trust in your instincts and taking the time to create a space that feels authentic to your individuality,” Shields says.

There are benefits to having a defined style. “Once you have a defined style or taste for your space, it’s easier to provide cohesion and have clarity when making design decisions – meaning curating furniture, accessories and colour palettes becomes that much easier and everything will complement each other,” says Triandos.

But you can end up with too much of a good thing. “While embracing a particular style is crucial for creating a cohesive look in your home, it’s important to avoid going overboard, as it can result in a space that feels overly matchy-matchy and loses the essence of the style itself,” Shields says.

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While it’s possible to incorporate more than one style, incorporating elements from multiple design styles requires skill, she warns. “It’s crucial to identify which aspects of each style you want to include, such as the colour palette, furniture style or patterns. The goal is to create a cohesive look, so maintaining a consistent colour palette is essential.”

Shields suggests choosing one style as the dominant style and adding touches from other styles that complement each other well.

“Avoid going overboard in one direction or the other and strive to achieve a good balance between the different styles,” she says. “It may take some practice and keen observation to recognize this balance effectively.”

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Triandos also advises caution when incorporating more than one style and says social media platforms can again prove helpful. “While blending multiple styles is possible, it requires some careful consideration to maintain harmony and balance in contrasting elements,” she says.

“If you do opt for this, try to find inspiration online for the two specific styles you’d like to blend and see how others have previously selected pieces from those defined design styles for you to apply the same techniques at home.”


Tips on working with a designer

When collaborating with a designer, clearly communicate your vision, preferences and budget constraints from the outset, advises Eugenia Triandos of Hibou Design & Co. “Trust their expertise and be open to their suggestions while maintaining honest and open communication throughout the process,” she says.

“If disagreements arise, it’s always best to address them promptly and constructively to find a mutual solution. Remember that compromise may be necessary at times, but ultimately, the goal is to create a space that reflects your style and meets your needs.”

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