Home design shouldn’t only be about what’s on trend. A home reflects the emotions and lifestyle of its user. Follow your heart and let your space be a reflection of who you are. You’ll find that some home decor pieces furnish the home, while others define it. To create a space full of intimacy and meaning, here are tips on the best home decor based on your personality.
The strategic thinker
Minimalist design demands maximum precision. Whether you’re a no-nonsense professional, powerful executive or a natural leader, add hints of blue in a clean, minimalistic home to boost focus and mental strength. This popular colour represents trust, logic and efficiency. Blue-hued items are also the perfect representation of comfort and urban chic.
White-on-white can be tricky — it can easily look clinical. Done right it gives a clean, romantic and airy ambience. The best way to do this is by balancing off-white with cream and linen hues, together with beautiful floral arrangements.
White-on-white can be tricky — it can easily look clinical. Done right it gives a clean, romantic and airy ambience. The best way to do this is by balancing off-white with cream and linen hues, together with beautiful floral arrangements. This adds rich character to any room. Vintage has also taken a delicate and sophisticated turn with soft colours and incredibly detailed patterns. Take inspiration from baroque-style designs as seen in the Versailles lounge chair or the Chester vase.
The mystical introvert
If the thought of bold colours in your home makes you feel anxious, don’t worry: use muted colours that make you feel at ease. Earthy neutrals provide a great way to introduce subtle colour into muted schemes, helping you put together an inviting, warming and calming place. They’re also incredibly versatile and don’t just work brilliantly for minimalistic, Scandinavian-inspired homes. Combined with rich plush textiles and matched with sleek woods, muted tones can create a sophisticated ambience that will rock the senses. Also, velvet pieces are extremely versatile and perfect for both casual and formal settings. They also create a cosy feel in winter – the perfect ambience for curling up and enjoying a good book.
The Dubai socialite
Wherever there’s a crowd, you’re always under the spotlight. To reflect your charismatic and outgoing spirit, go bold or go home (or, in this case, bring bold into your home). This doesn’t mean over-designing, though. The goal is to liven up a living space by adding curated statement pieces. Graphic design elements like geometrics, lines and triangles instantly modernise your space and can be used in a variety of applications. A punch of pattern is also the perfect way to add interest and depth to any room.
Being a bookworm reflects your thirst for knowledge. For the avid reader, a user-friendly bookcase is ever more important. Paired with tones of grey and silver, they complement a full spectrum of shades and a myriad of decorating styles.
The entrepreneurial creative
If you truly enjoy living on the edge, lighting is the perfect way to show off your special design sensibility. Show-stopping lighting fixtures are statement pieces and make for some very unique decorative contrasts. Yellow can also stimulate creativity, and is best suited to bring hints of quirkiness to your space.
The family man
For you the best times are probably spent around a kitchen table with family and friends. These communal kitchen icons that are made to accommodate different occasions will no doubt earn a space in your heart. Brass finishes dominate the kitchen scene for their glamorous and polished vibes. Instead of very reflective ones, muted, satin or brushed tones are warmer and more elegant.
For the love of the great outdoors
We’ve seen dramatic tropical leaf prints on the runways from the likes of Prada and Marc Jacobs – not only is the print impactful, but it also works well throughout the home with a green hue as well. Greenery, Pantone’s colour of the year, helps imitate and incorporate outdoor vibes when combined with warm wood tones. These jungle-inspired prints and items would surely match your restless and adventurous quality.
Narita Mangaran is interior design manager of Indigo Living. The views expressed here are her own.