What is styling and how can it improve your life?
There are many words designers and custom home building professionals use that are confusing or misunderstood. Designer Words provides a perspective on these words and what they mean in the context of the home design, renovation and decor industry.
Skilled designers know styling takes a home renovation from good to wow. Unfortunately, this essential step is often undervalued or misunderstood by homeowners.
That’s a shame, because having your belongings organized in a visually pleasing way allows you to enjoy them instead of being overwhelmed by them.
Planning for this phase of a project is essential so that funds and energy are set aside for final work to set the mood and atmosphere in a space.
Stopping a project before styling it is like selecting a fabulous dress and then skipping the hair and jewellery on the night you wear it out.
Style to enjoy your belongs
At Form Interiors we’ve found the styling process is most effective when it combines a client’s existing items and new ones chosen to accent the finishes and furnishings of the newly designed space. The blend is important because not all objects relate to one another in a visually pleasing way in terms of scale, colour or line.
Bringing in new elements helps bridge the gap.
Some components of styling can be planned as part of the design process, like accent pillows, drapery or the location of key artwork or collections.
Other elements will reveal themselves as a project evolves such as art and decor placement, plants, flowers, accent tables, or objet like candles, books, vases, trays and sculpture.
Any item that must be part of a completed room should be considered in the design phase of a project so that space is planned and organized for it from the outset. For example, art can be part of the design process, or part of the styling process depending on how important particular pieces are to the homeowners.
Style for better quality of life
The visual element of styling is straightforward to grasp, but there is another side to it that can actually make your day-to-day experience a little easier. A well-styled space is also very easy to live in because it’s efficient.
This is where the priorities and values of each client drive the agenda. For example, families might find woven or felted baskets both beautiful to look at and very functional as a place to catch mittens, hats and scarves in a busy mudroom.
An avid cyclist without garage space might need to use the hallway to store a bike. How that that storage is planned makes the different between elevating the bike as art, or clutter.
In each case, the styling items are derived from the lifestyle needs and priorities of the homeowner and these are going to be different in nearly every situation.
What areas of your home are visually overwhelming? Are you open to adjusting the way you set them up, or does the home need to change to meet your needs?
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