Translating Your Fashion Preferences To Interior Design Style

Translating Your Fashion Preferences To Interior Design Style

(This week we feature an article from guest contributor Brian Wilson on the inter-connection of fashion and interior design. Are you an interior design classicist with an ultra modern fashion sense? Typically, no. I’d love to hear how you categorize your style (both fashion and interior design). My tendencies and tastes tend toward the mid-century modern with its clean lines, occasional pops of color, and use of modern materials. As for fashion, I’m partial to John Varvatos and Freemans Sporting Club. Weird, right? Read on for Brian’s thoughts on interpreting your interior design style from your fashion preferences. -RJ Diaz)

Translating Your Fashion Preferences To Interior Design Style

by Brian Wilson

When planning the interior design of your home, it can be difficult to pinpoint an exact style, while still maintaining the right blend of form and function. Properly conveying your own vision for all of the rooms in your home is not just a minor difficulty—many spend decades (or even their entire lives) working at the concept of personal fashion within their home and never quite getting it right.

Where do you start? Luckily, the high end of  home renovation revolve almost entirely around translating fashion into function, while fledgling home stylists will most likely find no shortage of tips, guides, and general inspiration on the home design process, offered up by everyone from longstanding industry giants to a seemingly endless supply of personal remodeling blogs.

The following tips will aim to provide a rundown of things to keep in mind when taking on your first substantive remodels, as well as some beginner’s mistakes to look out for and avoid. Follow along to gain some insights from vetted industry pros, and save yourself the headache of having to learn from the hard way from the same mistakes.

Know Your Own Style

You may be surprised to find how much easier said than done this core facet of design can be—without knowing yourself, how can you know the ins and out of an end product during the design process?

Pre-owned homes often have a visual history of past interior design motifs and pet projects, so if you’re looking to overhaul an older property and give it a fresh start, scoping out remodeling efforts from the past may prove to be a useful strategy.

Additionally, looking over your own recent history of tastes, personal fashion, and more can be an important process in gaining a conscious idea of what exactly it is you’re going for—this can also provide a perspective on the design qualities you enjoy in the long term and help to avoid you basing your motif on flavor of the month interests or sensibilities.

Assess Your Interior

People often underestimate the long and short of their interior’s overall potential—this can be a bad idea in any situation. Knowing a room’s limitations can be just as important as knowing how much It can be innovated.

While making creative use of smaller spaces can prove to be incredible, you’ll want to try and avoid injecting furniture suited for a grand hall into a studio apartment, cramming a living room couch into a bedroom, etc.

Avoid stifling your own creative process, but a good rule of thumb can also be to try and view rooms as though they are puzzles to be solved.

About the Author:

Brian Wilson is a contributing writer and media specialist for the North American Moving Blog. He regularly produces content for a variety of lifestyle and home blogs, based around the transitional challenges which comes with migrating, settling into new homes, and more.

About the Author:

Brian Wilson is a contributing writer and media specialist for the North American Moving Blog. He regularly produces content for a variety of lifestyle and home blogs, based around the transitional challenges which comes with migrating, settling into new homes, and more.

About the Editor:

RJ Diaz is a renovation and remodeling construction management executive in New York City. RJ is passionate about high quality, well-crafted construction and started RenovatingNYC in 2010 to share news and information specific to the industry as well as profile the best resources essential for a project’s success. For advice about your own renovation or remodeling plans, preliminary cost estimates and project opportunities, please contact RJ using the form below.