I’m looking for the perfect interior design for our home. If you’ve been following me on Twitter, or even reading the blog from time to time, you know that my husband and I are re-modeling our condo. I am so, so excited about this! I bought the condo back in 2008, and while it was in good condition, it needed some work. Over the past few years, we have done some work to the unit, but now that our baby is coming, we have decided that it’s now or never for the re-model. So we have selected our new floors, decided on some bathroom upgrades, some other additions such as new sliding doors, a window bench, closet organizers and we made some changes to the kitchen as well. More on that later 😉
But what has been super frustrating about this process is that while we are ready to get all of this done–and I want it done before I am too big and tired–we are being stalled by building management, who won’t approve anything until both elevators are up and running. Sometime in April. Which means, May. And I am due in early August. You see why I’m frustrated right?
But, after a fruitless trip to Ikea to order some large items like a kitchen cabinet and a new desk for me, I have accepted that this is going to happen when it happens. My frustration isn’t going to change that. Nor is my raging at the state of the world because Covid has made this even more complicated. Get this: Ikea is literally out of stock of many of items such as desks, kitchen cabinets and probably more because at the beginning of this pandemic, they weren’t able to get in materials or manufacture items. And they are still, a year later, catching up! So we have to wait six months or more for these items to come back in stock. Six months. Or more.
My husband and I decided therefore, to get in the floors, do what we can do in terms of our re-model and then get in the kitchen cabinet and so forth. We might look at other retailers of course, but no raging at the world.
So, I started looking at interior design styles. Let’s chat about them shall we?
Interior Design Styles
Naturally, there are many styles when it comes to interior design and not every one is going to suit your taste. For instance modern and industrial styles make me gag. Other styles like transitional or Scandinavian are less offensive to me, but don’t exactly excite me. Minimalist is what I thought I would like, but actually, it’s not the one that makes my heart sing. So what styles do I like and what will I embrace as we go into this re-model? Only perfect interior design styles for me please!
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Secretly at heart, I am little boho when it comes to style. I like tops with with ruffles and poofy sleeves, embroidered edges and long, sashaying skirts. This style doesn’t suit my body type at all, but I love it nevertheless. And for the the home, I love the richness of colour and pattern this style provides, the natural feel of the plants and rattan chairs–for me, it is super soothing and pleasing to the eye. Since our floors are going to be very neutral, I would love to bring in a carpet that has some texture and I had already planned on showcasing our plants more in the living area. No rattan chairs for us as my husband hates the look and our pet bunny would chew the chairs endlessly, but I think splashing a bit of this aesthetic into the living area will be possible.
Think of the type of decor you might have seen in the 1940s-1970s. It was fussy free, functional and sometimes took advantage of organic shapes. Did you see Annabelle Comes Home? Think of the style in the home in that movie. You’ll notice tapered legs on chairs and tables, and sometimes bold colours. I already have this style in part in my living area, my sofa and arm chair are very functional, square and have legs that suit this style. So it makes sense to continue with this style in the living area, and I think that can easily be accomplished by the purchase of a contrasting arm chair. Since my sofa and matching arm chair are blue, I might go with a more neutral colour. With a textured carpet underneath and living plants, I think I can blend boho and mid-century. But I’m not an interior designer, so I might be completely wrong. This is likely the most perfect interior design style for our home.
So if you have been inside Ikea, you’ve seen a lot of this style. It’s all about comfort, and uses light colours, natural lighting, functional furniture and sleek surfaces like natural coloured wood or even plastic and metal. Interesting lines are also typical of this style. It’s simple, but both soothing and beautiful. When colour is used in the Scandinavian style, it’s usually in pops–think pillows, throws and maybe a single piece of furniture. I think we will be bringing in some furniture pieces in this style, such as brand new shelving units and I think they will be subtle and tie in nicely with the mid-century modern and touches of boho.
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As for Decor….
I have had a lot of my decor items since I moved into this condo. That was way before my husband and I even met. My style has certainly changed a lot–originally I went very traditional in my chose of furniture and decor. As much as I love some of the decor pieces that have survived–such as my elephants–I have really been embracing other styles and think that after twelve years, I am due to upgrade my decor. We don’t want a lot of knick-knacky decor pieces, and the plants will certainly do a lot in terms of stylizing, but I will likely get a few pieces that match our aesthetic and home. Am I excited about this? I am not just excited, I’m stoked! This is the part I am most looking forward to. Needless to say, I cannot wait to get things under way.
Of the three styles I mentioned, which is more to your taste? What is your perfect interior design style? Share in the comments below!