Creating a cohesive home is no easy feat. As our styles and fashion senses change over the years, the architecture of our house usually doesn’t, unless we’re interested in undertaking some serious work and putting down some serious cash. So how can you bring your outside design, inside your home as well? Here are our top tips for creating a cohesive design throughout your home.
If you’re home has period features then it’s important to match the interior of your home to its exterior and any inside features, such as detailed cornices, light fittings, etc. You mightn’t think your home has much character but even homes built in the 70’s or earlier should have their own particular style throughout the exterior and interior to match.
If your home was built in the 50’s, 60’s or 70’s you might want to consider some retro furniture pieces to match the detailing of your home. Any earlier and you should consider furniture from the decade or reproductions in that style. Of course you don’t have to go all out and have everything match, but just one or two pieces can really enhance the architectural appeal and style of your home.
Bring the Outside In
Whether your home has period features or not, you’ll still want to bring in some outside elements to your home. Your landscaping should match the features of your home just as it should match your interior. You wouldn’t create the same garden for a 1920’s cottage as you would for a modern home built today. The same goes for your interiors.
Take Inspiration from Anywhere
Your design inspiration doesn’t always have to come from other interior designs. As the layout of your home should be cohesive throughout and include your garden, architecture and interior, it’s important to find elements from the outside world that fit your style. Find inspiration from prolific architects as well as interior designers and landscapers to fit the style and era of your home in order to achieve a cohesive design throughout.
When the Exterior isn’t Cohesive
Much of the time we find ourselves in homes where design and cohesiveness is made extra tricky by extensions being added much later to the home. If you’re in a 1920’s cottage with a modern extension added on the side or around the back, the best thing you can do is to embrace the style differences. Find décor and furniture that complement each other while complimenting each area of your home, no matter its era or function. This is often easier said than done but in this case it’s actually more important than ever to bring your home together in a cohesive effort as homes like these are easier to create a mismatched look in.
I hope these tips have been helpful and start you off on the right path to creating a cohesive look throughout your home, including your build, interior and garden. Good luck and get designing.