It’s New Year’s Eve, so the time when we all make resolutions for the coming year. I’ve now been editor of These Three Rooms for nine months, so thought I’d reflect on this happy time. Here’s what I’ve learned during my time here (which is thankfully not over yet!). I thought my design resolutions might also inspire you.
Interior design ideas: I started the role with a lot of them. I was very specific about what I loved: minimalist, modern, neutral decor with a luxe touch. We’re talking white handleless kitchens, brass and gold accents, crystal door knobs, all neutrals, minimalism… But being bombarded with gorgeous interiors press releases all day changes your style – well, a bit. I’ve learned to appreciate all kinds of different styles, from maximalist to Shaker. So here are my styling resolutions to live by…
1. Interior design ideas: Know what your core style is
OK, so I’ll probably always be Little Miss Minimalist, and that’s fine. Neutral colours make me feel calm and zen, and I’ll always prioritise plain over print and clarity over clutter. But knowing what your core style is when it comes to interior design ideas doesn’t mean you can’t experiment. You’re not betraying your true self by branching out a little! You only have one life, so why not be a little adventurous? Even if it confirms to you that you’re actually happy sticking with what you know and love.
2. Don’t be afraid of colour
Maybe, like me, you think you don’t like interior design ideas involving colour. But maybe you do: you just haven’t found the right colour palette yet? For example, my home was wall-to-wall neutrals until I discovered this dining table and chair set in John Lewis. Sadly they’re no longer available, but I can’t imagine life without them now. They add a gorgeous pop of colour to my kitchen (which, I confess, is white and handleless…)
3. Resolve to appreciate interior design ideas you don’t love
Before I became editor of These Three Rooms, I was like ‘Yuk yuk yuk, dark rooms!’. I was all about light and bright and airy vibes. But now I can appreciate the stately elegance of interior design ideas featuring anthracite or navy. Likewise, I was all about the minimalism, but these days I can look like an image like the one below and realise it’s gorgeous.
4. Experiment with different textures
You know what was a huge surprise to me this year? I discovered I love wall panelling! And that even though I skew modern when it comes to interior design ideas, I love the traditional aspects of my Victorian house. I’m talking cornicing, coving and antique architraves. So be openminded about trying new textures (well, new styles in general). And if you don’t have those features in your house and would like them? You can always cheat and install them (I won’t tell anyone!)
5. Crush on social media platforms for interior design ideas
This year, I learned to love Pinterest. I found it hard to get to grips with at first, to the extent that I asked our content creator Irina to manage our account on it! But you know what? There are so many amazing ideas on there, and on Instagram too. Browsing them will really help you hone your design sense and learn what you like and what you don’t. It’s all a journey, my friends, so have fun and don’t be afraid to take risks – most mistakes can be undone. Happy New Year!
So, we hope you enjoyed this feature on interior design ideas. If, like Ariane, you also love minimalist design, then you’ll enjoy our interview with influencer Faye Winter.