If you have ever wanted to create more of a design style in your home that reflects who you are, this is for you!
Interior Design is an important factor in each and every home on your block. Some are put together and some are more so thrown together with the owners favorites and is completely them. There’s nothing wrong with either! When you walk into a home and the interior design is on point for the owners personality it feels complete and there is a peace about the home.
Whether you are starting with a blank slate, or working on a make ove there is ample opportunity! The first thing to do is to figure out what you need and want in your home’s interior design. It is also good to see what your preferences are in home aesthetics.
Mr. Kate, a YouTube Influencer and more, has a great quiz to help you find your own aesthetic. After taking Mr. Kate’s quiz, you’ll be provided with a break down of the aesthetics that fit your style best!
Lets get into it a little more! The following are the top 6 home aesthetics briefly explained ranging across the board. Now, there are plenty more! These are just a few to give you an idea of some of the more popular home aesthetics.
1. Modern Aesthetic
The Modern Aesthetic consists of a simple colour pallet, crisp and clean lines, and minimalistic materials like simple and clean metals and also glass. It is a very simple aesthetic with little clutter or accessories.
2. Contemporary Aesthetic
The Contemporary Aesthetic can be confused with Modern, but in reality they are completely different. Contemporary style is fluid throughout recent history and can represent current design with a less strict adherence to a single style alone.
3. Farm House / Rustic Aesthetic
The Rustic, or Farm House inspired, Aesthetic is a very natural aesthetic. Nature is a strong inspiration and rough and naturally finished materials like woods and stones create a warm feel with the earthy tones.
4. Mid-Century Modern Aesthetic
The Mid-Century Modern Aesthetic is a design based in the 1950’s and 60’s with a strong retro nostalgia with some minimalistic elements. Functionality was a huge theme throughout the aesthetic. Mid-Century Modern also creates a beautiful and nearly seamless transitions between indoor and out door living.
5. Scandinavian Aesthetic
Paying homage to the simplicity of the Nordic culture, the Scandinavian Aesthetic uses simple and understated themes, although no less artful. All white color pallets with some natural elements continue through the aesthetic’s simplistic nature, and the spacious, naturally lit, clean, functional and minimal are main characteristics.
6. Bohemian Aesthetic
The Bohemian Aesthetic carries through the carefree lifestyle to follow your hearts desire and this style really allows almost anything as long as you love it. Vintage pieces, along with globally inspired textiles, and collective displays, are all objects and statement pieces that work well within this eclectic aesthetic.
Designing the interior of your home so that it is functional and also pleasing – the aesthetic – is an art! When done well, there are many benefits to it, but its not as easy as it sounds! The first aspect of importance to note are the 7 elements of interior design that should be considered when planning out your space.
The 7 Elements of Interior Design
What is the actual space of the room you are designing? What do you physically have room for? Planning for this element is essential, because it – normally – can’t be changed easily. Interior design deals with three dimensional space, meaning there is the length of the room, the width of the room as well as the height of the room that you will have to work with.
Within the space, positive space (space that has something in it) and negative space (empty space/space between object) need to be balanced for the needs and functionality of the room as well as the pleasing aesthetic that is desired. Each home aesthetic varies on how much positive and negative space is given for the design of the room.
The “lines” of a room are formed by any and all objects that will be placed within the space along with the structural form. Vertical, horizontal, and dynamic lines guide the eye, which create different feelings and focal points. Balancing these lines and using them to your advantage will help to convey the desired feelings of the room.
Horizontal lines can make the room appear wider/longer. Vertical lines (door/window frames) can make the room look taller than it is in reality and also open the room up. Dynamic lines (diagonal, zig zag, or curved) like in showcasing stairways, can give the room energy, and movement.
Form constitutes the overall shape of the room and the objects within the room. One important aspect of form is the proportionality of the space and objects in the space. Repeating a dominate form throughout the space being designed normally will be more pleasing.
The lighting of the space you are designing is crucial, whether it is natural light or man-made, and is broken into categories of task lighting, accent lighting, and mood lighting. Functionality is very dependent on light which is why taking into account what the space could or will be used for is essential.
Colours used within a space has enormous power in that it has the ability to create mood, define unity, and alter the perception of the space itself. Depending on the other elements of design used and structural forms, you may have different options to enhance the room in such a way to impact the complete aesthetic of the space.
This element of interior design is often overlooked, but has the ability to bring a unique dimension to the space. With visual and actual textures of furniture, accessories, fabrics, and more, texture can add another layer of detail making the design even more visually pleasing.
In conjunction with color and texture, pattern can add appeal to a room, but the size of the space, the desired feeling and much more must be taken into account. Too much, and it can be overwhelming!
- For more information on these 7 elements of interior design visit The Interior Design Academy website where they have some more in-depth information on this topic.
Keeping in mind those 7 elements of design, beginning with the largest, most focal piece/object of/in the room creates an easy first step to get you going on your space. In the living room this might be the sofa or couch, in the dining room – I bet you can guess – the dining table and chairs, in a bedroom, the bed frame, etc. Paint can also be your best friend because of the dramatic difference and impact it can have and create in your space.
Decorating a home is no small feat, especially if you are starting from scratch. Giving yourself a good pace that is acceptable for you and your life is important. You do not have to have everything in the first week! Spread it out and allow yourself some time to really find what you love! Being able to be you in your space as well as having it reflect you is an important aspect of creating a home for yourself and your family.
Comment below to share what your main aesthetic Mr. Kate thought was you!
Did you find that she was right or close to what you do prefer in a home aesthetic?!