The choices you make in decorating your home reflect a lot on your personality and your lifestyle. Adding personal style to home design adds a sense of warmth to any living space.

Following trends can be refreshing, but it may distract you from getting in touch with your personal style. Here are a few tips to follow to prevent blindly buying into trends,

Likes and Dislikes

Determine these two things by browsing home décor magazines or walking through showrooms. Do you prefer big, comfortable couches over smaller sofa sets? Which texture of carpets and rugs appeals to you? Do you find glass-topped tables difficult or wonderful?

By looking through the array of choices available and figuring out what appeals to you, you can narrow down your likes and dislikes. You can use this as a guide later on, when forming the base of your design aesthetics.

Color Palette

Color plays a huge factor in any design. Take the time to figure out how different colors make your feel and create a color palette around that. Surrounding yourself with colors that are specifically suited to your temperament is a great way to hone-in on your style.

For example, if the color purple brightens up your day, opt for a purple Christmas tree for the coming holidays. It’s unique and adds an instant pop of color into any room.

Passions

Bring your passion into play. If you love to travel, incorporate the various knick-knacks and souvenirs you’ve collected during your trips. By doing so, you surround yourself with the things you love the most and this creates a relaxed, homey vibe in your living space.

If you’re not into collecting souvenirs, use items that remind you of the destinations you’ve been to. For instance, you can recreate that memorable beach escapade by adding palm trees to a corner of a room. Place small stones at its base and relive the fun, warmth of summer no matter the time of year.

Experiment

Nothing helps you learn more about yourself than the thrill of trying something new for the first time. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different furnishings and styles. Trying them out in your living space is the only you can really tell if something works for you; and if it doesn’t, you can replace the décor with something else.

Most importantly, have fun. By discovering your personal style, you can tackle any design projects in the future.

The colors you see every day affects your mood, with each color triggering a different emotional response. Red, for example, is known to increase energy and aggression, while yellow releases a feel-good chemical (serotonin) that instantly lifts your mood—much like how exposure to light and sunshine boosts happiness levels.

Since colors play such a vital role in setting the mood, it’s only natural to harness this into your home decorating plans. By tapping into the mood potential of colors, you can design your home to become a comfortable sanctuary attuned to your personality.

Complementary Colors

Colors complement each other, so use complementary colors when deciding on a color for a room. Too much of a single color can be overbearing to the senses. So mix and match to suit the needs of a room.

For instance, orange is a warm hue and spaces painted in a warm orange tend to look more inviting. However, too much orange, especially the kind mixed with a lot of red can be overwhelming. Tone it down with a kind of blue that complements the orange shade. Blue is a calming color and will detract any of the harshness from the orange

Personal Palette

Everyone differs on how colors affect them. Red may incite feelings of aggression in another, while another may feel a heightened sense of passion. Ensure that the colors you use are in sync with your personality by creating a personal color palette and using it in your home.

You can do this by sitting down with a bunch of color swatches and evaluating how each of the colors affects you. Keep a list of all the colors that are pleasing to you and work your color palette around that. If you live with your family, show them the colors you’ve chosen and ask them to evaluate how the colors make them feel as well. Since you’re all living together, the colors should be pleasing for everyone.

Have fun adding color to your home. You can either repaint entire walls, or just add little pops of color through furniture or wall accents. As long as the colors you choose work harmoniously with your mood, there’s no way you can go wrong with your home design.

Summer evokes relaxing getaways with family and friends. While not everyone can afford out-of-town vacations, it’s easy to enjoy the refreshing ambiance of the season right in the comfort of the home.

Accentuate your porch

Summer is all about an inviting entryway for outdoor tea time or al fresco dining. Accessorize your porch with potted artificial palm trees in a corner or beside a porch swing or day bed. Plant some cactus in pots and make a terrarium in an aquarium bowl to decorate the porch table. Hang a wreath with bright flowers on the door.

Flaunt vibrant colors and patterns

A fresh coat of paint in bright colors instantly creates a fresh atmosphere. Repaint furniture, walls, doors, and fences in summer hues like yellows and oranges, or cool blues and greens. White is also a favorite as it serves as a perfect backdrop to other decorations.

Choose throw pillow covers, curtains, and beddings in light colors. Look for fun stripes or botanic prints that represent the season like flowers, insects, birds, or beach themes like boats, fishes, and the sea. Bring out brightly colored dishes, too!

Go for light material

For fabrics or furniture, opt for those made of light materials. Sheer or gauzy fabric that flows with every slight breeze is your best choice for curtains. This also works for table cloths and bed covers, but you can also lay a sheer cloth over them to establish a wispy feel.

Instead of heavy wooden furnishing, bring out wicker furniture or metal table and chair sets painted in white. These are ideal for porches or patios at this time of the year.

Let nature in

Revel in the invigorating outdoor ambiance by bringing in hints of nature. Embellish windows with potted plants and fill vases with fresh, colorful flowers. Create a table centerpiece of flowers set on floral foam in a basket or arrange oranges, lemons, and apples on a layered crystal dish. If you have a green thumb, put up a small indoor garden of potted herbs like rosemary and basil on a kitchen sill or a window box.

Bring in natural vibe by using furnishings made of natural materials like bamboo wall décor or framing up pictures or paintings of landscapes. And to complete that comforting feel, purchase scented candles for some aromatherapy.

Bring in the beach

Imagining yourself lounging on the beach? Create a beach retreat in your living room by replacing some of your sofa chairs with a lounge chair made of natural material. Pair it up with some wicker chairs or a side table and you can relax indoors on a hot summer day.

You don’t have to travel or overhaul your home to fully appreciate what summer has to offer. Simple tweaks to home design like additional decorations and modest renovations are enough to create a fresh look.

Red, white, and blue are the colors of patriotism for many Americans especially when Independence Day rolls in. The 4th of July is the perfect time to transform your home into a stylish display of American pride. Though this special day is only celebrated once a year, simple changes to home design can instill a festive atmopshere that befits the occasion. Here are some home decoration ideas that you can try:

Flaunt the colors of Americana

A favorite way to exude patriotic vibe in your home is to go for the red, white, and blue color theme. Check your cabinets for functional items that come in these colors and mix and match for a balanced look. Spruce up kitchens and dining areas with colorful trays, dish towels, and containers. Bedrooms come alive by bringing out old-fashioned quilts, layering red and blue linens, and replacing a contemporary lampshade with a red gingham one.

Bring color to windows, shelves, and tables with red, white, and blue flowers like geraniums and hydrangeas. Use blue metal buckets or ceramic pots with red patterns as planters or put  some cutflowers in stylish white vases with red ribbons tied around them.

If you want to go beyond the color scheme, shoot for the stars—and stripes. Revive living rooms with throw pillow covers or rugs with stripes-and-stars patterns. Create a fitting garland by cutting out red stars strung along a blue and white ribbon.

Set the ambiance with flags

Nothing replaces hanging the Old Glory for the 4th of July. Hang the flag on your front porch and add red, white, and blue accents like blue hydrangeas tied with red ribbons on the white fence.  You can also hang a couple of smaller flags on one wall of the living room for a bold impact.

A creative way to go about this is to set up the Vote for Me Tree in your living room. An interpretation of the flag, this patriotic tree exudes true American vibe.

Add vintage accents

Vintage items spell old Americana. Scout stores or garage sales for enamelware you can display or use as containers in the kitchen.  Arrange antique ceramic décor like figurines or family heirloom on shelves and hang paintings in traditional frames in the living room. Rustic watering cans can be hung on the porch or used as a unique vase or planter for an outdoor table.

Make dining a patriotic affair

Make your 4th of July gathering complete with a table all decked out with patriotic flavor. Start off with a table cloth with vintage design or a simple white linen with red and blue table runners. Place mini flags in tiny glasses beside each guest’s plate and tie table napkins with red and blue ribbons. Whether plastic or ceramic, go for dinner ware that come in red, blue, or white solid colors or patterns. Set this on top of place mats in contrasting color.

With these decorating ideas, your home is ready for a truly happy Independence Day celebration. Now you only need to sit back as you watch the fireworks light up the night sky. Happy 4th of July!