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Extending Your Style: Luxurious Fashion In Your Home Is All About Frame Of Mind

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By Tallulah Ray

Everyone has their own unique sense of style and they all stem from our personalities. Some of us are introverted and this shows by our meek or toned-down style choices. Some of us are more outgoing and boisterous. These personality traits are shown in are wardrobe by gregarious and extroverted attire – clothes that make them stand out in the crowd.

These are the most extreme differences but they do illustrate the point: we are what we wear. We might not always be able to afford the kind of fashionable luxuries that we hope for ourselves, but we make do with the assets that we have and after a while, we can see our personalities through our choices – including our sense of style.

This extends to our home as well. It makes sense. Our homes are an extension of our style and fashion choices. For the most part, if you’re into wearing conservative attire, you probably won’t go out and pick out a mimosa orange, 70’s-style shag carpet for your living room. It might be a tad presumptuous of me but I don’t think many of you would anyway…

If you don’t have the funds to be able to lengthen your sense of style into your home decor, how can you be assured that your personality is showing when visitors come over?

I Didn’t Dye It. It’s Natural.

Color is a great way to create bold statements in your home. The absence of color is also bold so utilize it well. Just like filling your closet with only white and black, you can really play with patterns as well.

Check your closet. What colors do you normally wear? What colors go well with your skin tone? Mimicking these colors in your home would work well in your favor as well. Shades of white with warm colors? Orange and red make a great statements as accent colors.

Flaunting What Your Momma Gave Yea

Don’t be ashamed of your heirlooms. You can even design around them. These items represent you and your family and they should be treasured. Instead of hiding them in a box in the attic, why not make them centerpieces and conversation starters.

If they’re not your “style” you can add your special touch to them and find a special spot for them in your home: your home office next to the photo albums, your rustic kitchen, your guest room, etc. They don’t have to necessarily be placed in the center of your living room.

Change It Like You Change Socks

If you want to give your room a seasonal makeover like you do with your wardrobe, linens and accents are a great way to change it up without having to put big items into some storage unit across town, or without having to cover up all your furniture and paint the walls.

Grab a set of linens for each season: table cloths, bed sheets, curtains, etc. Also check out different types and colors of accents. While a stack of pillows might be comforting in the fall and winter (when you want to snuggle up to something), they’re not all that comfy in the summer heat.

This is a great reason to grab boring-looking furniture. Sure, that may sound counter-productive but hear me out. When you get a neutral colored couch, you can accessorize with various accents and colors, which will transform its look. If you get a bold colored couch that only goes with certain colors, you will limit what you can accessorize it with.

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It is also something that you must utilize in your home – especially in small places. Just like how important hats and scarves are in your wardrobe, you can also decorate up in your home, which will make your home seem bigger. Utilize that wall space and the ceiling (something that people normally forget). You can even add storage up there by building cabinets – fashionable and productive. Win!

Don’t really know how to add some height to your current décor? Here are some great tips. One is guaranteed to match your sense of style:

  • Use tall vases and place long branches in them. A simple vase with some greenery and a splash of color from some flowers can really add to a room.
  • Paint designs on your wall. Wall decals are great at bringing your eyes up. They add a unique twist to décor as well. Not only that but decals are easy to put on and there are some that can be taken down easily as well – that way you can paint the walls a different color.
  • Art adds a sophisticated touch to your walls. Finding a portrait that is longer than it is wide, will help elongate your walls and make your space seem taller. Vertical stripes, right?
  • Mirrors! You don’t even have to get boring old mirrors that are just rectangular. Choose different shapes. Etched mirrors and frosted glass adds even more detail as well.

When it comes to decorating your home, remember that it is an extension of your fashion sense and personality. If you’re too shy to let your personality show to strangers, feel free to let lose in the comfort of your own home.

  • Bryson Leigh

    I agree! Just as we choose the style of our clothing, we can also decorate our homes to show our own personal tastes. Not only does it show others the style we love, but it is also a great way to improve our own mood by surrounding ourselves with the things we truly enjoy.

  • Abigal

    I have actually used some of the same fabrics my clothing is made of to decorate my home. Once I found a skirt I loved, so I bought a couple more just like it and turned them into valances and a throw for my living room. It is always fun to wear the skirt because my kids will tell me I match the curtains! 🙂

  • Jirda667

    That is an excellent idea. I am always looking for different ways to express myself in my home. I never thought about valances. I’m going to start with the ones in my bedroom and then the bathroom.

  • Jirda667

    I actually have quite a few pieces around my home that were my great grandmother’s. I love being able to show her style at my home. You would not believe all the questions I get from people about those items.

  • Tarra

    I have a lot of items in my house that are family pieces and I love to walk around and look at them. It’s comforting to me to see something in my house that was in my grandmother’s house when I was a child.

  • Rosanna

    Mixing and matching your own pieces is what makes it a home instead of a furniture showroom. We have a very unusual combination of heirloom pieces from four sets of grandparents, right alongside very basic modern furniture that we have purchased. It sure doesn’t look like anyone elses’s house!

  • Kellys

    That’s what helps make a house a home……the difference and the uniqueness.
    I try to decorate based on how I think I’m going to feel in 5 years. I think your feelings and your decor have to match

  • Sonya

    I remember when I was little my mother liked to repaint the whole house with new color every few months. The colors were related to whatever she liked at the time. Even the things inside the house had matching colors. It was blinding at first, but eventually it felt comforting and very personal. We stood out compared to other houses and it became our pride too.

  • Blanch

    Sometimes I like to do experiments on decorations, combining old memento and newer ones, traditional and modern style, and so on. I find the contrast interesting and gives special depth to the house. Placing them at various rooms also feels more natural. It’s one of my favorite activities with family members.

  • Cece

    I admit that it took me a long time to realize the value of neutrals (or “boring-looking furniture” as Tallulah says here), but now that I have a beige sofa and loveseat, it’s so easy to change the whole room with a new set of pillows and a throw.

  • Tarra

    Wow, that’s something else! I give your mom a lot of credit for having the creativity and energy to repaint the house that often! I love to hear about uniquely artsy people like that, but I don’t think I could ever do it myself.

  • EmilyM

    I loved the idea about using tall vases and long branches to create height. I love that look, too, so I am interested to give it a try in my own home. I also like the look of vertical stripes on the walls. My friend did this in her own home using a tone on tone paint. It looks great!

  • WildSarah

    I change my decor seasonally. I have curtains, table linens, wall art and pillows that I swap out between fall/winter and spring/summer. Then, I add accent pieces to reflect the current holiday we are in. That has always been a big hit in my house and it keeps it fresh. I don’t get too bored because it changes every 6 months!

  • SelenaJ25

    These ideas are perfect. The style for my home is romantic, so there are lots of pinks, purples, blues, and whites with floral. Mirrors and paintings line most of the walls in my house. Don’t forget, furniture plays an important role too.

  • EmilyM

    WildSarah, I love this idea! I have never thought to change my curtains or pillows with the seasons! I have the same boring generic pillows my furniture came with! What a great idea, thank you for sharing!

  • Colliope

    I love this idea! I’ve never really thought about doing this. The only room I ever change for the seasons is my kitchen. I have different curtains for the summer and winter months. Where do you store all of this when you aren’t using it?

  • Shalene

    I have a wide selection of white dresses, skirts, shorts and slacks I wear in spring and summer. To dress things up I simply add brightly colored tops, jewelry, and scarves to get a whole new look. This also saves money, because I can use the white items year after year and only buy the less expensive colorful items to totally change the look. I do the same thing with black clothing in the fall and winter. It just makes life simpler for me.

  • KennaRae

    When it comes to decorating my home, I prefer all neutral colors as a base to build on. My walls, floors and furniture are all a neutral color and I can use bright vivid colors to decorate according to the seasons. This allows me to have a whole new look 4 times a year.

  • Faloola

    I’ve thought about doing this, but my holiday decorations are a lot more than accent pieces, so it requires most of the regular decor to be put away. My house completely transforms from the end of September until the middle of January and it’s a lot of work. I think to change it for summer would sap the energy out of me.

  • Gracie

    I do the same exact thing in my home! It just makes my life so much easier! Plus, I change my mind so frequently being very “right brained” that I crave change. It is much easier to mix up a few accents than to change the wall or furniture color!