Sometimes, it can be a struggle to create a cohesive look in your home and most of the time you can’t quite place why it doesn’t feel right. So, here are a few potential culprits that are known to cause a lack of cohesion and how to alleviate them.

No colour palette

The best way to make sure your entire home has a cohesive look is with a whole house colour palette. Without this defined colour palette, it’s easy for your home to feel disjointed; with aesthetic principles not following on from room to room. This is most important when your house has an open floor plan, but even behind closed doors, a sudden change in color can be quite jarring.

Choose a neutral shade (white, cream, gray, greige or even a pale version of a more saturated color) and 3 – 5 accent colours that you love and that you will use consistently. It’s important that these are colours that you really love since you will be committing to them throughout your home.

This does not mean that you have to paint every wall the same color, but it’s good idea to keep it similar. If navy blue is your dominant accent colour, it may be a couch in one room, ready made curtains in another, and a rug in yet another. The same colour is reflected throughout your home in different ways, creating a sense of flow and cohesion.

Following trends

Thanks to Pinterest and shows like Fixer Upper, we live in a time of inspiration overload. With so many beautiful and inspirational spaces out there, it’s easy to fall into the trap of being a slave to trends. Think long and hard before incorporating that latest trend into your home. It may be completely out of fashion within the year, but you may be stuck with it for the next ten.

Knowing and understanding your own home decor style, as well as having an established colour palette, will help keep you focused on what will work in your home.

Personality

Many people don’t have a good sense of their own personal style. As a result, their homes look like a copycat of someone else’s or have no sense of cohesiveness. Just like your clothes, your rooms should reflect you.

The best part about figuring out your signature style is that it helps narrow your focus and makes shopping for decor a heck of a lot easier – you will never again question if that purchase will match your existing decor.

You do not need to label your style. The most personal home decor is usually a mixture of many different stylistic elements.

Feng shui

A lot of people don’t know what feng shui is or why it is used in home decorating. Feng shui is an ancient art and science developed in China approximately 3000 years ago. It teaches us how to balance energies in any given space—whether it is a home, office, or garden–in order to assure good fortune for the people inhabiting it.

Getting started with feng shui in your home can be easy if you start with the basics and gradually move on to the more complex feng shui levels. Researching online about your own personal feng shui and how to incorporate this in areas of your home will not only make your space more cohesive, but comfier too.

Always be mindful of the energy in your home; how its energy influences your wellbeing and how it changes throughout your life. Make a habit of paying close attention to the energy in your life and your home, whilst focusing on areas you spend the most time in, like your bedroom and your kitchen.

When decorating your home, creating a cohesive design doesn’t have to be hard or complex. With these tips, you can express your personality throughout your spaces whilst still keeping them feeling cohesive. Good luck!

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