If you’re looking for a regular décor style then you’ll find yourself quickly inundated with suggestions, tips and ideas – but what if you want something individual and alternative? You might find that it’s harder to get ideas, and without seeing the results people find it hard to visualise your ideas. Reading this article will give you an idea of the extent to which your plans fit into the below alternative styles; industrial, gothic and bohemian.
An industrial design means as much bare wood and metal as your home has to offer. Any exposed pipes and ugly radiators should be polished up and possibly taken back down to bare metal to become features in your home. Get cooking equipment with stainless steel faces, and take that carpet up. This is a great style if you’re trying to have a minimalist approach to your home as well, since any pictures will look out of place and too much non-functional equipment and ornaments will sink this look. If you have any brick walls then these can become feature walls, and any bright colours should be repainted in plainer tones.
It’s quite rare to see a genuinely gothic home these days, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. You just have to remember that gothic refers to a sociocultural phase of history – and it has nothing to do with vampires! So, if you’re going gothic, you should know that this means grandeur and drama. Loose the sculls and the vials of false blood. Black, steel, brick and copper colours and patterns will help to bring this out, and with this look you can go all out with ornaments and paintings – think feathers and crests and sculptures and animal shapes. Book cases bring in a nice element of drama, and if you’re lucky enough to have a stone floor you should release it from whatever covering it has, because even if your feet do get a little cold at times this will bring out the beautiful and antiquated ideas of luxury that you’re chasing.
Embrace whatever you find relaxing and interesting. This is the style for those with the wide, odd and sometimes eccentric tastes. Plants and interesting ornaments can hang down from the ceiling, or even just loose ropes, or curtains to divide spaces. You might want to take advantage of this outside the home too – this could mean exotic plants, wind powered models, and you can even search Water Garden for a way to make your pond an interesting and attention-grabbing feature of your home. To get the best out of a bohemian look, you need colour and fulness in every corner of your home that you can see. Each centimetre should be visually exciting. There are no rules; so, think rugs, of all kind of thickness and pattern, think jewels and beads, think oranges and blues, or any contrasting colours. When it comes to fabrics, you should favour natural materials, but don’t worry about the occasional frayed edge. The trick to an artistic bohemian approach is to have as much busyness in your décor as you can, without making the room look too messy or disorientating, so look at a few attempts online before you do it yourself.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.