Style chameleons change their interior design plans often, with new colors, patterns, and textures. Here are some design strategies to help you do the same.
Some people like things just the way they’ve always been. It brings them a certain sense of comfort. Others, however, thrive on change; they are style chameleons.
This definitely applies to home decor and interior design. When friends come over for dinner to the style chameleon’s home, they think they’ve walked into a different house because it’s always changed since their last visit. This approach to home decor keeps a space vibrant and energetic. But, it has to be a challenge, too. Maybe, as a style chameleon yourself, you know this from experience.
So, what are some style chameleon lessons that we can apply to our own spaces?
1. Use a blank canvas of neutral colors
A neutral palette as a backdrop for elements you use in the foreground offers the simplest solution to changing design tastes. Consider uncommon neutrals if you’re repulsed by boring beige or washed-out gray. Maybe you’d prefer shades of sandy tan or rich cream for some added warmth to your base, for example. And don’t forget white for that true blank canvas base! .
Layer different intensities of neutrals on top of one another to add dimension without restricting your style. Then, choose color splashes that will work best. Think of it as a blank canvas for the personality you bring to the space. Use painted color accents, layers of texture, and combinations of patterns through the use of throw pillows, furniture slipcovers, window coverings, artwork, painted baseboards, glassware, area rugs.
If you decide to eliminate all your blue and gold accessories, you won’t spoil the existing design by introducing purples and oranges. Your blank canvass allows you to have a visually interchangeable space that’s easy to switch up according to season, or mood.
2. Don’t discount the big and bold
Sometimes, a big bold statement is the way to go, even for a base color. If you need plenty of stimulation in your living space, let your imagination run wild. Introduce bold, daring colors and patterns into every room. If you’ve already established a baseline of bold, you won’t risk chaos when you change up your decor.
3. Discover the possibilities in the monochromatic
Monochromatic design seems like the opposite of how a style chameleon might adapt. But, don’t be fooled! Among other benefits, monochromatic color schemes, or at least those that draw from a single color spectrum, create a sense of peace in the home. They invite the eye to pick out focal points and rest between them. A pale color promotes tranquility, while darker colors are more moody and dramatic.
4. Think about the diversity of nature
When it comes to change and finding beauty in it, what is a better example than the earth itself? Earth tones always form an easy color palette to match when you decide to switch out decor. Deep yellow, greens, browns, and other earthy colors are found in nearly every type of furnishing. Sometimes including houseplants that are easily added or taken away can help to kick-start this approach.
But remember; nature holds the full range of color; the rich reds of the deserts of the American southwest, the rich color splashes of the flora and fauna of the Amazon Rainforest, the cool blues and ice-whites of the Rocky Mountains. Nature is diverse, including all colors and in sometimes unexepected combinations. Why not try them in your space?
5. Think about the beauty of the urban and industrial
There is a certain timelessness with the patterns and colors of the city. Colors that work with metallic tones often work well if you love switching out hardware, from cabinet knobs to light fixtures. Jewel tones, for instance, remain a timeless and classy choice. They never go out of style, so they stay on trend even when other fashions fade.
Change is good
As a style chameleon, you’re interested in using change as a design element, always keeping yourself on your toes when it comes to making your space your own.
The color scheme and use of textures and patterns you choose for your home should always reflect your personal tastes, but remember your penchant for change. You don’t have to box yourself in by using convention. Like a good chameleon, you can adapt instead using the only rules that really count in the end – your own!