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Your home is your own. Decorate with more confidence with this guide to making bold, unapologetic decor choices for your home.

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Sometimes you look at decor mags or blogs and you think: “ah, I wish I had the guts to do something like that” or “if only I knew how to decorate so well”. And it’s true, there are professionals who do this for a living–but it doesn’t mean that you’re bad just because you’re an amateur. In fact, you are already excellent at decorating your home; you just don’t know it yet.

Want to feel more confident in the decor choices you make? All you need is a change of attitude.

Be okay with mistakes

Everyone makes mistakes. If nobody ever did, life would be pretty boring. I mean, we’d have to invent mistakes in order to make stories interesting.

And mistakes are also a great way to learn. About anything. (Well maybe not about juggling chainsaws, but that’s a whole another level of mistake!) Including decor. But the great thing about mistakes in home decor is that it’s easy to cover up or correct, with, you guessed it, more home decor!

We stop ourselves from making bold decisions because of fear. Fear of being ridiculed, fear of regret, fear of waste. But letting go of the fear is the only way to allow yourself to make mistakes–and it is oh so liberating!

So make mistakes. Try a crazy new color, and paint over it if it doesn’t work. Let go of the fear and go with the flow instead.

Don’t apologize

Seriously. Stop saying “sorry” for your design choices if someone doesn’t agree with them. (That’s especially true if you’re Canadian… ahem.) Stop justifying your choices to people who comment on your design sense (or lack thereof). It’s your house, and you can do with it what you damn well please (unless, of course, you need some kind of permit or permission–do that first!).

Don’t let people dictate what you can and can’t do with your own living space. If they don’t like it, it’s not your problem–they just have to not do the same in their home. Sure, you can listen to your friends’ decor advice, but in the end, the only person you have to please is yourself.

So in the name of all that is beautiful, please stop apologizing!

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Stop looking at magazines

Magazines and blogs are great, and they can inspire new ideas for our spaces. But in the end, they are photos of other people’s homes: other people with different budgets, needs, tastes and personalities. Despite how beautiful a place seems to be on paper (or on screen), I can guarantee you that it won’t be the same if you try to imitate it.

When it comes to your own home, try using your own context as a starting point, rather than a glossy photo. What does your space look like right now? How do you imagine it looking like in the future? What do you use it for? How much can you spend? Answering these questions for yourself will help you make a space that’s great for you, not for magazines.

Go out of your comfort zone

We all like our comfort zone. That’s why it’s called a “comfort zone”. Your favorite color: check. Your typical furniture style: check. Paintings by excellent if cliché artists: check.

Make a bold choice by doing something that’s not the usual “you”. For me, that would be using a cold color scheme (I’m all about reds and oranges) or choosing glass over wood. For you, it might be using round shapes or adding a pattern to the wall. Whatever your comfort zone is, it’s a good idea to sometimes reach outside of it.

Let yourself notice your likes and dislikes, and whenever the words “I like this but it’s not really me” come to your mind. Let go of the “not really me part” and dare to make the “I like this, despite it being outside my comfort zone” choice for once.

Seriously, be bold

I choose to be bold by making choices that reflect who I am and what I want. I choose to be confident and decorate my home the way I like, not the way other people want.

Are you a confident decorator? Could you be more bold in your design choices? Let us know in the comments!

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Anabelle Bernard Fournier

Anabelle is a freelance writer, writing teacher and blogger. She spends a lot of time at home, so she likes to make sure that it's cozy and nice, especially in her reading nook. In her free time, Anabelle knits, walks and learns how to write stories.