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Thanksgiving is synonymous with family, football, lots of delicious food and, of course, feeling grateful for the people and things we have in our lives. When you stop to think about it, this traditional American holiday (and in particular, the dinner) can teach us quite a bit about what makes great interior design. Let’s see how.

Main course and sides: the secret of colors

Traditional thanksgiving dinners feature a main course, the turkey, along with a bunch of different side dishes like mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, peas and others. When you think of colors in home décor, they work in similar ways: you have a main color and several accent and contrasting colors to match it.

Just as with Thanksgiving dishes, there are many flavours to color palettes. You can use dark or bright shades, make it warm or keep it cool. You can also mix it up for a more eclectic experience. No matter your tastes, you can play with colors in traditional or more personal ways.

Community and family: the meaning of home décor

The meaning of Thanksgiving is being grateful for everything you have, especially family and your community. Humans are inherently social animals; we accomplish much more by cooperation than by competition.

Good home décor should foster the same kind of feeling: somewhere where a family can grow and learn together, where they feel safe and loved. Home décor is about comfort and style, about expressing your personality but also your aspirations.

There are many strategies to make your home more cozy and welcoming. Using soft textures and warm colors, keeping community rooms free of distractions and using circular shapes help. It’s all about encouraging people to talk and share; warm colors like yellow and orange encourage self-expression; cool blues and purples keep people calm. Avoid stark color constrasts, pointy angles and strange materials; these things will make a room alienating.

Contrast the flavours: don’t be boring!

There is nothing more boring than a meal that always tastes the same. When the turkey tastes like potatoes and like the gravy, there isn’t much left to enjoy. The same could be said about home décor.

Although liking a color is fine, using a single shade for your design can quickly become grating to the eye. Your mind needs variety and contrast to avoid getting bored. Thinking about this ahead of time will help you plan your next décor makeover.

Choosing a good color palette is a great beginning, but don’t stop there! You can also contrast textures and shapes. If your lamps are round and smooth, choose square tables. If your couches are covered in leather, have soft wool cushions and throws on them. If you have high shelves for books, keep the coffee table low. Adding contrast to your décor will make it less boring over time, maximizing your investment.

In the end, it’s about enjoying yourself

We hope that your Thanksgiving is all about fun, family and enjoying life. It’s easier to be thankful for things that you actually enjoy, isn’t it? We could say the same about home décor.

Our final advice for today is simple: get things you like. Too many people use home décor as a status symbol, as a way to say “I’m clever! Look at my pretty living room!”, and yet don’t really enjoy spending time in the room. We would rather you decorate your home with things you love, things that speak to you, things that make you say “I want to stay here FOREVER!”

If it makes you break décor rules, then go ahead. As far as we know, there isn’t a home décor police waiting to arrest you for crimes against good taste. So go ahead and get what you like. After all, what’s the point of a well-decorated home if no one enjoys it?

From everyone at BuildDirect, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving!

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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.