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Discover your unique living style: A guide

A cozy and inspiring home is more than just a place to live - it should reflect our personality, preferences and way of life.  But how do you find the right living style that suits you and creates a harmonious ambience? In this blog post I share some tips and suggestions that will help you discover your own living style on your own interior journey.

​Photo Credit: Haute'Xposure, Interior Concept by Localia Interiors

"Your home should be a love letter to yourself!"

says Christine, Localia. Interiors

In my onboarding questionnaire (this is always at the beginning of a project) I would like to know from my customers which style they like. And I always notice that this question often causes problems. Do we really have to like a trendy style? I say no. What's more important is that the customer's style is met! I also think a mix of styles  is wonderful! My suggestion: we don't care about trends and look for your own living style!

My following guide will help you :

1. Reflect on your personality and look around!

 Before you plunge into the world of interior design, take time to think about your personality. Are you more minimalist and modern, or do you prefer rustic charm? Are you creative and colorful, or do you prefer a calm and neutral atmosphere?

Your home style should reflect your identity, so make a list of adjectives that best describe your personality. Words get to the heart of diffuse ideas. That's why it can help to express in words how you like to live. A keyword cloud  helps: By circling the appealing words, a rough guide for your own living style emerges.

Look around! – A condition analysis

What do I actually like? Answering this question is often not that easy. It helps to take a closer look at the things that surround you: What is hanging in your closet, for example? When you put your favorite pieces together, your personal preferences for patterns, colors and shapes become clear. Your own style can also be seen in other favorite pieces such as vases, cushions or works of art.

2. Gather inspiration

Search magazines, Pinterest, Instagram, and other platforms to gather ideas and inspiration. Create mood boards or save pictures of rooms and furnishings you like. Over time, you may notice patterns that indicate your individual style. All ideas are allowed when searching for interior design styles. So you can just start collecting intuitively. Magazine snippets from fashion, art and home environments, photos or other found objects such as fabrics or flyers provide material. The Internet also offers an almost inexhaustible source of inspiration, for example on blogs or in the lookbooks of your favorite manufacturers.

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3. Consider your lifestyle  

Your living style should also be practical and fit your lifestyle. For example, if you like to receive guests, an open and inviting design makes sense. However, if you're an introvert who values peace and privacy, a cozy retreat might be more to your taste.

4. Colors and materials

The choice of colors and materials can have a big impact on the style of your home. Think about which color palette you like best and which materials support your desired atmosphere. For example, warm wood tones add a rustic touch, while clean lines and cool colors create a modern look.

Pro tip:

Use some black in all rooms  (for example: black chair legs, black sofa legs, a black vase).

The black is like pepper and salt in a soup and gives depth and structure to your home.

Material samples for coordination for an interior project from Localia. Interiors. - Photo credit: Kati Photography Zurich

5. Mix & Match

A unique living style is often created by cleverly combining different elements. You don't have to commit to a specific style, you can mix different styles together. For example, a vintage piece can look great next to modern furniture and create an exciting contrast. Breaking style is absolutely allowed!  Do what makes YOU happy!

6. Homemade and personal

Add a personal touch to your home by incorporating homemade or beloved artwork, photographs, memorabilia and, if possible, vintage pieces. These personal elements make your home unique, tell your story and bring structure, authenticity and liveliness

Do you love traveling and maybe you bring nice souvenirs with you?

7. Step by step

Designing your home style is a process that evolves over time. It's okay to start small and make changes little by little. Set clear goals and work towards making your home the way you imagine it, step by step.

Pro tip:

I also recommend to my customers to let the facility grow. Of course, budget always plays a role in an interior design project. Therefore my tip:

If the object of your desire (for example a designer chair) seems too expensive at the moment, it's better to wait a little longer and buy the beautiful piece at a later date.

This speaks for:

This way you won't be disappointed and you won't have to worry about a bad purchase , you can continue to enjoy the anticipation and then actually buy something that you'll be happy about for a long time. By the way , investing in design classics is almost always worth it, as they can easily be sold again later if needed (unlike furniture that is expensive but is not a design classic).

Vintage carpet in a customer project in Zurich. Great color and fits perfectly into the otherwise modern interior. Photo credit: Haute'Xposure

8. Listen to your gut feeling:  Ultimately, your gut feeling is often the best guide. If you stand in a room and feel comfortable, then you are on the right path. Trust your instincts and be open to adjustments as you discover your own home style.

Finding your own living style is an exciting journey that requires time and patience. Enjoy the process of experimenting, discovering and creating. Your home is the place where you can relax, be inspired and express your creativity. Cheers to your own style!

Are you ready?

If you're just not sure or don't have the time or motivation to think about your style and furnishings yourself: Let's team up! I would be happy to be your sparring partner and partner in crime so that we can take your home to the next level:

Let's talk! I look forward to you! You are welcome to book your free initial consultation  with me here (free 30 minute video call with Christine)



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