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How To Personalize Your Space, Wherever You Are
09 Jun 2015

How To Personalize Your Space, Wherever You Are

Sometimes you can’t just indulge your inner interior designer. It’s tough but you have to get used to it. There are times when you’re just going to have to hold it in. Repressing your skills isn’t a good thing however. Not expressing yourself creatively is painful and damaging at the best of times, and ruinous at the worst.

So how do you express yourself through your design? It all depends on where you are. Some places have more flexibility than others. It is all a game of seeing how much you can get away with before you start pushing boundaries.

If you have a room in a shared domicile, that room is your place to express yourself. You don’t want to go too overboard with a bedroom. A bedroom is your place of solace. It should be low-key, but if you really want to you can spice it up to match your personality.

It doesn’t have to be just band posters and photo collages. Get the paint roller out and start brightening things up a little. When you first move in there are usually some remnants of a previous tenant. It’s your job to erase those completely. It’s just like marking your territory.

Sometimes you won’t even have that level of freedom. If you’re living in corporate housing, they expect it to remain the same as when you entered it. You could be there for a six weeks or six months. It doesn’t matter to the leaseholder, you need to just leave things mostly as they are.

Of course, there are a few ways you can make it seem more homey. If you’re going to be there for the long haul, putting up personal effects can help make it more familiar. You don’t want to feel like you’re just staying in a large hotel room.

How about throwing down a few rugs in places that need them? Anything you can do to make it feel like you’re at home. Just getting rid of the sterile feel is the most important thing. That feel isn’t going to let you relax. You’ll always just think you’re in someone else’s home until you finally rid yourself of it.

If you own or rent with a partner, then you’ve got more room for interior design. The only problem would be negotiating what you can and can’t do with your designs. People can often clash over how something looks. Finding a sweet spot of balance can smooth things over.

Even if you are lucky and have someone who will just let you do their thing, their lack of input can also cause problems. Apathy to something you care about can be stressful to deal with. Try and engage your partner, but retain control over the larger picture.

Interior design is never an easy job. It’s a task that can take months or even years. Your dedication to getting it right will be reflected once it’s finished. Until then you can only hope to get it right under the circumstances given.

Lan An

Lan An is a professional editor in the field of architecture and interior design. Having a strong desire for architecture and design in her writing career, Lan An attempts to provide readers the most wonderful architectural news and projects.

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