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Shopping For Home Furnishings? 3 Ways To Channel Your Inner Style

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Heading into a home furnishings showroom can be exhilarating to someone who loves to shop—and a little overwhelming for a newbie. It isn't always easy to fill your home with furniture that echoes your personal style, because many people haven't quite narrowed down exactly what they like. Here are three easy ways to channel your inner style, so you can enjoy your space. 

1. Think About Your Lifestyle

Do you have a house full of busy kids or a quiet space designed for small dinner parties? Your daily lifestyle can make a significant difference when it comes to how your decorations hold up, so think really carefully about what you are looking for. Do you want furniture that is comfortable and cozy or items that are beautiful and mainly decorative? Do you want a colorful space, or something a little more monochromatic? 

If you are nervous about messes, try to select something that has a little more color and texture. After all, everything will be visible on a cream-colored rug or a white couch. 

2. Consider Your Past

Home decorations that say something about where you've been and what you've done can make your space feel more personalized, so think about your past. Where have you lived that you've really loved? Did you gather any souvenirs from those places? Adding in elements from your favorite places can really create a touch of color or visual interest to your space, so think about going through some old boxes before you head to the home furniture store. 

3. Pair New Items With Vintage Pieces

Before you head to the furniture store, take pictures of the furniture items in your home that you really enjoy. Consider mixing new pieces with items you already have, so you can save money on the upgrade. If possible, take small swatches of the fabrics you already have, so you can match colors and textures when you need to. Additionally, take measurements of any pieces you plan to keep, so you can retain the kind of floor layout you are looking for. 

If you want to create a beautiful home but you aren't sure where to start, be sure to chat with an interior designer. Talk about what you are looking for, what you currently have, and what you are thinking about doing to make some changes. By taking a few risks and knowing what you already have, you can start creating the perfect living space for you and your family to enjoy.  

For more information, contact a furniture store.