Now some of you, especially those of you that love minimalism, might be worried about this and might think of it as cluttering up your home, or adding too many things to your house. And that would of course, take away from the clean lines and scandi-esque minimalism that you are working so hard to achieve. But I don't see it that way. I don't think that there's a problem with injecting your personality into your space, and still allowing it to be calm and serene and minimal. There are a number of ways that you can do this.
1. Think about what aspects of your personality are easily transferable to the spaces in your home. Think about the items you have locked away in a box somewhere, any ephemera that you have - either that you've found or that you've bought or that you've collected on say your travels and how they reflect your personality. Think about how they could be displayed or used in your space to show off achievements or adventures.
2. Visualise your personality. Put it down on paper - create a Pinterest board with images, photography, patterns, textures and colours and such that reflect you. Do this over a week or so, add things that you like, that you’re fond of and you’ll slowly start to build up a visual of your personality which is something you can refer to when adding to your home.
You can use that Pinterest board to really define the colours, materials and textures, patterns because there will be a pattern, a repetition within those images that will help you to define your personality. You can use this as a jumping board quite easily to translate and transfuse that into your home. And when you do that, you don't have to go all in with all the colours you start gradual, to see what works for you and what works for your home, because each home is different. You know the layout, the way the way light shines in is all personal to your own house, and that can define how much patterning colour and texture, you put into it.
3. Get onto those walls. Another way that you can reflect your personality in your home is by using photography or art, it might be family photographs, it might be landscapes or abstract art, this method is actually the safest way if you're experimenting with your space for the first time, because it can be really easily changed. You can inject some personality or your personality into your home, because if it doesn't work or you're not you don't like it, you can always take it down with minimal fuss or adaptations needed. So as a start, the three ways I have mentioned above are the quickest way to start thinking about how your spaces can reflect your personality into your home, and still be minimalistic.
I do hope that that has helped you. If you have any questions or would like any guidance on how to transpose your personality into your home, then please do, write a comment..
Aarti Popat is an Interior Designer and Consultant for busy couples, inspired by design, helping them create spaces they love and a Mentor helping ambitious female interior designers to create and build a successful interior design business that they love.
Aarti has spent the last 15 years working for global brands and private clients as well as designing across various interiors sectors including retail, experiential, hospitality and residential. She believes that the key to successful interior design is to create meaningful & intentional spaces and brand experiences that complement and enhance our lives.
She works with both residential and boutique commercial clients to bring their visions to life through her expertise and experience in the retail, F&B and hospitality industries.
She now uses her extensive experience in the industry to mentor interior designers at the beginning of their career and business journey as well as designing interiors for private design clients and brands.
In addition she lectures on the BA (Hons) Interior Design Course at a prestigious Design School in London.