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Fashion and home decor go hand in hand. Both follow similar trends and styles. So why not design and decorate your home based on your clothing preference? OK, so how does one go about translating fashion style into their home design and decor? Here are some helpful tips and steps to take in order to break through the language barrier. (gen_fashion_denimchair) (gen_fashion_jeans)

When you go shopping for clothing, what stores are usually most enjoyable for you to go in to? If your clothes tend to be subtle and minimal, chances are so is the interior design of that space. Maybe your outfits look more vintage, like they were found in grandma’s attic. Again, the stores you shop in will probably have that same feel. So what better place to begin for inspiration then in your favorite clothing stores! Now, of course being that a retail store is a commercial space, a lot of the design details and layouts will be geared for that type of design. You can however, pull color and overall inspiration from here.

Stand in front of your closet with the doors open. What colors jump out at you most? Do you own all black white and gray? Maybe you have a fetish with the color blue. What ever it is, there is sure to be a dominant color in your closet. This is probably a color you will want to incorporate into your space since it is most likely flattering on you and you feel comfortable in and around it. (gen_fashion_suit) (gen_fashion_tux)
You may at first think, “I have a lot of the color red in my closet, but how do I bring that into my home?” You don’t have to paint the walls a tomato color in order to bring color into a room.
(although if done well, that can look very nice as well) For someone a bit more subtle try using a more neutral tone for your background materials like walls, tiles etc. This way you can bring in your color accents in pillows, decorative hardware, window treatments, cabinetry inserts and many other places. Remember to step back in the beginning of your project and try to envision the overall feel of the space.

The feel of a material is very important. If you wouldn’t want to put something scratchy and rough on your body, why would you want to have it on your sofa? Pay attention to they type of materials you like to wear and translate that into your home fabrics and furnishings. Maybe you love to wear linen skirts in the summer. You might want to try a light cotton fabric as a slip covered sofa. If you like the feel of cozy, warm materials, maybe chenille’s are more up your alley.

The climate of where you live is of course also likely to make a difference in how you decorate. A flannel couch may not work as well in a desert climate as in a cabin on a lake up North. Whichever climate you decorate for, make sure the feel of the material is one you like the feel of on your body.

If you like to wake up in the morning and throw on whatever falls off the hanger first, chances are you don’t like to fuss very much. If however, you have laid out your outfit the night before with the matching shoes and bag set, chances are you are a bit more on the high maintenance side concerning your appearance. Knowing how you deal with your clothing will also let you know what you are willing to deal with in your home.
If you are not fussy, you probably won’t enjoy furniture that has to be ‘taken care of’. You will not be fluffing pillows or dusting trims as second nature. You will be more comfortable in a ‘wash and wear’ interior that requires little to no maintenance. Stay away from millions of throw pillows on the bed or sofa, or surfaces that require extra neatness in order not to stain or scratch. Try for user friendly items like a fabric with a resilient, stain resistant finish (link to article on fabrics with stain resistance) and big comfy furniture to plop down into.
For those not as concerned with maintenance, (yes you, the one who has their clothes organized by designer) you can venture into the world of home décor maintenance. Go ahead and buy those throw pillows with extra trim, or that white leather sofa. Chances are, this is something you are prepared to ‘fuss’ with and will enjoy the clean, details of fine furnishings others are quick to shy away from.

Exploring yourself through your fashion can help you to a great start regarding your home décor. Even if you are working with a designer or decorator, it is information they will need to know about you as well. This way, you will be able to get more out of their time and your money. Happy Shopping!