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How To Match Your Interior Design To Your House

Discover how to match your interior design to your house without a consultant. You can determine the best way to design your home with these tips.

Whether you are starting from scratch in a new house or remodeling your home, it can be challenging to decide which interior design style to choose. One way to decide is by matching it to the exterior of your home. Everyone who visits your home will be impressed at the expert design of your house if you match the elements inside and out and from top to bottom. Knowing how to match your interior design to your house is a simple skill that only requires a few steps. Keep reading to find out how to crack the code.

Identify the Style of Your Exterior

The first step to matching your interior to your exterior is identifying the design style of the outside of your house. It is less likely that you will get to choose the construction style of your home. Depending on where you live, some styles are more common than others, thus limiting your interior design options. On the other hand, many designs are easily paired with whatever interior design style you prefer.

Common interior design styles to choose from include:

  • Contemporary
  • Minimalist
  • Modern farmhouse
  • Coastal
  • Hollywood glam
  • English countryside

Match Colors

As you choose colors for your home design, you don’t want them to match your exterior exactly. Consider how the aesthetic of your home will flow as you go from the outside to the inside and from room to room. Cozy, warm shades go well with designs like traditional or ranch farmhouse homes, while cool tones are ideal for cape cod and cottage-style houses. Further, neutral tones look good in any space but work especially well in contemporary and craftsman homes.

Theme Your Textures

Identify the main patterns and natural materials used in your house’s exterior design and incorporate those elements into your interior. If your home has brick, glass, or other interesting elements that make it stand out, consider using those same materials for your interior home décor. Knowing that you are going to use a certain type of material in your interior design may help you choose which design style is best for your home.

Incorporate Your Landscaping

Do you grow flowers in your front yard? Maybe you have a lilac bush or other blossoming plant that blooms throughout the year. Snip your favorites and bring them inside to freshen up your home. Purple flowers will look great in a home, and white, pink, or red flowers brighten up warm and neutral spaces.

Pro Tip: Decorate with ferns and trees to add natural beauty to your space. You can bring the feeling of outside indoors by housing plants in your home.

The best way to match your interior design to your house is with coordinating colors, patterns, and textures. Further, you should incorporate elements from the materials of your home and your landscaping. If you enjoy multiple interior design styles, you can mix and match. Remember to use the 80/20 ratio rule and let one theme be your dominant design style while using another as an accent. With these tips and tricks, you can design your home like a professional.


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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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