Styling Your Home: How to Get Started

Have you just moved into your new home? Make it reflect your personality. Interior designer Gino Erana explains what styling is and how it can help you make your home truly you. By Katherine Lopez

Have you and your family just moved into your new home? Congratulations! Moving into a starter home is a family milestone. The walls and rooms of your new house probably can’t wait to see and hear stories that would make for good memories. Family dinners, playing on the floor with your little one, redecorating when your kids grow older — your new home is a blank slate open to a lot of possibilities.

Of course, before you make all these happen, it is important to create a home that spells you. This is where styling comes in.

But what exactly is styling? Is it different from designing and decorating? Interior designer Gino Erana says that there is indeed an overlap between these three terms. In fact, some people confuse the three.

“Design is a term that encompasses the entire process of creating a livable space from conceptualization to realization. Styling and decoration deal more with how one would accessorize a space for a desired aesthetic appeal,” Gino explains. “That’s not to say that functional elements in design cannot be part of styling. That being said, styling and decoration may be defined as part of the design process.”

Hiring an interior designer to design your home sure can help you create spaces that fit your needs. This can help you minimize errors like wrong measurements, impractical furniture choices, or spaces with bad layout. But when it comes to styling, you can definitely do it on your own!

“Styling can be a good opportunity for the user to express character. A space can be a story reflective of its user,” says Gino. Through styling, you can make your space truly you. Here are some tips to get you started:

1. Invest in furniture pieces that suit your lifestyle.

“If you’re the type who likes to entertain, get a comfy sofa, a coffee table, and some armchairs for a nice lounge area. As always, invest in furniture pieces of good quality and durability,” says Gino. Before you go on your furniture hunt, assess first what the space will be used for and base your choices on that.

2. Jazz up your home with functional accessories.

“I think functional interior accessories are a good opportunity to express style in a starter home. An example would be floor and table lamps. A beautiful, nicely proportioned table lamp with a linen shade on top of a console or side table immediately adds a nice visual heft to a space while providing task lighting,” Gino suggests. Now, who says decorative pieces have no purpose?

3. Take your time.

“Don’t pressure yourself to immediately fill up every inch of surface in your home with accessories,” says Gino. “Instead, give yourself time to acquire art and decor that you like and identify with. With this in mind, you’ll end up with a home that speaks of you and your style.”

Feel free to leave a wall blank if you still can’t find the best artwork or wall decor that speaks to you. Don’t be afraid to leave tops of consoles or coffee tables empty if you haven’t found the right accessories for them.

Once you find the right pieces, follow your instincts when styling. Play it by ear (or should we say, by sight). Does the arrangement look off? Does one side look heavier than the other? Modify and edit until you are satisfied.

Styling a starter home doesn’t need to be a daunting task. Just trust yourself and your choices, pick items that make your heart beat fast, and just go for it! At the end of the day, the only person you should be seeking approval from is yourself.

Ready to style your starter home? Look into South Luzon house and lot options. Strategically located near business districts, schools, malls, and commercial establishments, residential developments in South Luzon are perfect for young starter families who want to live in a safe and secure suburban community.

Check out Avida’s suburban community in the South: NUVALI, Laguna; Vermosa, Cavite; San Pascual, Batangas; and Lipa, Batangas.