Living in your early to mid-twenties means living in a state of habitual change: new homes! New neighborhoods! New Cities! But as the twilight of a formative decade fades and a new, more stable era looms on the horizon, you’ll likely want a quieter, more stylish environment. Home decor tips might be needed: frankly, that hodgepodge of furniture you inherited from an old roommate just doesn’t suit your style. That Craigslist bed frame you bought years ago on your fresh out of college budget has seen better days. And your artwork? It’s boring, impersonal, and sadly bought in the millennial pink heyday. (This author may or may not be speaking from experience.) “Turning 30 can bring about dramatic life changes as we begin to turn our dreams into reality, leaving behind things that don’t bring us joy, and when our true ones Values come out.” Interior designer Candace Rimes tells Fashion. “While we certainly shouldn’t feel any pressure to have everything sorted out, we are beginning to feel more comfortable and are beginning to invest our time, money and energy more wisely.”
But the question is: How do we translate our newly discovered self-confidence into the furnishing style?
Fashion decided to ask 10 interior designers for the interior design tips everyone should know before they turn 30. They ranged from tech – buy a tape measure, folks! – to philosophy. “Give yourself permission to experiment! Our homes should reflect who we are and we are always evolving, so why shouldn’t our homes?” says Justina Blakeney.
Below, her thoughts – and a general guide to the home of your more mature dreams.
About the choice of furniture
“Incorporating vintage items you’ve inherited from friends or family or discovered at a local flea market is a great way to add a timeless look to your home. Trends are great, but vintage is forever.” -Justina Blakeney, Jungalow
“When it comes to mirrors, go big. Unlike works of art, which tend to draw you in, a mirror reflects light, enhancing and expanding space. A mirror on the wall can be just as effective as a window. With mirrors, the bigger the better – as long as they’re never wider than what they’re hanging over.” – Nick Gagne
“When choosing rugs, remember that too big is better than too small. If it’s too tight, it looks out of place. A large rug can spill over into other rooms and still feel appropriate. You can shorten a large rug, but you cannot stretch a small one. When choosing a rug for a seating area, always try to have at least the front legs of all pieces sitting on it.” –Joe Berkowitz, JAB design group