Making Your Home Unique & Visually Cohesive

This is a guest post by Kacey Mya...
Decorating your own home can bring up a whole slew of hurdles that you have to clear. You have to choose the right shade of paint for your walls, invest in large pieces of furniture and hang artwork in just the right spot so that it’s even and straight. 

But, even after you’ve done everything that it takes to make your home you, you have to make sure that the entire space works together. Especially in today’s world of open-concept floor plans, you’ll want to create something that’s cohesive from top to bottom.

Here are five tips to make that task a bit easier:

1. Come Up With a Plan From the Start: If you’re starting from scratch, you’re in luck: it’s easier to make your space cohesive if you start with a vision in your head.

The master plan for your changes might be something as simple as the colors you want to use, or it could be a complete mock-up of your future floor plan with furniture placements, paint samples, fabric swatches, etc. 

Having this plan at hand will also make it easier for you to divide up the work that’s to be done — you probably won’t be able to tackle all of it in a weekend. Work slowly and mark completed tasks off of your list until your open-concept is finished and cohesive.

2. Take What’s There Into Consideration: This tip ties in with budgetary concerns and constraints. Perhaps you’re working with a small amount of money, but still want to create something with more flow. 

In this scenario, you’ll have to make some sacrifices and work with some of the materials already present in your home.

You can still come up with a cohesive look without ripping out your cabinets, swapping appliances, putting down new flooring, etc. All you have to do is find colors that complement the wood and metallic tones that are already present, since they’re now a part of your color palette.

3. Find Your Style: Some homeowners have no problem defining their personal décor style. Are you French country or modern? Rustic or glam? Do you know?

If you don’t, don’t worry — there are different ways to help you begin designing your space. An easy way to get started by yourself is to look for online resources such as Pinterest. 
Pinterest will easily help you become inspired with endless décor inspirations. Pin the spaces that speak to you and try to replicate the look at home. 

If you find yourself liking more than one particular style, don’t worry about that either: many designers pluck elements from different genres in order to create a unique look. The coordinating colors will pull it all together.

4. Add and Take Away: When the time for a room installation comes, interior designers often show up with more accessories than they’ll actually need. That’s because they know the importance of editing, especially when putting the final touches on a space.

You can and should do the same for your own project. Shop for accessories and be generous in your purchasing. 

Then, go home and try different combinations of knick-knacks on your bookshelves, mantle, coffee table, etc. 
The winning combinations stay, and you can return everything else you don’t need — just be sure to keep all of your receipts throughout the process so you can do so.  

5. Let the Space Change With You: A designer’s job is never really done. For example, imagine you have finished designing your living room, but go on vacation to Italy. 
A street artist is painting a canvas that you would love to hang over your fireplace… if only it matched all of the colors in your space.

A piece that tugs at your heartstrings could be the impetus to switch things up, and you can definitely lean into that feeling. 

Obviously, you can’t redo your rooms every time you see something that you like that’s not quite on theme. However, you can make little swaps over the years to keep it interesting, fresh and of course, unique. 
And special pieces like the painting described above might be reason enough to switch up your complimentary accessories in order to make it work.

At the end of the day, it’s most important that you enjoy living in the space you’ve created. Cohesiveness and personality work together to make that idea a reality that you get to live in and enjoy for years to come.  

About Kacey:
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for "The Drifter Collective." Throughout her life, she has found excitement in the world around her. 

Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations, cultures, and styles, while communicating these endeavors through her passion for writing and expression. 

Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.

The Drifter Collective: An eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us.


  1. I love these tips. Especially #5- Decorating to enjoy the space♥

  2. Some great design tips - thanks!

  3. This type of plan works for a lot of people, but not for me. I wait to see what the room tells me. I look at the walls at different times of the day to see what color it pulls from whatever is in the room. Some rooms pull yellow tones while other rooms pull blue tones, even though I have no idea why.
    My eclectic style is not for everyone and that's perfectly ok. To me, a room is so much more interesting if it houses things you love, things that have meaning for you. Buying a load of accessories because they are in fashion or the right colors to match your furniture is highly over rated. I see an awful lot of that stuff at the local Goodwill. A friend's mother used to redecorate her entire house every year with a different theme. If that's what brings you joy then go for it. Personally, I would rather have a slowly acquired variety of treasures to gaze at. I'm not decorating to impress anyone, I just gather around me what makes me happy.
    Do I change things up occasionally? Yes, but the changes are usually subtle and sometimes cost nothing except time to move things from one room to another.
    The fun part is that everyone is different in how they see and do things.


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