Decorating our home goes beyond achieving an intended aesthetic or functionality. It is also about making a home our own through significant details that tell stories and bring well-being to ourselves.
We talked to Geraldine Padilla, -a mexican architect and anthropologist who lived in Chiapas for several months among artisan women- about contemporary decoration practices and how we can transform our spaces. These are some of her tips:
Choose a color palette
Go to a store that specializes in paint—they tend to offer catalogs with current trends—, or search online for a combination of color shades that you like best. Then, distribute those colors around the spaces in your house, both on the walls and the furniture or decorative pieces. Choose the ones that accentuate color and provide unexpected details.
Go for the handmade products
Add artisanal elements that make the environment richer and attract attention: use textile as a table runner, a clay flower pot, a woven rug next to your bed, or a glass jug on your desk.
Fill every corner with life!
Quarantine has made us realize the importance of being in touch with nature, and now more than ever, we can feel its benefits, such as reductions in stress, mental exhaustion, and insomnia. Bring that feeling of well being home by placing some plants around the house or creating a small garden with fragrant herbs.
Incorporate natural fibers
Materials such as linen, cotton, wood, or ixtle are great resources that provide spaces with warmth. Wicker and palm baskets harmonize spaces with plants. Bonus tip: placing a blanket and some pillows is an invitation to have a relaxing time during the day.
Conquer every space
Try to surround yourself with elements that transmit who you are, what you love doing, or what makes you feel good. Decoration is an expression of self love and self care; think of your space as an extension of yourself.
Buy beyond the price
Learn to appreciate the value of each element you bring into your home. Be curious about getting to know what you are buying, and choose vendors who engage in sustainable practices and fair trade.