Could the look of our Ideal Home be written in the stars? New York astrologist Lisa Stardust seems to think so. ScS has teamed up with the astrologist to come up with some tips to update your home based on your star sign decorating style – the theory being that each star sign thrives in different home settings.
Start the new year by creating a home that not only reflects your personality, but allows it to flourish
Read on, and discover if your home is need of a renovation to match your star sign.
How to decorate according to your star sign
Aquarius (January 20 to February 18) – Eclectic and timeless
Hayneedle describes Aquarians as having 'one foot in the past, one in the present and a head in the future'. So the perfect look for your home? A good dose of Mid-century with some up-to-the-minute tech thrown in for good measure.
Aquarians are known for being rebellious and groundbreaking, and are drawn to usual shapes and materials, especially in combination. Use colour to ground your otherwise flighty nature – pale blues and greens should do the job nicely, as will features like wood floors and leafy green plants.
It's also a good idea to create an area for quiet contemplation where you can organise your thoughts. Use floor cushions or pouffes, candles and make sure you have music flowing through the house.
'The walls must be filled with hip innovative art, old record albums, which are illuminated from the fluorescent glow of colourful paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling,' suggests Lisa.
Pisces (February 19 to March 20) – Coastal and dreamy
Last but not least we have daydreaming, imaginative Pisceans. While a lot of star signs focus on the shared rooms of the home, you have a slightly different focus – the bedroom and the bathroom.
A good night's sleep is crucial to a Pisces, so your bedroom needs to be the ultimate sanctuary. The bigger the bed, the better, and thick curtains or a blackout blind are a must.
A Piscean without a lavish bathroom is the ultimate fish out of water. 'The most important room for Pisces is the bathroom,' says Lisa. 'After all, they can escape from the stresses of everyday life and relax and unwind in the tub.'
Stick with a marine-inspired scheme that reflects your status as a water sign, with a waterfall shower, aqua accents and a tub made for long, contemplative soaks.
Aries (March 21 to April 19) – Bold and minimalist
Aries are not ones for clutter, and like to keep it simple, preferring large open-plan rooms over lots of smaller spaces. Ideally, those rooms should be easy to clean, so you can rush through the housework and burn off your seemingly boundless energy elsewhere.
Mars-ruled Aries is a fire sign, and this can be reflected in your colour schemes. Deep reds and daring oranges are apt choices for an Aries home. 'Aries love to be surrounded with bright colours,' explains Lisa Stardust. 'It boosts their passionate side and their powerful dynamic attitude. A bright accent wall can help temper their red-hot attitude. Also, a pop of colour in the kitchen will help calm their fiery energy.'
Feeling warm at all times is important, so it's recommended you opt for carpet over hard flooring. That, or invest in underfloor heating.
Because you belong to the first sign of the Zodiac, you have a reputation for being forward-thinking. This is something you can reflect in your home by picking abstract artwork or an out-there wallpaper. Just remember to calm it all down a bit with some reflective materials. You could, for example, hang mirrors or add a glass kitchen splashback. We don't want you feeling too overstimulated!
Taurus (April 20 to May 20) – Rustic and cosy
Taureans are ruled by Venus, the planet of 'lurve'... but fear not, we're not about to tell you to kit out your pad Austin Powers style. In reality, this translates to an appreciation of traditional beauty, rather than anything modern.
You want your home to envelope you in a big hug – yes Hygge was made for you. We're talking big comfy sofas, an equally sumptuous bed, and a huge table to accommodate your love of entertaining. There's no such thing as overdoing it with rugs, throws and cushions, and everything should be as tactile as possible.
'Lovers of the finer things in life, Tauruses will demand premium quality paint on the walls,' says Lisa. 'A matte cream will serve as a nice palette and background to hang their art and shiny accessories. In the bedroom satin sheets, high-quality faux-fur throws, and scattered luxury pillows on the bed will make them feel like the royal bull they aim to be.'
Because you're an earth sign, in the rest of the house it's good idea to surround yourself with organic materials and colours found in nature. Chunky wooden furniture, rustic stoneware and leafy green plants and succulents will appeal to your inner Earth Mother.
Gemini (May 2 to June 20) – Hi-tech and quirky
Attention-loving Geminis need a home that puts socialising first. We're not just talking a big dining area where you can serve up family feasts – there should also be space for dancing and playing, maybe even a games room.
Your tastes are constantly changing – a result of being the sign of the twins – so you need to make sure your interiors can be updated quickly. We suggest you pick a classic colour palette and furniture, and update them frequently with new soft furnishings and accessories. You're also into all the latest tech and mod cons. You're kitchen will have an induction hob and you're probably already controlling your smart thermostat with an Amazon Echo.
'All rooms should be light and airy – especially the living room where Geminis will spend the majority of their home time, in the social center of the house.' explains Lisa. 'A white shaggy rug, a glass coffee table topped with magazines, and oodles of books on the shelves make the ideal space for a Gemini.'
Cancer (June 21 to July 22) – Simple and homely
If the phrase 'home is where the heart is' applies to anyone, it's a loving, sentimental Cancerian. Trends and extravagance mean nothing to you – you're all about creating a setting that's welcoming and nurturing. Life will revolve around the kitchen and other shared spaces.
Furniture should be bought for comfort, not style. And storage is all important, as you're prone to hoarding mementos and treasured touchstones. You'll have photo frames everywhere, so you'd be wise to invest as a good duster!
Your nostalgia means you're best sticking with a classic or country look, decor wise, in neutral colours like white, pale grey and soft pastel blues, pinks and greens. Just don't go too chintzy with it, as Cancerians can have a reputation for being old-fashioned.
Lisa recommends washing your bedroom walls in lilac to create a cosy and girly bedroom. 'Lilac evokes creativity and calmness for honey Cancer, which allows them to relax,' says Lisa. 'The most important element of the Cancerian bedroom is the throw which is where you will find them snuggling up in their cocoon during the cold, blustery months.'
Leo (July 23 to August 22) – Opulent and regal
For horoscope royalty such as yourself, nothing but the best will do. You're fearless in your decorating style, and your home is your castle – sorry – your palace!
When it comes to choosing materials, it's a case of bring on the bling! You're a fan of luxury fabrics – silk sheets, cashmere throws and velvet upholstery will all feature heavily.
'Regal colours such as royal blue and vibrant red serve as great accents for the lion's lair, as they like to be surrounded by hues that represent their bold personality,' says Lisa. 'A high priced piece of art hanging on their walls will speak to the avant-garde nature of the friendly lion.'
Grand and gilded pieces of furniture might also make an appearance, but be careful not to overdo it. There's a fine line between regal and tacky! It's a good idea to mix in more understated pieces. So take a huge banquet table and add simple upholstered dining chairs in a classic taupe. Or pair a statement sofa in royal purple with paired-back armchairs.
As a Leo, you are ruled by the sun. Pay homage with a grand fireplace that puts solar energies at the very heart of your home. Finally, let in as much natural light as you can by keeping window dressings to a minimum, and maybe add a skylight or two.
Virgo (August 23 to September 22) – Practical and inspired by nature
Shy Virgos shun the spotlight – and the bling – at home. Instead, they take a more practical approach to decorating, and put utility ahead of looks every time.
Dirt and clutter are the enemy. You much prefer an open-plan layout over closed-off rooms, wood flooring over carpet and muted palettes over flashy colours. It's all about creating a home that's easy to keep clean, with a simple, modern look.
That said, there is one thing you always have space for, and that's books. Virgos just love to read, so you might want to indulge in a library or reading corner. And because the underlying energy of your sign is organic, you should make room for plenty of pot plants and freshly cut flowers to soothe you.
'Ruled by communicator planet Mercury, Virgos tend to like muted colours on their walls, as their analytical and critical tendencies make them unsatisfied in the long run when surrounded by colour,' says Lisa. However, Virgos will love a chalkboard painted wall to leave reminders, notes, and it's changeable nature suits mutable Virgo.'
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Libra (September 23 to October 22) – Feminine and stylish
'Lovers of peace, flair, charm and grace, Libras are known for their intellectualism, romanticism and fairness,' explains Lisa.
No doubt the recent trends for blousy florals and mood-enhancing Millennial pink have already made it into your home. You love a pretty, feminine look that reflects your artistic ways and love of natural beauty.
One thing you're not so hot on is being decisive, which means it's easy for clutter to build up. Offset that tendency by having regular clear-outs and by incorporating easy-to-access storage where things can be stowed away in a hurry.
The experts at Hayneedle suggest 'You'll benefit from a colour scheme in pastel shades of blue and green' and that 'glass tabletops and ornaments will help express your airy nature'. Make sure you're able to express your love of music, too, if not with an upright piano, then with a state-of-the-art multiroom music system, like Sonos.
Scorpio (October 23 to November 21) – Dark and dramatic
We won't go so far to call you the Princess (or Prince) of Darkness, but by George do you love a moody colour scheme. And because nobody tells a Scorpio what to do, when it comes to debating a decorating scheme with a partner, you always get your way.
Create a cosy space you can retreat to with dark midnight blues, purples and charcoal greys, mixing in exotic ethnic patterns and finds from far-flung travels.
'The main room that matters in a Scorpio household is the bedroom,' says Lisa. 'Their opulent bed must be trimmed with baroque fabric, as it will be the core focus of seductive Scorpio's boudoir.'
Scorpios are known for their individualism and flair, but you shouldn't neglect simple comforts. Choose soft squishy sofas, a king-size upholstered bed and let in the light. Hayneedle's advice is to 'provide balance with natural light in spacious areas - you'll be pleased by the contrast this creates.'
Sagittarius (November 22 to December 21) – Outdoorsy and open
It's hard not to love a smiley Sagittarian – and because of that, you're again going to need a lovely big open-plan space to entertain your many friends. Ideally it should have bi-fold doors that lead out to the garden, because you love the great outdoors. You might even want to invest in an outdoor kitchen you can use all year round.
It's worth trying to bring nature into your home, too. Flowers and intense will lift your mood, while leather upholstery will 'feed your love of tribal wildness', according to the folks at Hayneedle. For domestic bliss they advise that you avoid 'trendy fads' and 'industrial perfection' and instead 'make your home slightly rough around the edges with well-trodden rugs and old wooden furniture'.
Colourwise, purples, oranges and reds will put you in a good mood.
Capricorn (December 22 to January 19) – Traditional and practical
Think Capricorn and an Oak Furnitureland ad might spring to mind. That's because you're practical and hate to cut corners. You want solid pieces of furniture and tough fabrics that will stand the test of time. If it's flat pack, it's going back!
You're drawn to natural materials like solid wood, thick granite and earthenware. Similarly, your preferred palettes tend to draw from nature – taupe and emerald green will be among your favourite colour trends right now. But don't forget to add a splash of colour to keep the look from seeming mundane.
'A cool evergreen wall will honour their chic, classic and traditional interiors,' suggests Lisa.
We're not quite sure which signs rule over others if you're co-habiting – but perhaps you can tell us. Or maybe it's a case of working the two approaches together for domestic bliss.
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Amy Cutmore is an experienced interiors editor and writer, who has worked on titles including Ideal Home, Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc, Real Homes, GardeningEtc, Top Ten Reviews and Country Life. And she's a winner of the PPA's Digital Content Leader of the Year. A homes journalist for two decades, she has a strong background in technology and appliances, and has a small portfolio of rental properties, so can offer advice to renters and rentees, alike.
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