When you are creative, it can be difficult to find your decorating style because so many ideas are amazing! Here are some tips on how to narrow down the field and help you choose the right style for your home.
The Internet is a wonderful thing. With it we have knowledge and resources at our fingertips. Nearly anything you could search for can be found, typically in overwhelming quantities.
Home decor magazines and books have been around for decades. No one could deny either their useful usefulness or casual enjoyment.
I love receiving new decor books in the mail, devouring them in one sitting, then going back to read them more thoroughly. In more recent years, web based resources such as Pinterest and Houzz have given us access to unending ideas and inspirations, not even limited to home decor.
It is both a blessing and a curse. You may start with a search on paint colors that correspond with your carpet, and end in the midst of a shabby chic black hole surrounded by ideas you only wish you had the time to try! When you love everything it can be difficult to find your decorating style.
It’s partially these endless inspirations that are to blame for style confusion and indecision. If someone were to ask you what your decor style was, would you be able to answer? Could a friend accurately describe your tastes? If not, you may benefit from reading through these simple suggestions to find your decorating style.
How To Find Your Decorating Style
What don’t you like?
The first step I suggest may be the very last thing you’d think to do. Take special note of things you do not like.
It’s sometimes easier to definitively say you don’t like something than to decide what you like the most. Though it may sound inconsequential, using your dislikes as a foundation is an excellent starting point.
Try creating a list of things you most certainly wouldn’t want in your space, thinking of it as clearing away mental clutter. It may also help you think more clearly about what you do want.
What do you like?
Keep track of what you do like, and refine it on occasion.
I’m sure many of us our guilty of the Pinterest binge. You know, when you just pop on the app for a quick break and 200 pins later you’re pushing your phone away full of shame?
If you use sites like Pinterest, revisit those saved images after some time as passed and delete anything that no longer strikes your fancy. The same can be done with magazines, holding onto clippings and then tossing those you no longer care for.
What style makes you feel comfortable?
Spend some time considering atmospheres that you feel most comfortable in.
Do you prefer cozy spaces or modern simplistic surroundings? It’s easy to fall in love with a variety of styles, but once applied to you life some may be more appealing than others.
Small changes then big changes
Don’t make big changes right away.
This is a piece of advice I have trouble following myself.
It has been said that you should give yourself ample time to grow accustom to a new home before doing any major renovations or making irreversible changes. While I find this difficult myself, it is certainly worth trying.The wait may help give you focus on what you really want, and also lends its way to my last tip.
You may find that you’re simply passionate about design, and that you can see yourself using any number of styles.
If this is the case, as it is with me personally, use your home’s architectural style as a guide. Rustic may not feel quite right in your split level, or you may find that modern doesn’t fit your colonial the way you’d like. Do some research on the prevalent styles during the time period your home was built, and you may be inspired to create something similar.
Using these tactics should help you formulate an idea of the style which best suits you, very similar to clothing styles. Like everything else, however, remember that you aren’t regulating yourself to a specific category. This is only your foundation. Many different decor styles mix well together, and you may simply have an eclectic soul that can be put into any one or two categories.