Home decorating provides endless possibilities to express your personal sense of style, and in a way that everyone who enters your home can notice and appreciate. But what if you aren’t sure exactly what your personal style is? Whether you’ll be decorating your home yourself or with the help of a professional interior designer, it’s important to have an idea of what your ideal style of decorating is (and what it’s called) to make the process as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
1 – Start with a Goal List
Sometimes when you have a big decorating project to plan, it can be a little too easy to start feeling overwhelmed. Unfortunately, being overwhelmed can lead to more impulse choices, or sometimes even losing track of the big picture. Your decorating style isn’t limited to the things that visually appeal to you, it also includes practical measures for your everyday living. When you take a thoughtful approach to decorating, the results will be both attractive and functional.
So, before you get carried away, sit down with a cup of coffee and write a list of goals that you can use as a guide for your home decorating. Ideally, you’ll actually make a few lists, one for your entire home and one for each individual room. If you’re not sure where to begin, here are a few questions to help:
What kind of atmosphere would you like for the room? Do you want it to feel quiet and comforting? Bold and creative? When you know the mood you want for each room, it’s easier to make choices that will emphasize it. You might like those wildly patterned curtains, but not in a bedroom you want to feel calm, where a solid satin fabric would feel better.
What activities will you be using the room for? Will the room have multiple functions? Good design is much more than how things look, it’s how things feel and function as well. You’ll need to plan the layout, furnishings and everything else accordingly.
How do your needs for the room translate for you? For example, “comfortable” decorating means different things to different people. One person might feel most comfortable in a very minimalist room, while another might need a more cozy approach with more decorative elements and “things” on the shelves, on tables, etc.
If at any point in the decorating process you start feeling indecisive or overwhelmed, just take a moment to review your lists and you’ll be back on track in no time!
2 – Explore Ideas & Possibilities
You imagination doesn’t cost anything to use, so start looking around for ideas and thinking about how you might incorporate them into your home. One of the best things you can do to find your personal decorating style is look around at as many different styles as possible. There are endless magazines, interior design websites, and home decorating books that you can comb through for new ideas.
As you look at different styles of decorating, try keeping track of which styles appeal to you the most. Many people don’t have a strict style, but instead have a personal style that’s made up of a blend of several styles. When you start to notice a trend, you can use it to search more specifically for ideas you’ll like. For example, if photos of rooms you like have captions mentioning minimalist style, you can try looking specifically for minimalist interior design. If you can’t stop staring at that Edwardian styled sofa in a shop window, look around at Edwardian furniture for other things you might like.
If you need a solution for a specific problem or conflict, look around at multiple ways of accomplishing what you want until you find the perfect one.
3 – Collect Your Favorite Ideas
If you want your home to truly express your personal style, you’ll need to decorate with things that you really love. As you explore decorating possibilities, collect the ideas you’re crazy about through notes and photos. There are a few ways you can do this, and just like developing your personal decorating style, it’s important to choose what works best for you.
Traditional Notebook/Board: Many people do their best thinking when they have actual hard copies and materials they can physically hold in their hands. You can use a traditional board or notebook to collect photos, magazine clippings, sketches, and descriptions.
Digital Notebook/Board: If you created your list for step one on your phone or computer, a digital solution will probably work best for you. There are many free apps available that allow you to organize digital notes and photos into notebooks or boards, such as Pinterest.
Take a look at our Pinterest page for a great place to start.
PS: Don’t Forget to Enjoy the Process!
When you use the things you personally love to develop your home’s decorating style, your home becomes your story. What will your home say about you?
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