Knowing your decorating style is the key to creating a home that truly reflects it. Itâ€™s this understanding that will fuel the decisions you make when it comes time to decorate, resulting in a place you love, or a place that just doesnâ€™t suit you.
Do you know what your decorating style is?
Several people do have a set style, but itâ€™s not uncommon for others to enjoy a mixture of them. In fact, liking elements from a variety of design styles is the norm! So, how do you go about defining a style? Letâ€™s take a look at how the process to figuring out what it is.
Think outside the box
Your design style doesnâ€™t necessarily get defined by how you decorate your house. A variety of thingsâ€”clothing you wear, music you enjoy, books you like to read, places you travelâ€”that reflect what style is. Think about those things and let them point you in the direction toward your style.
After that, take a look around your home. Look at your furniture to see what you really like and what you want to replace. Gather your cherished items to see what makes you feel joyful. Keep your eyes open to common colors, shapes, materials, shapes, etc, of things within your space. Doing things like this will help determine if youâ€™re more of a single style type or someone who prefers a blend.
A look at design styles
There are several design styles out there, so we wonâ€™t be covering all of them in depth here (see our Design Styles Defined posts). We will however, give a quick overview of 6 popular styles that might appeal to you.
Traditional: A timeless style that embraces detail. Heavier fabrics, intricate moldings, warm wood finishes and rich color palettes are often trademarks of this style.
Modern: Sleek, smooth and polished. Neutral color palettes, geometric shapes and an asymmetrical look are common.
Transitional: A clean and serene blend of traditional and contemporary style. Elements include simple yet sophisticated furniture lines, diverse textures and patterns within fabrics, neutral colors and minimal accessories.
Eclectic: A mix of several styles that work within a space as long as a common color, texture, finish or pattern can be found.
Cottage: Casual and comfortable style full of aged pieces and soft pastels.
Rustic: An informal, yet elegant style focused on natural, unrefined elements such as exposed beams, leather, wood floors, natural fabrics and stone.
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