This post was written several years ago, but has continued to be one of my most read. It was time to redo it and dig a little deeper. Let’s talk about Ten Tips to Finding and Mastering Your Own Decorating Style.
TEN TIPS FOR FINDING AND MASTERING YOUR OWN DECORATING STYLE
I often think about the relationship between one’s decorating style and their fashion sense and vice versa. Finding your own style goes much deeper than just decorating. From the clothes you wear to the books you read and the activities you enjoy, style encompasses your entire life. What kind of music do you listen to? Which movies, books, and artists inspire you? Where do you enjoy traveling to? Your answers to these questions can help you define your own style. Are you unsure where to start to create a home that really reflects your personality?
Maybe you’ve made some decisions and purchases for your home that you regret, and now you second-guess yourself and overthink everything. We have all been there and done that. Everyone is creative and has originality. The challenge for all of us is to reign in those qualities and become confident in expressing them. Style is fluid. Your likes, needs, and wants will change over the years. Don’t let anyone tell you they won’t. This is the process of growing and developing your own personal style.
THINK ABOUT THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPING YOUR STYLE LIKE A LONG TERM PROJECT
The learning process is extremely valuable in establishing your personal sense of style. embrace the process of adding things one at a time, learning as you go. This process will help you trust your instincts and give you confidence in your choices
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH INSPIRATION
Search Pinterest, Instagram and Shelter magazines for spaces that speak to you. you will see unifying themes and have a better understanding of what you like and dislike. Take note of designers’ work that appeals to you.
Jill Sharp Weeks is someone that constantly inspires me. My aesthetic is not quite as refined as hers, but I learn something from every single vignette she creates. You can follow Jill on Instagram here.
WALK AROUND YOUR HOME AND EVALUATE YOUR DECOR
INCORPORATE YOUR TRAVELS AND ADVENTURES INTO YOUR DECOR
Think about the colors and textures and styles of the places that have inspired you. They say a lot about your personality and should translate easily into your decor. Integrate treasures from your travels into your decor.
In our former family room the mantle holds a folk art wood sculpture, a modern print, an antique bag from Istanbul and a vintage house vent & cupboard doors.
CONSIDER FUNCTION AND AESTHETICS
Think about how you will use the space in conjunction with the overall beauty. I am sometimes guilty of favoring beauty over function.
MIX AND MATCH
START WITH NEUTRALS
This will give you a solid foundation on which to build your style. Keep your foundation pieces neutral. You can always add more colors, patterns and textures in your accessories.
In our den I started with a neutral sofa and added ethnic pillows, antiques and treasures from our travels.
LOOK AT YOUR WARDROBE
Only Splurge on Things you Truly Love
Developing your own style is about understanding yourself, gaining the confidence to unleash your creativity. Consider what attracts you most to objects (shape, color, pattern, material?) and once you get your own preferences clear in your head, you can sort through your deccor easily and create a more cohesive look.
Through life changes, we become wiser with age. Finally understanding what is really important makes us realize that we’ve come full circle. Knowing our style is all part of settling into our home space. Don’t be afraid to copy – If you see something someone has done that you admire use it as a starting off point. Your own style will evolve as you collect ideas from others. Start to collect looks — Tear photos out of magazines, peruse Instagram, organize and pin your ideas on Pinterest. As you collect images you love, you’ll start to see your style evolve.
Remember defining and developing your style is a process. Be selective. Often, less is more when it comes to successful decorating. If you can identify your personal style and eliminate the excess, your home will be fabulous. Do you have a hard time defining your own personal style? If you have been reading this blog long, you know I favor a Collected Look. You might enjoy my post The Collected Look and How to Get It.
Thank you for reading Ten Tips to Finding and Mastering Your Own Decorating Style. What would you call your decorating style? Do you dress like your home?
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