I have been thinking lately about how one’s personal decorating style relates to 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 would you love to travel? Your answers to these questions can help you define your own style. Not sure where to start to create a home that really reflects your personality? Maybe you’ve already made several 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. I know what you are thinking, how to develop your own sense of style sounds mind-boggling. Let’s take a look at ten simple tips that will help you hone in on your own sense of 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 the opinions that you have and give you confidence in your style 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.
M Elle Designs
Walk Around Your Home and Go through your things
Incorporate your Travels & Adventures
Consider Function and Aesthetics
Mix and Match
Start with Neutrals
This will give you a solid foundation on which to build your style. You can always add more colors, patterns and textures in your accessories.
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 stuff easily and create a more cohesive look.
Through life changes, we become wiser with age. Finally understanding what is really important makes you realize that you’ve come full circle. Knowing your style is all part of settling into your 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.
A few years ago if I were to search my own space for an image that best defined my sense of style it probably would have been this. I still have all of the items in the picture but have displayed them differently (well almost all the chest is on the chopping block).
Even though I still prefer a collected look, today it probably would be this image. A little cleaner and a little more spare, no more glazed walls (ick)
Remember definining 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? Do any of the images above speak to you?
I would love to hear which of the above images best reflects your personal style and why? You might find the links below helpful.
Also, you might want to check out my post The Collected Look and How to Get It
I did a little experimenting with this post and I would like to hear if it is something you would like me to do from time to time. I have had so many emails and questions about how to get a collected look, that I decided to do a get the look inspiration board for the Sean Anderson look above. Let me know if you like the concept (they are very time consuming) and if they are helpful. I will try to do them on occasion if you find them worthwhile.