Finding Your Design Style
Searching for your individual style in this world is so important. However, finding your design style is essential for your individuality and sometimes your sanity. If you are anything like me, most days are filled with activities that are designed(no pun intended) to service something or someone else. Being a mom usually has me doing hair, helping with homework, cooking dinner and sometimes I am a mannequin stand-in for my youngest daughter’s pretend YouTube videos. Add my 9-5 to that and I’m exhausted.
As a little girl my family and I would take drives through different neighborhoods on warm summer nights. I wasn’t playing with my barbies, instead I was looking out the window into the homes with their doors and drapes open trying to catch a glimpse of how the inside was decorated.
Little did I know, I wasn’t just looking at what pleased my young eye, I was identifying my individuality and my style. However, as I grew into a young lady and ultimately grew into a woman, wife and mother that style would evolve.
Don’t believe that developing your decorating style is permanent. Life experiences will grow and change us and as our experiences change then our design style will change too. The beauty of identifying your design style is that it belongs to you and does not have to fit into a perfect mold and you can change it as you see fit. There are of course some text book defined styles but let them serve as a guideline and not as law.
According to a survey done by Houzz out of 1700 people surveyed only 2 percent were happy with their home decor. What does this mean? You are not alone. A lot of people have no idea how to decorate their home or what their design style is. Finding your decorating style is not as hard as you think so put away your fears and let’s take a look at how we can change this.
Different Home Decorating Styles
There are a lot of different styles to choose from and I will admit I am learning more and more about them and my individual style every day because I am still growing and evolving too. There are no right or wrong ways to define your style and it is possible to combine a few to create a great look that you will be happy with. First let’s explore some more popular home decorating styles to give you a starting point.
Contemporary-Means living or occurring in the moment so this design style is ever-changing. The focus of this style is on line, shape and form. More neutrals like, creams, browns, taupe will lend themselves to this design style with pops of bold color. The furniture will have more emphasis on clean lines and smooth surfaces to create more of an open space.
Minimalist-Defined by a foundation that is simple in nature. Quality over quantity rule in this design style. Open floor concepts that have minimum amount of details and furniture. White rules in this space and is the basis for it’s color palette. The idea of light and airy.
Traditional-When you think of traditional, think of comfort and classic. Everything feels familiar, placed neatly in pairs and centered. Very symmetrical Furniture will display some slight curves. There will be trim and crown moldings hugging the walls. Hardwood floors, separate dining rooms and classic drapery.
Modern-Simple and uncluttered is best to describe this style. Lots of open spaces, flat screen televisions, and clean lines. There is the use of a monochromatic color palette. I talk about monochromatic colors in this article, Choosing The Best Interior Color Schemes Its more about function and less about the fussiness of details. Low horizontal furnishings and more metal and glass are used.
Mid-Century Modern-It basically describes architecture and graphic design from the mid 20th century. The color pallete consists of bold pops of color.
Coastal-Lots of natural sunlight. The natural look and feel of the ocean lends itself to the color palette. The decor invokes a casual feeling and less likely to have carpeting. Floors are usually covered in knotted wool or maybe made of bamboo or some other type of light colored wood.
Industrial-This style has a look of old factories. You can find exposed brick, exposed piping, steel beams and anything displaying building materials.
Rustic-A more natural and organic look. Reclaimed and distressed woods, tarnished metals or more natural shapes and surfaces are not smooth. Rugged looking decor. Clean lines this is not!
What Does Your Life Say?
For any cohesive decor that will not only look good but feel good has to consider the people who will be using that space. How will the space be used? Does it need to be kid friendly? Will it be a place of relaxation? How often do you entertain and will you be using this space to do it? These questions and more need to be answered to have a starting point. One way you can get a good idea of what your space needs is to take pictures of your space. Take pictures from different angles and different places in the room. Answer some of these questions when you are choosing your decor and color palette.
What Does The World Around You Say?
Now that you’ve taken pictures of your inside, now go take pictures of your outside. Go to some of your favorite places and take notice of the decor. If that space gives you the feeling or the look you want to achieve in your own home then go for it. Take notice and replicate. Home decor magazines are a good resource as well. I’ve even seen a suggestion to go to model homes because seeing it in person has a lasting impact.
Make A List.
What are the things that you love? Make a list of all the things that you love in the order from greatest to least. This will give you a focus and because you love them it will in turn create a space that you will love. It is important to note that you can include places you love as well.
Keep It Together.
Sometimes it helps to take a look at everything and create a theme out of it. A theme will cause your decor to have a focus and it will make decorating your space easier. It will produce a more cohesive look. There is nothing worse than a space with a bunch of unrelated things scattered about. If there are more unrelated items then take the few that are related and put them together. Putting like things together in a collection which can create a focal point.
Now Was That So Bad?
Your decorating style is just that. Yours! You could follow one of the defined styles or you can create one all your own. Now that you have an idea of what the different home decorating styles are and I’ve equipped you with a few steps to help you clearly define your style, my hope is that you have the confidence to rock any style you choose and make it all your own. Happy decorating!