No one ever said decorating was east… You spend countless hours browsing Pinterest for ideas and shopping online to find the perfect furniture, hoping it all comes together. Not to mention the expense that comes along with decorating a home! The thought of making a—dare I even say it—costly purchase mistake is enough to make one stop decorating all together. Girl, I hear you.
Knowing your decorating style gives you clear direction and an action plan so you feel confident when picking out decor or furniture. Here are five steps to help you uncover your signature style and un-complicate the decorating process.
- How do you want your home to feel?
It sounds strange, but how you want your home to feel plays a big role in the designs you choose. For example, if you want a calming and relaxing room, you probably wouldn’t paint the walls bright red. When you walk into your home after a long day, how do you want it to feel, relaxing, calm? I want my home to look, clean, cozy, bright, beachy? I want my home to make me feel, modern, stylish, and comfortable?
- What items do you current own and love?
Start by recognising the items in your home you love and ask yourself: Why do I love this piece? It can be anything from furniture to decor. Walk around your home and write down the things you see that make you happy.
- Start a Pinterest Board
Who doesn’t love spending time on Pinterest! Make a Pinterest board and pin at least 20 home images you absolutely love. You should only pin images of spaces where you would truly want to live. There’s a difference between liking a style and liking it enough to want to live in the space. It’s super helpful to pull inspiration and get an idea of what you’re drawn to.
- Identify your style
Looking at your pins and the current items you love from step 2, you should start to see a few common themes emerge. These are your style elements! You can use your answers from step 1 to make sure your elements align with the feelings you imagine for your home. When decorating, incorporate these style elements to achieve a home that reflects the style you love.
- Name your style
You’ve just uncovered your signature style! Give your style a name and refer to it as you’re decorating your home. I named my style “modern rustic chic” because I like rustic elements combined with modern design. You can use words like traditional, modern, eclectic, mid-century modern, colorful, rustic, casual, sophisticated, etc. to name your style.
Putting in a little extra time up front to uncover your true signature style will save you time and money in the end as you decorate.
What’s your style?