When shopping for your home, are you attracted to everything because you have no idea what’s really you? You can have an appreciation for all things, but that doesn’t mean you need to have all of it in your house. Talk about confusing!
Perhaps you need to find your decorating style.
Many of you may have developed your style years ago. Others may be starting out or in a transition period. Are you struggling over buying decisions because you like too many styles?
Remember my New Challenge – Keep Only What You Love? In order to do that, you have to know what you truly love. You may ask,
How do I find out?
In the old days, we saved magazine pictures and collected them in a file. Things are much easier today – and more fun, too.
First of all, there’s Pinterest. Create a general board to collect the rooms you love. Create more specific boards for narrower focus areas like furniture styles, kitchens, bathrooms, window treatments, organization systems, and others.
WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF AS YOU SAVE:
- What do I like in that picture of a beautiful room? What things would I like to live with? Maybe even more importantly, ask yourself what things you could NOT live with.
For example, I won’t say which, but there’s a certain decorating style that brings negative feelings when I look at it. I don’t understand it, but that’s not the point. If it invokes bad feelings, I don’t want that in my home. Establishing this early has helped me avoid things that even hint at that style.
- Is it trendy? Trends come and go. Think of zen, chalkboard, burlap, country, and others. I realize you may still like some I listed, but they’re all on the downturn. Anything at the height of popularity soon will be.
Remember polished brass fixtures? It’s back! Many spent thousands ridding their homes of brass when brushed chrome and oil-rubbed bronze came on the scene. Lucky for us, it’s all “in style” now, so choose what you love and stick with it. We don’t have to change everything over and over again. Save your money!
Take note of the things that make your heart sing. Write it down – yes, with pen pushed against paper, in a notebook. Over time, you’ll see a trend…your trend. Your personal style will emerge. It won’t have a name, per se, but it will be a combination of styles. One or two will be your major areas, while others will take second, third, and fourth place. You can incorporate all of these in your home to the same degree of their placement in your list.
Houzz is another favorite of mine. You can create idea boards for collecting pictures of whatever you like – bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, etc. You can even create idea boards for occasions, like Christmas.
Here are a few things I clipped recently that really speak truth to my style. These chairs sing to me! I also like the painted legs on the island’s seating extension, and subway tile is my favorite type of back splash. The lantern lighting? Not so much. But you might love them!
This kitchen is very different, but the brickwork is unique. Since I’m vertically challenged, I need and love the ladder. (Gee, is there any lighting these days I love?)
Do you see how these pictures speak to my southern/traditional/farm house/antique with-a-pinch-of-rustic combination style?
I think you’ll see a trend develop pretty quickly after starting your collection. As you collect, think about reality. All white rooms make beautiful pictures. But, could you truthfully live without color in your home? Is it practical?
To create the home you love to live in, you need to decide what truly speaks to your soul. I learned a long time ago to not make an expensive or physically large (hard to move) purchase until I’d slept on it first. Waiting a few days can help solidify your true feelings about an item. I’ve often realized later that it would have been a mistake to buy. Better safe than sorry!
What styles speak to your decorating truth soul? Can you put any sort of name to your combination yet?