Lately, when I walk into a room in my house, I feel like I’m home. I look around and smile as I think, “this is so me.”
But it wasn’t always that way. It’s been a bit of a journey, and these are the steps I took to get there:
5 Tips for Defining Your Style
1. Collect images of things you love: fashion, rooms, home accents…everything.
2. Take note of what it is you love in each image. The color? Certain shapes? A particular texture? The way two things go together? An essence or feeling? A pattern?
Let’s take this foyer featured by House Beautiful for example. I love the warm wood tones, the milky wall color, the splashes of gray, and the natural elements. This room feels warm, inviting, rustic, and organic.
It’s a simple, pretty space.
3. This next tip was advice given to me by Kathysue of Good Life of Design, and that is this: Take it a step further, and write down what you don’t like about the images you collected.
Continuing with the example from the photo above, I like the neutral color palette, but I would need to add a little more color if it were my home.
What words did you notice reappearing in your descriptions of the images you love? Everything you have or buy will need to fit that description.
5. Trust your gut.
That tip is based on advice my Aunt Marilyn gave me back in 1970 something when I was trying on a swimsuit. I kept turning and looking and looking and turning when Aunt Marilyn said, “If you have any doubts about it, don’t buy it.” I’ve lived by that advice ever since.
The bottom line is that you have instincts. Trust them.
If you follow these tips, you’ll start to love the home you’re with. I have.
And, be encouraged. You’ll be surprised at the beauty you can create using what you already have. I’ll show you how tomorrow.
See you in class,