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Defining Your Design Style

When it comes to your home decorating style, do you feel like you have lots of ideas but you don’t know what to focus on? Learning how to choose a design style makes decorating your home so much easier. Choosing a design style that reflects your personality and tastes allows you to decorate your home with confidence, knowing exactly what will look great and make you happy. Here are our tips for defining your design style and identifying your aesthetic.

Understand interior design styles. There are dozens of interior design styles. A significant challenge many people face is a lack of understanding or vocabulary to describe or define their personal design preferences. Understanding the defining characteristics of each will guide you in searching for inspiration. From Mountain Modern to Traditional to Mid-Century, each interior design style has its own feeling and personality. Search online or use our Design Styles board on Pinterest as a guide to learn about various interior styles.

Gather inspiration. One of the first, and easiest, things you can do to determine your style is to take to the internet. Saving interior design images that inspire and spark your interest will help you to identify themes and patterns in your preferences. Instagram or Pinterest are great places to find design inspiration. Take note of the styles that you gravitate to most and try to identify similarities in the photos you love.

What inspires you? Your home should be a reflection of who you are at the deepest level. Recognizing your personal decorating style has to do with tuning into your own wisdom, intuition, and inspirations, rather than just following trends. Try to identify a design style that resonates with your personality and what you are inspired by. Whether you are inspired by a certain landscape, a particular style of art, or specific colors, there is a design style to compliment!

Look in your closet. As interior designers, we understand that the leap from fashion trends to interior trends isn’t very far. Just by looking in your closet, you can identify what colors, fabrics, or patterns you gravitate towards. If comfort and ease are important to your wardrobe, then this should translate into your home. Look for styles that feel casual and liveable. If your wardrobe suggests that you like to dress to impress, then you may want your home to take on a more formal and luxurious feel.  If you find that your wardrobe is full of bold color or interesting prints, graphic fabrics and wallcoverings can help you achieve a more lively and dynamic aesthetic,

Photo Credit: The Identite Collective

There is no right or wrong way to find your own, unique, style! For more ideas of different design styles, check out our projects in our portfolio.

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