The process of decorating and curating items for our homes goes something like this: It’s never done. Trends change, tastes fluctuate and we sometimes find ourselves with a mix of decor items that aren’t quite eclectic, but instead are a bit confusing.
Evaluate Your Current Decor
The key to decorating your home in a way that’s consistent and indicative of your personal taste is to find a style that is timeless. Rather than working to understand what the different types of decorating styles are, there are a few questions you should first ask yourself:
- What are some of your favorite things in your home right now?
- What is it about those things that inspires you or that you love?
- Which do you rank higher, sentimental value or aesthetic?
- Do the lines and structure of an item grab your attention more, or its color?
- Do you notice texture first or how an item casts light?
- Do you love or avoid bright colors?
- Are you drawn to rooms that have a lot of decor, or would you rather the room be more minimalistic?
While these questions may seem basic, the answers to all of them will help you begin painting a roadmap to what your personal decorating style could be.
Once you’ve highlighted the favorite items in your home, you can begin considering the items that don’t particularly bring you joy or add to the aesthetic of your home. For those items, you can donate them or even sell them to add back to your design budget. Then, evaluate what it is about the pieces that you love that brings you that joy. Is it a specific color, material or shape? Or does it very clearly fall under a specific style or aesthetic (like coastal, Scandinavian, farmhouse or minimalism)? Keep those items and the style that you love in mind as you’re curating new items for your home.
Coastal Design (Image via)
Farmhouse Design (Image via)
Consider Your Lifestyle
Your lifestyle also plays a huge role in what your overall design and style will be in your home. Your lifestyle factors in more than just whether or not you’re a busy mom, professional or traveler, it also considers the people that are in your circle.
When you’re having a conversation, do you find yourself paying attention to the tiniest of details or do details seem unimportant to you? Does your friend group tend to be more creative, conservative or traditional? Do you love getting dressed up or is a day in your yoga pants your absolute favorite thing? The answers to these questions will also point you toward a certain design style.
If you don’t love details, a shabby chic home may feel too cluttered and busy for you. If you have a long-term friend group, you may lean more toward a sentimental mix of decor items. If you would rather spend the day in yoga pants versus a dress and heels, you may want more of a Scandinavian minimalism to your home.
Shabby Chic Decor (Image via)
Scandinavian Minimalism (Image via)
Choose a Style That’s Personal to You
No matter what style of design or decor you choose, make sure it’s personal and unique to you. When you walk into your home each day, you should feel a sense of peace, calm, creativity and joy.