Have you ever looked for similarities in rooms you are attracted to in magazines or online?
That’s one of the best ways to determine what you like for your own decor. If you don’t know where to start here are several suggestions to set you on your way to finding your personal decor look.
Develop a vocabulary for your style
Initially you may not have the words to describe why you are attracted to a space or why you find it interesting, but you will over time if you do enough looking and comparing.
- Start with some rooms you don’t like at all.
When you have about 10 or so look at them and decide what you don’t want in a space. This is just as important as what you do want.
Here’s a room that doesn’t particularly ring my chimes because it has too much glitz and materialism. It reminds me of a woman who has on too much makeup and bling, but there are lots of people who love a glam look. I’m not judging, just saying it’s not for me.
2. Have a category for rooms that you like aspects of
It might be the furniture or the fabrics or layout. It could be how it is accessorized. It could have one thing you like or a number of things. Identify what you like and don’t like.
You can be attracted to a space and not like all the components of it. I appreciate that this space is dramatic and artfully conceived. Dark wall colours are not part of my aesthetic nor is traditional decor, but I find myself drawn to this space. Why?
- mix of some traditional and modern (furniture and art)
- accessories in vignette combine colour, texture, form and different styles
- the perfect intersection of chair back with art making the chair an integral part of the vignette
- there is nothing cookie cutter about this space; it’s totally individual /unique
- the variety in the vignette arrangement takes my eye back again and again
- it is the opposite of what I like usually (light interiors, clean lines and more minimal look)
3. And most importantly find rooms you love
Here are some spaces I love from recent pins on Pinterest.
This room couldn’t be more different than the one above! It is a space that I think is timeless even with the bold tile choice.
Here’s what I like about it:
- simple geometric patterning in neutrals
- simple lines in flat panel doors
- mix of open shelves with doors to provide some visual relief
- mix of wood, white and geometric to add interest
- this would be in style for years
- mix of warm wood and neutrals
- a room has to have at 3-5 different patterns for me to find it interesting
- a touch of the outside is important to me (plants and wood)
- lots of textures
- pared down but inviting because of the rug and the pillows
Such a great space:
- white, black and wood
- it looks like a well composed abstract painting
- very geometric in layout, especially the vertical window and cube lights
- the mirror connected everything visually
- like how the sink is like a piece of furniture, not hidden
- this is a unique space