Discover who you are and what makes you feel at home. Sounds easy right?
I used to feel a bit chained down by the thought of picking a decorating style and then sticking with it. I thrive on change! Luckily, I have learned along the way that it is O.K. to blend several styles. It’s actually pretty refreshing to juxtapose different designs in the home. I am sure you have heard of these popular decor blends….
I have to tell you about the first house we lived in. It is amusing! I would label it…..“A Trip Around the World”!
In our very first house…I had a different theme for each room. Oh, I cannot even believe it!
The kitchen was a Tuscan yellow with mustard sponge paint and was decorated with olives, oil and tomatoes. It was an Italian dream. You could almost smell pizza and olive oil from passing by that kitchen!
The living room was a dark olive-brown with dark leather furniture and brown shag carpet. We hung brown beaded curtains. Yep…all things were brown! No idea here…maybe I was trying to pay homage to chocolate?
The bedroom was decorated in a Moroccan theme, complete with a red, purple and gold bedspread with a red mosquito net….completely adorned with sparkly beads. We even wallpapered the main wall (behind the bed) in an exotic grass cloth. We felt like we were sleeping in a grass hut somewhere in Asia and completely protected from malaria thanks to that mosquito net.
The laundry room was blue with white stripes…ya know…for a “fresh linen” feel! Like a blue and breezy spring day.
Last, the bathroom was decorated in sea blue and seashells. Because, why not make a bathroom into an ocean getaway?! It is actually pretty amusing when I think back to the beginning of my decor style journey. While none of these styles are wrong, it IS kind of choppy and disjointed to “theme” each room.
Maybe I had decorating FOMO. Fear of missing out by using one decor style over another.
Over the years, I have definitely discovered the power of having a cohesive color pallet and the flexibility of coordinating my house. I can move ANY throw pillow to ANY room and it works. This is huge for someone like me (I dislike excess stuff that I have to store)! Being cohesive is another way to trick your eye into seeing the house as a whole…instead of several separate sections.
Back to you and finding your style! Here is the first assignment!
FIND INSPIRATION & PUT WORDS TO IT
Is a cozy retreat-like setting your thing? Or is an energizing and colorful space more desirable? Does a certain place you’ve visited inspire you? What is your dream vacation and why? Do you desire a quiet cabin or bustling city? I am completely drawn in by natural elements like wood and plants. I know that I am happiest in a home with wood floors! Inspiration is anywhere (books, magazines, restaurants, parks, nature, scents, etc.).
This book was a huge help to me in discovering what I really like and how to aim for my “perfect” style. There is even a section where you can write out your thoughts! Writing helped me put words to what was always swimming around in my head.
Are you drawn to light and clean colors or do you adore deep and saturated hues? There is no wrong answer. What if you like both?? I like both dark and light. I try to use both in my home so I don’t miss out of what they both offer. Contrast is a great thing! Think….light grey walls with a dark sofa. White tile floors paired with a dark and moody wall like we did here.
Hop on over to Chris Loves Julia and see how they do a marvelous job of mixing dark + light. I love how light and bright their house feels….all while using plenty of moody colors! Just look a few pics from their home below.
This book and this book are also amazing when trying to nail down your personal style. They are filled with inspiration, normal-person advice, and lots of easy and cheap ideas for your home. The authors are also the people who FIRST inspired me when diving into DIY and home improvements back in the 2007 ish time of my life.
Make sure you include some color, decor and furniture that invoke happiness or a sentiment. Pieces with a history or personal story make a room feel special. I love to be surrounded by books, blooms and candles so I make sure to have some (or all) of these items in my rooms.
I am mostly drawn to a clean and bright space…so I use a lot of white, light grey and then toss in my favorite colors (mint, mustard, navy, pink). The curtains are almost always open in our house too.
I refuse to block the natural light!
I use family furniture and many salvaged pieces that have a story and history. Displaying art or books that are a reminder of your faith is an excellent way to personalize and add meaning to your home.
This classic Domino book was also super helpful in guiding me to verbalizing my personal style. Bonus-the book is super cute so it is also part of my home decor.
Putting words to your style is a tricky task for most people. It is ok to make up words or borrow some of these that I have listed below. If I had to describe my style…it would include these words. Modern Vintage Farmhouse that is Collected with lots of Light and super Functional with a dash of Cozy and a sprinkle of Moody.
Most people are a combination of several styles and it is also definitely A-okay to add dashes and sprinkles of other styles into your main style! Have you ever considered putting words to what style you like to live in? Let me know what words best fit YOU!!