What’s Your Personal Interior Design Style?
How would you define your personal interior design style? Finding the answer may prove more challenging than you think. When decorating our homes, many of us operate with an “I-know-what-I-like-when-I-see-it” type of mentality. Also, of course, personal style is just that – personal. Everyone has their own unique array of preferences, likes, and dislikes, making it virtually impossible to fit neatly into any one specific style box. As a result, many home interior projects often swerve into more than one aesthetic lane with dazzling results.
Still, having a general idea of your décor style (or preferred style mix) is a good first step to successfully developing a space that cohesively embodies and reflects that genre. In short, knowing where you stand creatively can help you zero in on what will work and resonate with you most to save precious time, money, and stress as well as ensure you love your finished space.
Getting Back To Basics: Some Popular Style Categories
Sure, you can take one of the many online quizzes to determine where you fall creatively. However, internet quizzes can be wrong (shocking, we know) and seeing just one single style definition based on answering a small range of questions can prove limiting. Understanding some of the basic details and nuances of several specific style genres can provide a great starting point for your project.
Some of the most popular categories include these:
Have an adventurous décor spirit? Or, love strategically layering rugs, tapestries, throws, and pillows for a deliberately messy, yet still surprisingly eye-catching look? You may be a bohemian stylist. Jewel tones (think, rich reds and purples), lush patterns, and a wide range of textiles add depth and warmth to these spaces. You can also combine organic accents such as wood, metals, and even animal hides to achieve this distinctively nomadic and spirited design.
Sleek, clean lines, basic shapes, and a muted, neutral color palette are all telltale signs of a contemporary design. Furniture and accessories sit lower to the ground and often tout steel, metal, and glass accents. With its uncluttered and streamlined layout, a contemporary room can also often display hints of a modern and/or minimalist vibe.
Shabby chic is one of the only styles originating in the 80’s that has successfully withstood the test of time (thankfully). A precursor to farmhouse design, shabby chic masterfully combines soft, romantic materials interspersed with demonstrably aged or distressed furnishings.
Right now the farmhouse look is everywhere (shiplap, anyone?). It’s the interior design equivalent of a fresh-out-of-the-oven pie, instantly evoking feelings of warmth, coziness, and comfort. Lots of salvaged materials, antiques, and reclaimed woods are signature traits of this rustic and versatile décor genre.
Think Palm Springs Rat-Pack, Mad Men, and a healthy pinch of The Brady Bunch. Mid-century modern’s vintage look showcases classic 50’s and 60’s inspired furniture, accents, and accessories. Rooms are characterized by bursts of bold colors such as orange, yellow, and the quintessential olive green in an eclectic blend of organic and synthetic materials.
This look celebrates exposing building materials and showcasing “unfinished” characteristics in a space. Neutral tones, uncovered brick walls, distressed wooden elements, and stainless steel everything creates a cohesive look in these rooms.
Classic 18th and 19th-century European-style furnishings and rich, textured fabrics come together in a traditional design. Peach and green tones are popular and furniture, cushions, and even wallpaper may tout striped, plaid, and floral patterns. Proper without being overly restrictive, traditional rooms incorporate formal space symmetry with whimsical touches such as gilt frames, bronze accents, and tassels.
Can’t make up your mind between a traditional and contemporary décor? Transitional may be your interior design style. This look seamlessly merges feminine and masculine, simple and sophisticated, and sleek and curved profiles. Clean patterns, warm tones, and plush materials join forces for a timeless, elegant, and inviting space.
More Tips To Make Your Space Distinctively You
Now that you have a general idea of your style inclinations, it’s officially time to get creative. Personalize your design by starting with what you know (and already own). Go through your existing items to determine what you love and absolutely must keep in your new space. Make a list of what should stay and then brainstorm ways to breathe new life into existing fixtures and furnishings for fast, fun, and inexpensive updates. Also, do your homework. Check out your favorite interior design television shows, visit your local home improvement stores, and go online for further style focus and inspiration.
Using A Professional Stylist to Develop Your Style
Perhaps the most effective way to truly pinpoint and develop your personal interior design style is to work with a professional stylist. An experienced interior designer will quickly help you identify your preferred look as well as work with you to successfully and quickly transform your living space from initial vision to final result.
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