Everyone has their own personal style - some more defined than others. My style has been relatively consistent over the years but does change and morph as I get older and learn more about myself.
You have a personal style, too, whether or not you realize it! This style is what guides you as you design and furnish your home. In this post, I'll help you with the 3 step process of naming your style so you can find resources more efficiently.
Step 1. Find Inspiration
When we work together, the first thing I suggest to clients is to share Pinterest boards, Houzz albums, photos, magazine pages, vacation photos, favorite outfits, cherished artwork, or other media that resonate with them. Don't think about why you like the space; just get a ton of images.
When you have this volume of media, you can start to look for common styles. My favorite way to sort the photos is electronically and by room - Pinterest lets you organize boards within boards, making this process easy.
Historically, the three main styles are:
1. Traditional: think about raised panels, florals, ogee edges, and Turkish rugs.
2. Transitional: simpler details, a mix of traditional and modern design styles, and mixed patterns often of a smaller scale.
3. Modern: clean lines, room for pieces to breathe, limited palate.
All three styles are beautiful, and many clients live somewhere in the transitional space where I work on the east coast. We reference traditional designs and details and embrace a few modern pieces, but the middle is our happy place!
Step 2. Find Common Design Themes
Once you have your stuff gathered, look for common design themes in each. I help clients with this, but you can do this on your own, too. Think of it as a treasure hunt! Within the three broad categories above, there are lots of ways to get even more specific.
Does every living room have a bold rug, is every bedroom white, do your kitchens have ornate details or modern lines? Do you like tailored details, loose slipcovers, bold textiles, dramatic drapery, patterned papers? It's a lot to think about, but with all the images you have, you should be able to find these common patterns.
Step 3. Form Your Design Concept
When I work with clients, I help them with the sorting and discerning process. The advantage designers have is that we know many of the keywords, but if you're savvy, you can also read through image tags of your favorite images to get these words.
Keep a pen and paper next to you as you work and scribble down things you keep coming back to. Images tagged California modern, coastal luxe, modern traditional, etc. You'll quickly find that your searching becomes more focused and valuable as you know what to look for and how to find it. For example, instead of looking for a kitchen pendant, searching for a beachy seagrass kitchen pendant will get you to the right place a lot faster!
Once you can articulate your style, you'll save yourself the stress of impulse buying items that don't work in your home and with your vibe. You can edit your space with confidence, but if you get stuck, I'm here for you to help you through this process!
Ready to start planning your one-of-a-kind dream space? Let's chat!