I have a very important question to ask you… here goes… DO YOU KNOW YOUR DECOR STYLE? If you are like most people you sorta know what you like and what you don’t. You can tell me what you think your style is, but you probably can’t tell me with confidence and conviction! I think it’s important to know what styles you love and live with and what styles you aren’t fond of and perhaps are living with in spite of that fact! Let’s work together and try to get a good idea of our own personal decor style! Knowing your decor style will help you create a home you will feel comfortable in and love!
Today is HOME STYLE SATURDAY! Make sure you check out the other talented bloggers at the end of this post.
My style is a TRADITIONAL. I love classic furnishings..those that stand the test of time. Beautiful fabrics…symmetry… comfort…a little formality… calm and orderly…understated… refined and welcoming.
Don’t let the name “traditional” fool you. It does not mean staid or dated or too many patterns. That’s NOT traditional. Traditional is comfortable and well appointed and predictable in the best way possible. It is classic and the most welcoming. I bet most of us would classify our decor style as somewhat TRADITIONAL!
The threads that ties my style together are certainly classic and traditional but my style runs deeper than that… as do most of our styles!
My style is also FARMHOUSE. Farmhouse was originally a moniker for a type of house and a geographical area and not so much a style. Lately, farmhouse has BECOME a style!
I am very influenced by the gorgeous farmland that surrounds StoneGable and the style of our modern farmhouse. I lean towards the warmth of hardwood floors, planked walls, utilitarian accents, porches, living close to the earth, large kitchens and rockers on the front porch! Because I put an up-to-date spin on farmhouse style I like to call my style MODERN-FARMHOUSE LIVING.
These two style, TRADITIONAL and MODERN-FARMHOUSE influence my decor style the most!
INDUSTRIAL style often seeps into my farmhouse styling too! I like industrial metals and woods and mechanical details. But a little of this goes a long, long way. And if done right mixes wonderfully with Farmhouse style.
To did a little deeper I also love American furnishing as opposed to French or British or any other national influence. And I love the “coziness” of COTTAGE decor.
So my style is TRADITIONAL MODERN-AMERICAN-FARMHOUSE WITH A LITTLE INDUSTRIAL AND COTTAGE STYLING AROUND THE EDGES! SIGH! That’s a big mouthful… so I define it as AMERICAN FARMHOUSE LIVING!
Here are some tips for learning about YOUR style and how to decorate to get the look you love!
1. YOUR present decor may not be YOUR style!
The styles you love and are drawn to may not be sitting in your house right now! If you are like me, your home is a work in progress! You may be saving for a makeover, living with a piece you spent way too much money for because you can’t afford to get rid of it now, you don’t know how to make A STYLE change or… I could go on and on!
To help you define what you really love and what you don’t, start by creating a couple of pinterest boards and label them WHAT I LOVE and WHAT I’LL PASS! Spend some time each day adding to the boards. ONLY PIN WHAT YOU REALLY REALLY TOTALLY LOVE AND WHAT YOU DROOL OVER on the What I Love board. And only pin THINGS THAT WOULD NOT BE CAUGHT DEAD IN YOUR HOUSE to the other.
Do this for several weeks and see what you have. Find the common thread in each board. Spend time evaluating and write all your observations down. Yes, DO THIS! IT will give you an idea of what you would love to live with… and hence, your style!!!!
One of my very favorite Traditionally Styled homes from HOUSE BEAUTIFUL on my Pinterest board. Swoon!
2. CELEBRATE FURNISHING YOU HAVE THAT YOU LOVE!
Just because your home might not be “perfect” doesn’t mean that you dislike everything! We can all get into that all-or-nothing pit! Focus on what you do have that you love and find joy and inspiration in those pieces! And don’t forget to think “upcycle”! A great coat of paint or a wonderful fabric can transform home decor! Look at your stand-the-test-of-time decor and update it! You will be amazed at the difference!
See how I updated my planter HERE!
3. ACQUAINT YOURSELF WITH DECOR VOCABULARY
Get to know decor styles and what makes them distinct. Here are just a few styles…
- TRADITIONAL – see above. Think refined, familiar and comfortable.
- COUNTRY – traditional time-worn furnishings, warm, flea market, milk paint, ironstone, a feeling of comfort and home, NOT your mother’s or grandmother’s country! Think of small estate living.
- CONTEMPORARY -sleek, clean lines and subdued colors, pop of color added, low to the ground furnishings, few extras. Think urban living.
- FARMHOUSE-inspired by farmland and utility. Functional items, lots of galvanized metal, wood floors, white paneled walls, big kitchens, porches, rocking chairs. Think of StoneGable!
- MODERN- minimal furniture, stark, uncluttered, white with black accents. Think George Jetson!
- COASTAL- influence by the sea, airy rooms with light fabrics, whites and colors of the sea, nautical accents. Think beautiful homes on the ocean.
- COTTAGE- furnishings that show a little wear, botanical prints, wrought iron beds, quilts, cozy feel, fresh white paint on planked walls, open windows. Think sheer curtains wafting on a light breeze!
- INDUSTRIAL- raw unfinished look, lots of metal, exposed pipes and pipes in design, open shelving, unfinished look. Think warehouse.
- ECLECTIC- a mix of styles and periods that work together because of a common element like color. Think mix and match!
Know what elements constitute decor styles…especially the decor you love!
A gorgeous mid century eclectic bedroom from LONNY
4. DON’T FEAR CHANGE
My style, like most of yours, has evolved! Decor goes out of style EVERY YEAR!!! Yes! Some things you bought last year are already “out”! BUT DON’T FEAR CHANGE!!! Some things you are holding on to right now might be the very things that are choking your style.
Let go of furnishings and accents that are tired or very very out of style… IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT. And if you have any “mauve” decor… really? It’s time to get rid of it!!!!! And I only say this because I love you! Or at least upcycle it!
And now on the other hand, don’t get rid of wonderful things you love and are happy to live with if its out of style. If you love it… WHO CARES!!!
Here’s my decor secret… I choose classic big ticket items like sofas and chairs and beds in solid, neutral colors. These pieces will stand the test of time (or at least 10 years). I tend to buy trendy accent pieces that are very inexpensive to fill in my decor. They are easily replaced when I get tired of them.
Right now I’m getting rid of my chevron accent pieces and replacing them with iron orbs and black and white stripes. Don’t fear change… SMARTLY embrace it!
Oh, so gorgeous neutral pieces with trendy accents from BURLAP AND LACE
5. LIVE WITH WHAT YOU LOVE!!!!
The bottom line is… live with what you love no matter what styles and trends dictate! It’s your home and should be YOUR SYLE!!!! Live in it… and love it!
Follow these 5 easy tips to help you KNOW your DECOR STYLE! And it’s always fun to take a decor quiz or two!!! Here are some for you to enjoy…
Remember to pin this to your HOME or HOME DECOR Pinterest boards. You can follow me on Pinterest and see all the great things I’m finding to pin daily HERE.