Envious of folks who seem to instantly know what they love? Who never question whether a new furniture piece is their style because they know so confidently what their style is? We've got seven ways you can learn how to pinpoint your style quicker and more easily.
Whether you're facing a new blank home that needs filling or you look around your current one and just aren't sure if looks like you, there might be some ways you can pinpoint the look. Try out any of these seven ideas below — they might get you a little closer to figuring out what your style is!
1. Look to other areas of your life for hints
What is an area you do know your style or tastes in well? Clothes? Cooking? Look for characteristics in these other areas to give you hints as to what you might like. If you like a minimal wardrobe, for instance, you might prefer a minimal interior, too.
2. Take a walk in a neighborhood
Stop and pause at the homes that you seem drawn to. Are they traditional looking? Modern? An eclectic mix of both? Observe what catches your eye and feels nice to you, even the way folks decorate their porches and patios. Stop and pause in front of the homes that pull you in. If you like a traditional style of architecture, you might like clean lines and muted colors in furniture and accessories.
3. What country do you dream of visiting — or what has been your favorite vacation?
If you had a blast soaking up the bold colors of a tropical vacation, you might love being surrounded by bold colors in your interiors, too. Or if you prefer the earthy, muted tones of a Tuscan landscape, you might find that those hues bring similar peace and calm to your interiors.
4. Grab a stack of home design magazines for a tactile tear-out session
Pinterest is great, but there's something visceral about flipping through the physical pages of a design magazine. Like we've advised before, just tear out the pages that catch your eye, and do it quickly, not over-thinking what the style is that you're seeing. Later you can look through the pages to pick out the elements you see over and over again.
5. Eliminate what you don't like
Start from what you know you don't like, even making a list. Why? Because sometimes in the heat of the moment you can make buying decisions that end up not being your style once you get it home. But if you take the time to know what you don't like (and even why), you can steer clear of those sorts of design elements and head more in the direction of what you do like.
6. Take an online quiz
You can find a whole slew of online quizzes to help pinpoint your style. Some are silly, but most will at least give you a slight hint of the direction your style might go in. Here are some to start with: Just for Fun Online Design Quizzes: What Is Your Style?
What things have helped you figure out your design style? Any tried-and-true methods to share in the comments below?
(Image credits: Irene & Evan's Welcoming Whimsy)