Low On Design Confidence? 3 Simple Steps for Boosting Your Boldness

Low On Design Confidence? 3 Simple Steps for Boosting Your Boldness

Adrienne Breaux
Sep 20, 2015

Do you wish you had a little more design confidence? Took more risks with your own home’s design? Made bolder choices when out shopping? Do you wish you didn't become frozen with indecision when it comes to picking paint colors or deciding on which cabinets to buy? You need more design confidence. For a boost, consider these three simple steps.

Do more of what you’re good at (and get help with what you’re not)

Low confidence could be a symptom of trying to do things you're not the greatest at. While pushing past your comfort zones and pushing the envelope are both great ways to get better, if you're pushing a little too far or going a little too outside your comfort zone, you could be setting yourself up for self-discouragement. So think about the things you've totally nailed in the past and do more of those in the future, while getting help from pros for the stuff you haven't mastered yet. The combination of totally tackling tasks you're a whiz at plus learning from experts will have you feeling more confident in no time.

Regularly check-in with your cheerleaders

Who's the biggest fan of your style and designs? Your hubby? Your wife? Your mom? Your dog? Do not be shy about reaching out for encouragement, compliments and validation at regular intervals when undertaking a tough design challenge. Asking friends over to enjoy your home and hearing their good words might give you the design confidence to try something new or different in the next room.

Be your own cheerleader

Though asking for encouragement from others is great — they can help you see how great you're doing when you start focusing on mistakes — it's important that you be your own cheerleader, too. And you can do so by actively focusing on celebrating what's going right. By going back through your design "wins" and reminding yourself that you get it right every now and then. By tackling new design tasks slowly, stepping back often to evaluate the progress and calmly working through the issue when something feels like it might be going wrong or off track. Taking a break and stepping away from a current bold design decision to revisit design wins is always a great idea.

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