Your Home Style

Finding and curating the story of you. 

Find your home style

HOW DO I FIND MY STYLE WHEN I LOVE SO MANYTHINGS?

Follow these tips to create a home that truly reflects what’s in your heart.

Finding your style can be daunting. It’s involved and it might take you years to hone, hopefully the following guide can steer you in the right direction towards taking the reigns. Most people I talk with, whether they recognise it or not, are decorating for people who don’t live in their house. It’s really important to not let other people’s opinions dictate your decisions and how you decorate. If you like it and your family enjoys it, it tells your story.

DESIGN TIPS TO HELP YOU TO
DRILL DOWN ON YOUR PERSONAL STYLE, AND IMPLEMENT IT CORRECTLY, IN YOUR HOME

FIND THE COMMON DENOMINATOR

finding the difference between what you like looking at and what you are looking FOR.

Find the common denominator in whatyou like.

After you have at least 30 pins or saved Insta pics, open your board andlook at it. What’s the recurring theme?  What colour, vibe or pattern keeps showing up? Try not to get stuck shaping your vision around a genre. You don’t need to be “coastal” or “scandi”. If you can identify five elements, your style does not need a label. I don’t think having an exact name for your style is important at all, so don’t let that hold you back. Knowing the colors you like, the feel you want, and patterns you love will get you to your end-game much faster.

Write a list of at least five repeat edelements and have a go softly bringing them into your home in accent colour cushions, a vase or simply by removing a few things that don’t fit those themes.

If you can’t come up with five things you love, try reverse engineering the information by listing five things you don’t love or don’t want. This will start the thinking process and get you in the groove.

Refine your moodboard either with the help of a professional or just finding an image that has all of your identified elements. Save it to your phone and if you’re considering buying something, check it against your list or moodboard.
Does it work with that? If no, then maybeyou shouldn’t get it.

Find the common denominator in what you like.

After you have at least 30 pins or saved Insta pics, open your board and look at it. What’s the recurring theme?  What colour, vibe or pattern keeps showing up? Try not to get stuck shaping your vision around a genre. You don’t need to be “coastal” or “scandi”. If you can identify five elements, your style does not need a label. I don’t think having an exact name for your style is important at all, so don’t let that hold you back. Knowing the colors you like, the feel you want, and patterns you love will get you to your end-game much faster.

Write a list of at least five repeat edelements and have a go softly bringing them into your home in accent colour cushions, a vase or simply by removing a few things that don’t fit those themes.

If you can’t come up with five things you love, try reverse engineering the information by listing five things you don’t love or don’t want. This will start the thinking process and get you in the groove.

Refine your moodboard either with the help of a professional or just finding an image that has all of your identified elements. Save it to your phone and if you’re considering buying something, check it against your list or moodboard.
Does it work with that? If no, then maybe you shouldn’t get it.

Try to consider where you live figuratively and literally. Are you trying to create a coastal look while living in a rural or bush setting, and is that working? What is the style of the house you live in? Will it lend itself happily to your plans? Are you trying for a sleek contemporary look in an old ornate Queenslander? Sometimes these things have to be considered and compromise has to occur, but working that out early will save the interior design fighting with the house!

Sometimes when I’m discussing colours with a client and they’re not sure, we go to the wardrobe. I’m not kidding, there is absolutely a correlation between your clothes style and your home style. It’s a perfect place to start. What do you see lots of? Greens and blues? Greys and blacks? Pinks and warm, earthy colours? Your wardrobe probably knows your home palette before you do!

The next bit is really tricky, but stick with it because it’s where the magic happens. When you have your five-ish reasons, start stripping them back to why you are drawn to that particular decision. (Do you love vintage paintings because your grandfather was an artist? Are you drawn to organic rustic pieces because you love the outdoors?)

Once you know your reasoning behind what attracts you to certain design elements, it’s easier to set about curating your home with intention and creating something that truly reflects who you are.

“If you mix a bunch of things- that’s actually good.

That means you have personal style!”

Find your home style

MOVING FORWARD TO THE STYLING

now you know your style, what’s next?

 Make mistakes! We all do. It sucks to reflect and see, perhaps, that that throw did nothing for your sofa or clashed with the rug, or you chose the wrong art, but it is a completely normal part of the process. Sometimes we need to see what isn’t right to solidify in your mind what IS right. No one is perfect and the journey of creating your style is actually the fun part, so laugh it off, list it on Market place and start again!

Now, I still hear a lot of “I love lots of different styles but I just have no idea how to bring them together cohesively”. Try looking at the aspects you like from the different styles. Narrow those down and use them. The easiest way to keep your look cohesive despite dipping into a few different styles, is by using a color scheme that you love. If the colors work together, it’s ok to use lots of different styles. Once you’ve chosen your colour palette, really stick to it. It makes the difference between living with intention and conceding to the haphazard.

I love lots of styles. My home has Farmhouse, coastal, industrial, Art Deco and vintage influences. The point is, if you mix a collection of different decor and furniture styles, that’s actually good. That means you have a personal style!

What happens when the copycat beast rises and you’re tempted to just recreate a Pin? Let’s be real, it’s sooo tempting, but I’d really encourage you to try not to, and instead try to pick your favourite element of that pin and get the same one, but then create the look from the tips above.

Okay, now you have the same floor lamp or sofa as the pinned picture, but what about a rug you think fits your identified style? Build from there. Let’s match some art to the rug, pillows in the palette of your home we’ve previously identified and some styling pieces you like and bam!  Your house has been influenced by the original design but has all the makings of your own work.

Okay, here’s the hardest bit: YOU HAVE TO COMMIT! Truly finding your style means having focus and using what you love to narrow down your choices. If you love everything, you love nothing. Being drawn to everything means you actually LOVE nothing at all. You have to be brave enough to cull things and go forward with what will actually achieve your style outcome.

“If you love everything, you love nothing.”

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That means you have personal style

 

If you mix a bunch of things- that’s actually good. That means you have personal style!

Rhiannon Lee – How to find your style guide