Love the idea of styling your own space but don’t know where to start? Do you regularly walk into interior stores and love a multitude of things but walk out with nothing because you can’t decide how to tie it all together? Or purchase things only to be disappointed once you arrive home and your space doesn’t look the way you expected? It’s super common and if I’m to be honest it happens to me at times. Fortunately I have a couple of super easy ways to narrow down your options, identify your style and create a plan to avoid this happening!!
Most of us are aware that gathering inspiration and doing a little research is an absolute necessity. So, you’ve gathered some tear sheets from your favourite mags and pinned some pins on Pinterest but have you actually identified your style? Nope, you need to delve a little deeper. Can you explain why you chose those images? Sometimes you know immediately that you love a space but you are not quite sure why…..
It is enormously beneficial to take note of the elements that attracted you to each image. Scribble down specifics; is it the colours, soft furnishings, artwork or furniture that you like? Or the configuration or mix of objects inside the room that is more appealing? Perhaps it’s more the vibe of the space rather than the actual patterns or finishes? By creating a list of the actual elements that drew your attention in the first place you are one step closer to actually identifying your style.
I have included some images that I adore and listed some specifics to provide an example:
With all these spaces my initial reaction was: Oh! I want to curl up and stay a while! I love the textures, typography, and the raw timber. I am drawn to grey, black and white mixed with warm and cosy. I adore aged leather and copper, touch me textures and a slight industrial vibe makes my heart race. And I think every room should have a vase of flowers or an indoor plant or three!!!
The next step on the path to identifying your style is to refine. You may have collected many images that reflect a multitude of styles, and while you can mix styles to a degree it is often not possible to combine all the things you love in one one space. Refine your colour palette; between three and five colours is the easiest to manage. Edit your patterns; fewer for a quiet effect or keep adding and make your space loud. Revisit the number of focal points or statement features you intend to include; rule of thumb is anywhere from 1-3 depending on room size and function and pay attention to lighting; are you a bright sunlight person or do you prefer some shadows?
Lastly you need to create a wish list to carry with you at all times, be it written or visual. Shopping without one is like grocery shopping without a meal plan. You wander aimlessly and end up with plenty that you don’t need often arriving home to discover you have forgotten the things you did need (or is that just me?). Beware the endless options and inspirational distractions. I swear the most difficult aspect is committing to your chosen style. But if you can remain steadfast, I promise that you can create a gorgeous space that is completely and uniquely yours. Whether it be installed as a weekend makeover or you take your time with a long term plan, you are assured a spectacular space that is distinctively your style!
Should you need a helping hand discovering your style please don’t hesitate to contact me 🙂 Let me know how you go, I would love to hear from you!!