When asked, “What is your interior design style?” many people are at a loss for words. However, fashion designer, Rachel Zoe says “style is a way of saying who you are without having to speak.” The task of defining your own unique style does not need to be daunting when mixed with some basic design education and a little bit of fun.
First, Start with what you LOVE
Look around your home. Identify the pieces that make you smile and instill a feeling of joy. Do I love that sofa? Yes! Keep it. Do I love that coffee table? No, I hate it! Then find a new home for it. Keep the furnishings you love and incorporate other pieces that accentuate and mix well with them.
Second, Identify your overarching theme
There is an abundance of unique design styles, from industrial, coastal, traditional, contemporary and the list goes on. When you have a better understanding of your own style this will allow you to communicate more effectively with interior design professionals and home furnishing retailers when enlisting their help to make the best choices for your home. Here are a few examples of some popular styles:
Industrial: draws inspirations from warehouses and urban lofts with metal accent pieces, dark woods, and leather.
Contemporary: Pieces feature softened and rounded lines. Interiors contain neutral elements and bold color with a focus on the basics of line, shape and form.
Coastal: Natural textures such as rope, linens, and grass mats to balance neutral white with pops of bright blues.
Glam: Glam design is ornate and patterns work well. White leather sofas, decorative pillows, mercury glass, and mirrored furniture are glam staples.
Traditional: Features of this style generally include wood tones, architectural details, and elegant furnishings.
Transitional: Transitional design typically equates to a classic and timeless look. It is a combination of traditional and contemporary furniture, finishes, materials and fabrics. Furniture lines are simple yet sophisticated, with either straight lines or rounded profiles.
Continue identifying your design style by searching for inspiration in magazines, the homes of your friends and family and online…. Or come visit our design experts at Luxe Home Interiors who will be happy to help you create the space of your dreams!