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How to Discover Your Decor Style

Two years ago, I had an identity crisis. For the record, I blame Pinterest. And really, while I’m being totally honest with you, that identity crisis had been hanging around for a lot longer than that.

But two years ago, it hit hard.

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Robert and I had just signed the papers to break ground on building this new homeowning adventure of ours, and my giddy little self filled up home decor Pinterest boards like there was no tomorrow. I was like a moth to a flame, y’all. Must. pin. all. the. pretties!

Then, the day we were handed those shiny new keys to our front door, we walked into this:

How to Discover Your Decor Style | Bless'er House - 5 questions you should ask yourself to figure out what's "you".

So many possibilities and I didn’t have a clue where to start.

I scanned through my Pinterest board to decide how I wanted our house to look and realized I’d pinned hundreds of pretty things. But there were so many colors and styles that if I were to put all of those ideas into one space, it would have been a circus.

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Do you see what I’m talking about? All under “Home Inspirations”, I had a glam living room, a French country kitchen, a rustic farmhouse window treatment, and a bright modern office. I was lost.

Want to know how I figured out the decor funk? I needed a dose of reality.

If you’re feeling stuck in your decorating direction, ask yourself these questions:

How to Discover Your Decor Style | Bless'er House - 5 questions you should ask yourself to figure out what's "you".

1. What mood do I want our home to have?

If I had to sum up how I wanted to feel when I walked in the door, it had to be relaxing.

Instantly, bright colors were out. Blues, greens, earth tones, and neutrals were going to create the atmosphere I wanted our house to have.

If you want your house to have a vibrant energy, choose those fun colors. Stick to how you want to feel in the day-to-day.

How to Discover Your Decor Style | Bless'er House - 5 questions you should ask yourself to figure out what's "you".

2. What’s in my closet?

Take a look at your wardrobe and think about your favorite outfits. Why do you wear them? Do you wear a lot of prints? Incorporate similar prints in your decor fabrics.

Are you more apt to wear a sequined skirt or a simple black dress? Are you a dressed-up night out on the town person or a cotton shirt and jeans kind of gal? Whatever it is, if you can define your clothing style, match your home decor with it.

My closet is filled with lots of neutrals, natural textiles, and blue/green hues. I love the color so much, our bridesmaids even wore it in our wedding. Painting our kitchen chairs and coffee table that same color only makes sense.

How to Discover Your Decor Style | Bless'er House - 5 questions you should ask yourself to figure out what's "you".

3. What would my family be most comfortable living in?

One thing I hardly ever have to worry about is our daughter scratching up our kitchen table. Since it’s rustic, it’s meant to look beaten up. She can bang away on that table top, and I won’t bat an eye. My husband grew up in a country house built in 1904. He is all for the nostalgia of a cottage style. And, since Robert is a man’s man and I’m a girly girl, finding that balance of masculine and feminine styles is a lot of fun.

No matter what though, always remember that you are decorating for the people under your roof, not the people who may visit. Sure, your mother or best friend will have her own opinion on what you should do, but you have to live with it.

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4. What kind of decor do I already have?

If you already own some ornate antique hand-me-down furniture, embrace it! If you have a few Midcentury Modern pieces, weave it into a retro style. Make what you have work for you. We love hauling rustic finds home from my in-laws’ barn. It just makes sense.

How to Discover Your Decor Style | Bless'er House - 5 questions you should ask yourself to figure out what's "you".

5. What do my style inspirations have in common?

When I looked back through my home inspiration boards, I noticed that the majority of the rooms I’d pinned had a lot of natural elements in them- greenery, wood with character, natural textures. And I gravitated toward rooms with hints of industrial style- galvanized metal, piping, clean lines. Try to define what little bits of each room show up in your pins time and time again, and you’ll probably figure out some common ground for where to start defining what’s “you”.

In the end, don’t feel boxed in. You don’t have to clearly label your style. Setting limits on yourself can be boring anyway! There is no way I could define my style with one word.

Most importantly though, don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Trial and error is okay!  If it takes you a couple of tries to figure out what is really your style, don’t beat yourself up. You’ll be one step closer to that “ah ha” moment. (Thank goodness for Facebook buy/sell/trade groups for reselling those “oopsie” decor purchases.)

It’s a continuing journey. And we’re certainly nowhere close to being finished decorating this house. But even if we considered every room “complete”, they never really would be.

Just remember: “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” -Dr. Seuss

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41 Comments

  1. I love this advice! Sometimes one look at Pinterest and I feel like I have to re-do my whole space. At the end of the day, I always come back to what I love because that’s what matter and what works for my home! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  2. Great ideas and definitely something to think about…..I feel myself going in the direction of neutrals more often, especially for our house. That’s not the way of my wardrobe….but it’s how I’m like things to be for our house, more and more!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Lanita

    1. I know what you mean, Lanita. Can’t beat the calming feeling of a neutral house. So easy to decorate for all the different seasons too! And if you’re ever feeling the need for a punch of color, it’s so much easier to just add colorful pillows on a sofa or a bed to brighten things up.

  3. Great posting and your words make so much sense. I know I would feel at home in your house, as I like so much how you decorate. Keep on creating.

  4. Great avdvice Lauren. You were able to verbalize what I could not put together. I guess now I can get rid of all my burgundy stuff in my living room, since I never wear it. And you have made it simple , because physics it is not. Pinterest will be the end of us all!

    1. We had burgundy everything in our first apartment too. I don’t even know why I chose it. It’s just what I saw everyone else was doing and thought that was how I should decorate. Then Pinterest came along and it was an eye opener! Definitely a love/hate relationship there. Haha

  5. Great post!! I totally find myself getting caught up in wanting to try the latest trend, and have to circle back to what works with the character of the house and what is realistic for my family, the climate I live in, and our budget!

    1. Totally agree, Sara! Budget definitely plays a factor. It’s hard to pull of glam when I’m broke as a joke. Haha! 😉

    2. You’re a phenomenal decorator! I felt so inspired by this post that I figured out what my wardrobe, and therefore decorating style, is too! Thank you for that. (:

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