This is one of the toughest things to crack. I like to reminisce about our apartment in our first year of marriage. Blank walls, water bed, big box T.V. and absolutely no color, those were simpler times. But yikes, right? Are water beds still being sold? I don’t want to know. Part of it was we got married young and had no money, but now I truly believe that you can still have great style and not a lot of money. In fact I feel when you don’t have tons of money you’re forced to be creative with what you have. So maybe you’re frustrated because you don’t know what your style is or perhaps you like a lot of styles and can’t decide which is you. I’m excited to help you get closer to figuring it out.
1). Create a modern day mood board. Pinterest!
Create a board and name it “My Design Style” or whatever you like. Start corralling through photos and pinning one’s you absolutely love I would say anywhere from 30-100. Once you have a good amount of photos pinned sit down and scroll through the photos you saved and take mental notes of what in those photos are attractive to you? Are you pinning photos with lots of potted plants and greenery in the home? Maybe photos of rooms with lots of color? Or photos of rooms with lots of rustic pieces, white walls and shiplap?
2). Get rid of it.
Sell or get rid of all the stuff in your home you don’t like but make work because you bought it and now you have to keep it. Adopt Marie Kondo’s question “Does this spark joy?” Never force yourself to live with things you don’t like, that is a recipe for bad attitudes and vibes. I will say though try to see if you can paint it or give it a new purpose in your home. But if it’s still not working give yourself permission to let it go. By getting rid of the stuff you don’t love you will start to see what you keep and love and it will send you in the right direction to finding your style.
3). Don’t be afraid to blend styles.
When I begin designing a room I first start by thinking, what’s the purpose of this room and how do I want to feel when I am in it? My home design style is a mix of Artful Bohemian/Mid-Century Modern/Polished Vintage. In our open concept dining and living room area I painted a wall black and have several potted plants on a DIY concrete/wooden shelf (boho). I then have an oil painting centered between two windows with a thrifted 5 candle stick holder, hanging next to the painting (vintage). On an adjacent wall we have a mid-century modern stand house’s our velvet record player (mid-century modern and boho). It is a mix of styles but it works.
I hope this has brought you closer to finding your style! Thanks for reading!