I often go in homes where it is very clear that the client is confused about what style suits their taste and lifestyle. I think part of the problem is that they select items based simply on trends they are being subjected to every time they open their mail box. I must admit that some of the items that mail order catalogues have to offer can work well but it is important not to overdo it. We all need to define our style. But where do we start? Here are some of the things I do to determine my client’s styles to help cultivate their individuality.
- As you browse through catalogues and magazines tear out pictures of rooms that appeal to your senses. Put them in a binder and organize them according to room.
- Pay attention to the details of these rooms in the pictures... are they simple, carved, sleek or relaxed?
- As you go through your closet pay attention to the details and colors you are drawn to. Are they simple and classic? Or bold and detailed?
- Go through books of art from the library or visit your local art musuems or galleries and take note of the styles of art that move you.
- What are your hobbies? Your home should reflect your interests.
- As you walk through a garden pay attention to the types of flowers you are drawn to. Even though you might not want to use a floral print on your sofa or window treatment touches of floral can bring life to a room.
- What style is your home…a ranch, Tudor, Cape Cod, farm house, craftsmen, traditional brick, stucco villa or townhome? Many times it is appropriate to carry the lines and details into the home but if you find that too limiting than go with what you like.
- Don’t rule out antique shops or estate sales…you can often find vintage furniture with clean lines as well as more traditional furniture either way it is usually a good investment that can be easily reupholstered and made to look new. These pieces add character to your home and often can help develop your style.
- Although we like to define our style with a name like traditional, contemporary, transitional, Country French, Oriental, Louis XIV, Arts & Crafts to name a few don’t restrict yourselves. Even these styles are a blending of details from varying periods and cultures. The key is to cultivate your style.
Have fun and enjoy the process and if you need guidance call a professional designer to help with the process. Even a few hours of their time can set you on the right path.
Let your home reveal your passions. Celeste Jackson