Interior Decorating Style – Find Your Look

You want to redecorate. You know you do not like the look and feel of your home. You want something new and you have no idea what to do about it. Find your decorating style and it will be much easier to make changes with confidence.

Does Country appeal to you? American, English, French, Scandinavian? Or some variation of all of them? Southwest, Oriental?

Maybe you are more Traditional or love some of the Mid Century pieces you see. If you like a little of each – you have an Eclectic style.

The name of the style is not as important as identifying the overall look you like

Where do you begin? Which style is yours?

Start with decorating magazines. If you do not know which ones you like, go to the library and review several. They each have their own look. Once you find a few that appeal, buy the latest edition. Start your idea file by tear out pictures that interest you.

Clip pictures of whole rooms or specific elements such as furniture, lamps, accessories or colors. Look at the ads as well as the articles, you will often find your ideas there.

Also collect pictures of rooms you really do not like. If you decide to work with a professional, the "do not likes" will tell her as much about your style as the pictures you love.

Next look at the pictures you like and pick out common themes.

Do all of the rooms have lots of windows, bare floors and few furnishings or are they cozier rooms in dark colors with plush furnishings?

Are the furnishings oversized and down filled upholstered pieces or do you prefer wood, leather, plastic and small scale fabric pieces?

Does your ideal room feature blinds and shades or silk draperies pooling on the floor with valances, tiebacks, tassels and yards of trim?

There are lots of flooring materials from which to choose. Wall to wall carpeting? Wood, bamboo, tile, cement? You can add colorful or neutral rugs to any of them. Look at your pictures and see what you like best.

Now look at the colors. Have you chosen neutrals, subdued or bright colors? Are the walls painted, papered or paneled? Are there murals or faux finishes?

Determine the color and scale of accessories that appeal to you. Do you like collections of small objects or one large sculpture in the corner? Are the walls bare or full of hanging art? Do you like clutter on flat surfaces or prefer lots of storage to keep everything out of sight?

Your style is there in the pictures you have saved. Once you have identified it, you can start to recreate your home. Decide which ideas to copy for your rooms and which looks can be adapted. Use the examples you have selected and your creativity to implement the FEELING of the room at any price level.

You now know what to look for when shopping. You now know when furnishings and accessories will fit in the overall vision you have for your home.

If you get stuck or can not implement your ideas, engage a professional to help you create the home of your dreams.