Do you have any idea about what decorating style you like?
Of all the things that we learn while going through so many years of school, what decorating style we'd like to see in our living room or what era of furniture would best complement the layout of our bedrooms usually isn't one of them. Whether you've been to school for design or not, decorating is always a personal process. That doesn't change whether you're doing it for yourself, working with a designer, or designing for someone else. When it's your home, everything hinges on what you like and in the end, only you can say whether the result is something that you'll be happy living with. It's always easy to tell whether or not you like something but sometimes it can be very difficult to say for sure what you like or why.
That's one of the reasons why designers emphasize an understanding of different styles when approaching a project. It's not that these are hard and fast categories that you have to fit into, but if you can identify the one or two that most strike your fancy, you'll have a great starting point for filling in the rest of your look.
Best Decorating Quizzes and Resources
- Better Homes and Gardens has a simple color quiz using attitudes about color to help zero in on your decorating style. You won't have to wait for results, and you'll get information about what the answers say about you.
- Take a Home Decorating Quiz from Houzz to get style hints as you decide on the style that you like best.
- If you'd like to go a little deeper with a bit more research, check out this list of the Best Design Books of 2016