define your personal style…

Thinking about redecorating but don’t know where to start? The first step is defining your personal style. Your home is a reflection of you and your life, figuring out what works in your world means you’ll have a home that looks good, and feels good as well. If sustainability is important to you, your home, and the products in it, should reflect those values as well. How can you define and visualize your style?

  • Look at what you love. Is there some piece of furniture in your home that you rarely use but you can’t bear the idea of getting rid of? Things you keep because you love them can be a good clue about your style. Look at the things you love, and see if there’s a pattern of color or style there.
  • Similarly, take a look around your home for that one thing that doesn’t seem to match. You’ve redone your entire bedroom in shabby chic, but you’ve got that industrial lamp still hanging around. Those little things that have hung around through different styles are good indicators of your true style preference.
  • Where do you window shop? Take note of the places you gravitate toward when window shopping (online or in person)—whether or not you actually buy. If your eye is drawn repeatedly to a particular shop, or style, that might be a look you want to consider.
  • Browse shelter magazines and websites. When you find images you like, clip them out (or use Pinterest!). When you’ve got a bunch of different images assembled, take a look through them. Is there a common theme? It may be subtle, like an arrangement of furniture, or it may be obvious, like the color orange. Finding a common theme will help you define your style.

You’ve looked, you’ve studied, you think you’ve got a good idea of what you love. Now comes the hard part. It’s time to take action! This is your space, it should make you feel good. Don’t be afraid to do something different. If it feels right to you, it will work. Your style is limited only by your imagination.

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