So, it may sound silly to hear that you need help with finding your style. You may say to yourself. "I know what I like, how could I not know what my own style is?" And you may be right. But if you're anything like me it's hard to see what you like all together and see if it works. Or some people struggle with knowing what is truly their style versus what is trendy right now. Trust me, if left to my own devices my house would like a furniture catalog threw up in my living room, or I wouldn't do anything and it would look like a frat house, with a mattress on the floor.
There is a trick that professional designers use to help them know what your decorating personality is. They'll have you pick out, say, five pieces of furniture from a store or magazine. And they can usually catch a trend emerging and come up with a design plan based on it.
But I can't afford a designer. And I'm assuming you can't either. So, we are going to use Pinterest.
First off create a board for the room you are trying to decorate. I actually have a board for every room, including the laundry room and outside. And then start pinning. The most important thing is to not edit yourself. Obviously I am not going to be getting a wrap around porch or a spiral staircase at my house anytime soon, but I still pin them. Because I adore the idea of them. So just pin whatever catches your eye.
Then, after a while of pinning you will start to see patterns emerge. You'll notice you always pick a certain color, or pattern, or style. There may be a few anomalies like a giant fuzzy purple armchair a la Prince, but for the most part it will all start making sense. For example according to my bedroom board I should be living in Genie's bottle. Lots of jewel tones, soft pillows and draping fabrics.I haven't asked my husband how he feels about it, but too bad for him.
Now you are ready to decorate. Using Pinterest you can give yourself a guide to what you will really love and be more confident in your decision making. I'm sure we won't be redecorating once a year,so choosing a style that really works for you is important.
And of course while your pinning, you can look up new recipes to cook in your new kitchen, or DIY projects for your new sewing room. I have to warn you, as awesome as it is, Pinterest can definitely be a time suck. But a thoroughly enjoyable one at least. And when your family asks what you've done all day, you can say "Redecorating. Obviously!"
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