Personal Home Decorating: How To Find Your Unique Furniture Style
Giving your home a makeover usually means changing out your furniture. What furniture you choose can say a lot about what you like, and if you don’t like your furniture, you probably won’t like where you live. If you don’t know what kind of furniture you like, you need to find your furniture style. Your furniture style is just like your clothing style, your taste in the art on your walls or any other form of self-expression: the style that best-suits your enjoyment and fulfillment.
The following are three steps you can take to help you find your furniture style.
1. Look at What You Have
The first step you can take is to take a good hard look at what you have. What you’ve gravitated toward without thinking about it can say a lot about what you’ll want to choose when you are thinking about it. Look at the furniture you’ve purchased for your home. Furniture that you’ve inherited or been given as a gift won’t be as useful for this process. Look for common elements between pieces of furniture. The more common elements you can find, the better. The more specific the element, the better.
Common elements like “color” aren’t very specific. Having two pieces of blue furniture won’t be very informative about your furniture style. Less-specific details are less likely to help you narrow down your furniture search. Something like “style” or “brand” is far more specific. If you can identify the time period a piece of furniture is styled after, or know the manufacturer, you’re on the right track.
2. Look at What You Watch
A great way to determine your furniture style is to look at the furniture that catches your eye in fiction. If you have a favorite movie or a favorite book, odds are good you’ve taken notice of how some of the rooms are laid out and what kind of furniture you like from it. This can be a great starting point to work with. Trying to emulate something out of fiction won’t usually work very well, but it can be a very useful guide to help you find things that you will like on your own terms in the real world.
3. Look at How Your Friends Do It
Do you have any style-savvy friends? Pay attention to how they furnish their rooms and homes. You aren’t looking to copy their style. You’re looking for the common elements of their style and what kind of items they pick out. This won’t always help you find things you like, but if you pay attention, you can get an idea of what kinds of pieces of furniture complement each other well in a room. This will help you develop an idea of what sorts of items you should be looking for if you find a single one that you like. Understanding the relationships between different elements of style is necessary for understanding what encompasses a whole style, and this is one of the better ways to go about learning that.
If you don’t have anyone to watch in this regard, look instead for home magazines. This won’t provide as much benefit as you’d get being in the room, but it can do a lot to give you a similar idea. They may have articles printed that contribute to this.
Finding your own style is great. It lets you decorate your home how you want on your own terms. It can be tiring to hire stylists and deal with what “the experts” think. Once you understand what you’re looking for, everything will fall into place, and you’ll have a much easier time finding things that you like for your own sake.