Hello my people!
What style are you? A question I get asked a lot, and if I’m honest I probably answer differently every time. Sometimes it can be a bit of a challenge to figure out what you really truly love. A large majority of people will say, I love many styles. However I believe, that there are only a small percentage of people who are truly Eclectic. I think most people who love everything, so to speak, simply don’t know how to figure out what it is that truly makes there heart sing. So lets chat a bit about how to sort it all out.
Have you ever looked at a picture or even someones Instagram feed that you really liked, and you know you love it, but you can’t put your finger on what it actually is. Maybe you even went a step further and tried to recreate a look, a room, and it didn’t quite turn out. You might be drawn to someone’s style that is labeled, say Farmhouse, and so you go shopping and pick up Farmhouse things. But it just isn’t really the look you were going for. I say don’t get so stuck on the Style name, like Farmhouse, Traditional, Transitional, Modern, and on and on. You may be a mix of a few, and/or you may be Farmhouse, but a different strain. In other words, we will stick with Farmhouse for this example. There is Country Farmhouse-which would include Roosters, Horses, and Ruffles, and tons of Galvanized things, and probably color. But what about Authentic Farmhouse-where your decor consist of, the actual tools that are used on a farmhouse-a bit of a cleaner look, faded and worm color, Ironstone, Linens, Antique Furniture, think wood and white. And of course there is Minimalist Farmhouse, French Farmhouse, and Primitive Farmhouse, there are a wide range of variations within one Style name, so I say, loose the name, and lets dig deeper.
I like to use Pinterest as a tool for figuring out what I want in any given space. But if you don’t have Pinterest you could use screenshots, or even tear pages out of Magazines. Any method of collecting these images in one place would work. Using Pinterest, start a board for the space you are planing to work on. Name it said room, you could even start more than one board. If you want to, keep them secret, so they aren’t mixed in with your regular boards. Think of these Secret Boards as Story Boards-one for each space. They tell the story of how you would like the room to look and feel. Pin every image that has that wow, what ever lights you up, makes you happy, pin that. Do this everyday for a couple of days or even weeks. Then take a peek at your board and look for things, that these images have in common. For example; I named a board Paris Apartment, and pinned away. I found that I loved a lot of white, cream, and gold, layers of texture, and touches of blush pink, modern mixed with antiques, and not to fussy. There were a few images that stood alone, but thats ok, simply look for the commonalities. That is what you love, and that is where you should spend your money. The images that seem a little different, maybe a dark gray moody walls-do that in a smaller space, or use it as an accent, or maybe use that for a Holiday.
Anyway…..that is where you start. May I suggest you paint your walls a Neutral color to start. That is an entirely different subject, I talk about soon, but one to consider if you want to pull a room together. Now, go find some of those pieces, or pieces like the ones you pinned. Start to layer them into your room. It won’t come together overnight, collected overtime is the best way to do it. You want your spaces to be a reflection of the people who live there, and that takes time.
Additionally, over time as you continue to pin to these boards, you might see a bit of a shift. That is you changing your mind, and being drawn to desire something else. Its usually so subtle, you can incorporate it right where you are. I used Navy as an accent color this Christmas. Color, that is an entirely different subject, one I will talk about soon, so check back. Keep your boards going, and check in and take a look at what you are actually pinning from time to time. So many people have been pinning on Pinterest for years and years, but never bother to actually look at their individual boards.
Take a look, that is where the magic is.
Thanks Tammy Damore