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5 Steps for Finding Your Decorating Style | Home Decorating | DIY Home Decor
 This is a guest post from Tasha of DesignerTrapped.com

Do you struggle every time you pick out a piece of furniture or art for your home because you just are not sure what your style is? Do you envy friends who seem to effortlessly decorate their home in a style that suits them perfectly? Today, I am going to share with you five simple tips to determine your decorating style PLUS four tips to achieve it on a budget!

Browsing different magazines is a helpful way to develop your design style. 1. Browse magazines

Pinterest is great too, but there are so many beautiful images on Pinterest at one time, that it can be difficult to zero in on a style that you are most drawn to. Instead, flip through magazine pages one by one and tear out the photos of rooms and homes that you are most drawn to. There is no right or wrong–just tear out what you love! Study what you tear out and identify what the images have in common.

2. Take an online quiz

There are a ton of online quizzes that are designed to help you find your decorating style. Choose a couple of design style quizzes to take at your leisure. If they end in similar results, you are definitely on the right track. They are fun and really can help you define your style. I recommend this one from Houzz and this one from Better Homes and Gardens.

The colors and textures in your design style will mimic your wardrobe as well.

3. Look to your wardrobe

Take a good, hard look at your favorite clothing items. Pay attention to the colors and textures. Are they mostly neutral? If so, you may prefer a neutral color palette for your home. Are your favorite clothes made with lots of color and bold patterns? If so, go for a similar look when choosing textiles for your home.

4. Pay attention to the exterior of homes

When you drive around your city or town, what houses make your heart go pitter patter? Are they traditional brick homes, or are they minimalist and modern? If you love modern homes, you will likely enjoy the clean lines and minimalism of modern home decor also. If you love traditional homes, you will likely love traditional furniture, such as sofas with rolled arms.

Walk through the current decor in your home and note what you like or dislike.

5. Take an inventory of your current decor

Walk through your house and take notes. In each room, make a list of furniture/art/accessories you love, and a separate list of those you wish you could replace. Then, review the list of things you love to see what they have in common and write those down. Keep that list with you every time you make a purchase for your home–it will serve as a great guide to keep you true to your style!

Once you have a better idea of what your style is, you have to figure out a way to achieve it without spending a fortune. The following 4 bonus tips will help you do just that!

Paint

Never underestimate the power of paint! It is inexpensive and versatile. You can paint nearly anything. I have painted cabinets, walls, floors (vinyl and wood), furniture, even my kitchen backsplash! Paint will give you a fresh new look on a dime.

Give your kitchen a makeover by yourself by painting.

Do it yourself

You can save a ton of money by tackling a room makeover by yourself. Paint the walls yourself. Make the curtains and pillows yourself. Refinish or paint the furniture yourself. Do not be afraid to give it a shot! Many DIY jobs are easily tackled by even the most inexperienced homeowner. Browse DIY blogs and talk to staff at your home improvement stores for tips on DIY jobs.

Check flea markets and antique stores for unique pieces to decorate your home.

Shop flea markets, consignment stores, yard sales & Craigslist

Purchasing furniture brand new is simply not an option for many people on a tight budget. The good news is that you can find great deals on furniture, light fixtures and art at flea markets, consignment stores, Craigslist and even yard sales. Hunting down deals can be fun and you often find pieces that are much better quality than many things that are manufactured these days.

Repurpose items in your home for another room like the curtains in this mud room.

Go shopping in your own house

This is my favorite tip! I completely refreshed my laundry room by spending only $71 out of pocket because I reused old curtains, paint and accessories that I had in our attic. You would never know it! Those curtains that did not fit in the dining room of your new home may be perfect in another room. Go into your attic, closets and/or basement and discover new ways to use old decor.

 

 

Tasha Agruso blogs at Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body, Tasha Agruso from the blog, Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.where you can find tons of thrifty DIY renovations and simple craft and home decor projects, like her popular painted vinyl floors and dotted, washable Sharpie mugs. She will inspire you to create a beautiful and happy home on a budget. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with her firefighter husband and 4-year-old twin girls. They are a typical, busy family and are proof that you can beautify your home one simple project at a time without breaking the bank.

5 Steps for Finding Your Decorating Style | Home Decorating | DIY Home Decor

5 Steps for Finding Your Decorating Style | Home Decorating | DIY Home Decor

6 Comments

  1. October 20 at 09:52PM

    I will definitely be taking a couple quizzes that you suggested. We bought our home earlier this year in May and I have yet to really do anything because I have no idea where to start. When I shop around I tend to like everything and have to stop myself from either emptying our bank account or filling my home with clutter (or realistically BOTH!).

  2. November 26 at 07:35AM

    In fact Home decoration is an art to make your house more beautiful and attractive within your budget and allocated space. Before starting a home decoration you should try to learn a few basic things like from where you have to start and what you need to have eventually in your bedroom or house, Tasha’s tips can really help us to decorate our homes in an expert way.

  3. June 27 at 05:10PM

    My husband and I recently moved into a new home. We are looking to furnish it, and we want to make sure we find the right style that fits us. Thanks for the idea to go through each room and make a list of the furniture we have and love, and what we want to replace. We’ll be sure to do this.

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