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Tips for Exploring Your Interior Design Style

Tips for Exploring Your Interior Design Style

Decorating your home should be a fun, creative experience that allows you to showcase your personality. However, with so much content available at their fingertips, many people struggle to identify their style. There is so much to know about aesthetics and decorating that curating a personalized space may seem completely overwhelming.

In a world where fads change faster than the weather, how can anyone build their dream home? Don’t panic—you’ll be on your way to creating your perfect living space with a little bit of guidance. Here are some tips for exploring your interior design style.

Learn Basic Terminology

Minimalism, bohemian, mid-century modern—what does all of it mean? Many people avoid defining their decorating preferences because they find the vocabulary intimidating and confusing. The first tip for exploring your interior design style is learning basic terminology.

Do some research into popular home aesthetics and see what catches your eye. You might find that the look you’re going for already has a name. Once you know some of the basic interior design words and phrases, you can find inspiration anywhere on the internet with a quick Google search.

Look Inside Your Closet

To define your home decorating style, you need to identify your preferences. What better place to look for inspiration than your closet? You choose your clothing every day based on what you like and what makes you feel good, so use that energy as you navigate the world of interior design.

Is your wardrobe filled with bright colors and bold prints? Try incorporating that look by painting your walls a vibrant shade or applying patterned wallpaper. Are your outfits more muted and understated? Consider a minimalist design with neutral colors and clean accents.

Create a Vision Board

Another effective way to delve into your decorative preferences is to create a vision board. Find images you’re drawn to and make a cohesive collection to analyze. What is it about these images you find attractive? You might discover colors, patterns, and other design elements to add to your home that you hadn’t thought about before.

You can create a vision board in so many different ways. The easiest method is utilizing apps like Pinterest, where you can search for related images quickly and collect them in one convenient location. Are you more into hands-on crafts? Go back to your elementary school roots and create a poster board with images you clipped from interior design magazines.

Turn to Trends

Finally, if all else fails, turn to trends and explore what’s popular in the land of home décor. Navigating fads can be tricky; you need to find the right balance between what’s in style and what speaks to you. Just because something is “in” doesn’t mean it fits your preferences. At the same time, just because something isn’t “trendy” doesn’t mean it’s bad, so be sure to toe that line carefully.

Search social media platforms in the interior design niche to discover what’s in style. You can also subscribe to blogs, watch decorating videos, and follow influencers that fit your “vibe.” There are several 2022 furniture and design trends that you can easily tweak to make them more personable. Staying on top of the latest fads will help you dig yourself out of your style rut.

The most important thing to remember is to be authentic. Your home is a reflection of you, so fill it with décor that speaks to who you are, and you’ll always be in style.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist (www.TheDesignTourist.com) that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: https://thedesigntourist.com/the-magazine/ Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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