Ever browse through old photos and find shots of your home that make you cringe a little? That’s basically what happened to me recently when I found a few old pictures of our breakfast nook. The photos were taken probably 4 months after we moved in and it’s very clear that I was struggling with the space. In all honestly, I had no idea what I was doing. And it showed. But fast forward a few years and the breakfast nook is one of my favorite rooms in our home. Plus, it pretty much epitomizes my design style. The difference in these photos is pretty crazy, so I thought it would be fun to compare them and chat about how I found my design style.
To how it looks now:
Big difference, right?! This is the result of a lot of trial and error my friends. And really, this transformation is simply about figuring out what I love while taking time to slowly (and intentionally!) make those changes.
The Secret Sauce to Finding Your Design Style
In the process of transforming this breakfast nook, I took time to learn about what I’m drawn to in decor and design. And honestly, that’s THE best way to figure out your own design style. It’s not rocket science–it’s basically just putting the time in to research different styles. Look at design magazines, Pinterest, and even other blogs to find what you like. There’s modern, rustic, industrial, eclectic, farmhouse, etc. Each style has its own design elements, so just spend a little time figuring what inspires YOU and build from there. It may be a mix of several different styles or one all on its own.
Once you know what you love, you can then start to slowly make those changes in your home. Maybe it’s switching up the wall color, or adding in more texture and wood elements like I did in this breakfast nook. It doesn’t all have to be done at once–it’s definitely a process that takes time and intention!
My Best Tip for Creating a Home You Love
I also highly recommend adopting a new strategy when it comes to buying decor or furniture for your home. For me personally I always ask myself if I truly LOVE something before I purchase it and bring it into our home. So that means even if I find an amazing sale on something, like a random knick knack that’s marked 50% off, I won’t buy it unless I absolutely love it and can see myself using it in our home for years to come. This process allows me to fill our home with timeless pieces instead of cute things I only feel so-so about. I promise you, being more intentional will make it MUCH easier to create a home you love with things that truly speak to your heart.
Well I hope you found this post helpful if you’re struggling to figure out your own design style. Above all, be patient and know that it doesn’t happen overnight. It’s definitely a trial and error process and it takes time to find your stride. Also don’t be afraid to make changes if you don’t end up loving something like you thought you would. I’ve done that many times and it’s always better to re-do something so you’re happy with it instead of living with something you don’t love. Make sense?! Anyway, thanks so much for dropping by the blog today! xoxo !
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