Finding your design identity empowers you to take charge of your own décor. With this information you will have a guide for where to shop, what to use as a reference when trying to make choices and how to explain what you want to the people that are assisting you.
Traditional, contemporary, retro, mid-century Modern, Modern, Eclectic Transitional, Shabby Chic, Art Deco, Costal, Craftsman, Western, Asian, Urban, French, Mediterranean….
Are you feeling confused? Don’t worry, you are not alone! While many of us are confused by all of the labels that go with décor styles we do understand store styles such as; Room and Board, Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, Z-Gallery and Restoration Hardware. Each of these stores has a defined style, so this is the language I use with my clients. Then I put them to the test. I believe that your design identity is not only how much you like the look of certain décor but how you feel when you are in the space with décor that suits you best. So here is what I do. I take my client to an area that has all of these stores close and enter each one. When we arrive in the doorway of each of these stores I ask them to pause, and think about how they feel in that space and as they wonder through. I tell them when they feel “at home”, which to me means the space they feel like they would like to curl up on the couch and stay a while, they have found their design identity.
I encourage you to give this a try, then let us know what you find your design identity to be!