Get in touch with that spirit inside you. Who you are is a coming together of everything you’ve been exposed to all your life, how you’ve grown and changed, and what you aspire to, and most importantly, what you respond to emotionally. Style really comes down to what makes you feel good. I knew early on that I respond to neutral colors, natural fibers, treasures I found in nature and tarnished and faded objects. Look inside my clothes and linen closets, and you’ll see plenty of linen, wool, and cotton in shades of gray, cream, white, black, and brown. We may believe that when it comes to choosing a wardrobe we’re all impulse shoppers, but I don’t agree.
Do you want to decorate with patterns or predominantly with solids? With lively hues, pastels, or earth tones? One way to determine what you can live with is by looking at what you already do. Important clues to decoding your personality and style lurk right in your own closets. The colors you like to wear may very well be those that will make you feel comfortable in the rooms of your home. It’s that simple.
On a fundamental level, you can identify your own decorating style by simply examining your personality, because who you are will connect all the various design details into a cohesive whole. Are you by nature reserved? If you are, you will probably feel more at home surrounded with subtle tones, and you might choose classic furnishings. The refined details and soft, muted colors of your surrounds will evoke an earier time in history, and the art and accessories you choose are likely to be of above-average quality. Or if you are more outgoing and flamboyant, you might be drawn to spontaneous originality as a means of self-expression. You may be more likely to take risks and chances with your decorating, believing that there is something interesting to convey in anything, no matter how unconventional.
Whoever you are, do not deny it. Celebrate it. Successful decorating reveals the atmosphere of the inner self. Unless your decorating style—the outer expression of who you are—is in harmony with your inner self, you won’t feel the proper rhythm that is so essential in all aesthetic compositions. Remember, style emerges when you accept yourself. But as you analyze your personal decorating style, be encouraged to push that envelope a bit. For example, if you are extremely shy and have been hiding behind beige, perhaps you can make a conscious effort to be more daring and let your rooms reflect a more emboldened attitude. Often, our style selections let us know we need to make an effort to reach out beyond the safe and the bland.