If you’re ever questioning how to find your style, just simply look at what you like. But look at all the things you like all together, so you get one picture view. Before Pinterest, these might have been pages torn out of magazines, all laid out on a table.
1. Now with Pinterest, make a style board.
As an example, go see my “Chicago Home – Decoration Inspiration *That I’m Serious About Doing* board. Ha ha. I’m serious about doing about 1,000 things! Need a bigger house. Lately I’ve obviously been into rugs. But there’s also paint colors, patterned furniture, decor accessories, fabrics, and lighting. Anything that I thought I’d truly want to live with in the house. There are definite style preferences there. You may or may not like my style. But if you collect a pin board like this too, your style will become obvious.
When you pin, don’t worry about money! You are not buying this stuff. There’s no credit card debt. They are only pins and pins are free. If you like it, pin it. This is only about finding your style. So don’t worry about prices. If you find you have taste above your income, no big deal, you can always find lower-price substitutes.
2. Scroll through your board and pull out your favorite pictures.
Don’t think too much. Go with your gut. What catches your eye and makes your heart beat a little faster? Hold back from second-guessing yourself. If your eye lingers on something a little longer, copy it or print it.
3. Put all your pictures together. Your choices will show you your style.
It’s really simple. But you have to pull these pictures out and put them all together. Either print them on paper, or put them in Photoshop or a Word doc. Don’t try to put the total picture together only in your head. You won’t be able to literally “see” the style.
Put the pictures in a moodboard, or print them and lay them out on the floor or table. You should see some things the photos have in common.
A sample “how to find your style” moodboard:
I followed the simple steps above and here’s my result. I shamelessly put some really expensive stuff on this moodboard. It’s not like I’m buying it. The rug is $47,000 after all! There is nothing wrong with liking it.
As I’ve written about before, I’ve diagnosed my style as “Natural Nomadic Luxe.” Give your style a name that describes what you see. My style is global with some luxury like silks and gold, it’s pattern-full, with natural colors.
It’s an eclectic and elegant mix with things from different countries and cultures. It’s like an elegant bohemian look. Here is what’s on this global style moodboard:
- Max Schöedl painting “Oriental Still Life”
- Chinese cabinet formerly available at One Kings Lane
- Antique 1870s Persian Serapi Rug from 1stdibs
- Benjamin Moore Rusty Nail CC-390
- Antique currency from tribes in Nigeria
- Silk Lao pillow from John Robshaw Souk
- Leather Holloway Armchair from Anthropologie
- Black and gold Indonesian Toraja textile
- Ceramic Buddha-style hand from Dot & Bo