In referring to my mom, my sister and I, my dad always says “you women, you’re always spending so much time getting your house just right, and when you do, it’s time to change it again.” It may be true, but I think, very justifiable. How much time do you spend at home? Shouldn’t you love how it looks?! For me, it’s a hobby…just like how my husband likes to play hockey or shoot guns or go to the golf course. And, it’s a hobby with something to show for it afterwards!
My parents are remodeling an older Fayetteville home and its modern finishes have really inspired me. I love the simplicity and the clean lines; I definitely want to emulate certain parts in my own home. I don’t think I’ve ever really thought about or known what my particular “design style” actually is. This year, I want to do that. We always quote William Morris in our presentations – “Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” It’s such a great rule to live by….what else do you really need anyway?
I took a few design quizzes online and discovered that my style is contemporary. I like the “less is more” theme but that doesn’t necessarily have to mean stark and cold, my husband and I are practical and definitely make comfort a priority. It also means that I like to keep the walls neutral and add color with bright accents. Also, I don’t want to over-decorate, but instead I need to take advantage of the architectural accents in my home and let them make the statement.
For me, going more contemporary will be a step by step process and will depend a lot on when my husband feels like tackling different painting projects. Greys and whites are much more contemporary than the beiges that can be seen throughout our home. He has already painted two bathrooms and our master bedroom and I love the impact it made! We chose Porpoise (dark grey) for the hall bath, Alabaster (white) for our master bath, and Dovetail (grey) for our bedroom…all Sherwin Williams colors. I love how paint is one of the cheapest, easiest ways to dramatically update a space.
Our bedroom before and after
Shabby Chic Coffee table (Before)
New Contemporary coffee table (thrift store find!)
Are you curious about your own design style? Maybe you even fit into more than one category. Take a look at the styles outlined here! http://www.hgtv.com/decorating/design-styles-defined/pictures/index.html