Developing Your Own Personal Home Style

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By Staff Reports

(DGIwire) – Décor is constantly evolving. That’s what makes it so exciting. However, we never want to follow trends so closely that we become home fashion victims. Here, Jacqueline Brathwaite-West of J. West Design Services, offers suggestions on developing your own personal style. By discovering and honoring your unique taste, you’ll be able to create a home that looks both up-to-date and classic at the same time.

Imagine your ideal room. Is it filled with warm and cozy colors or cool and spa-like neutrals? Are the floors slick wood or soft carpet? Now think about how each room in your home makes you feel. If it puts a smile on your face, you’ve already mastered your personal style. If not, it’s time to make your real space more like your ideal space. Really concentrate on what colors, textures, and furniture shapes appeal most to you.

Keep trends in perspective. In my limited spare time, I love to relax with a home and garden magazine. I often find inspiration in the sheer perfection of the photographed rooms. Staying on top of the latest trends in home décor is not only my passion – it’s my job. Still, sometimes you need to know when to say, “Enough is enough.” For instance, if you love understated colors, resist the urge to paint your bedroom bright yellow just because a magazine editor tells you it is the hot new color.

Concentrate on quality, not quantity. Quality never goes out of style. Need proof? Handmade Persian rugs, Waterford crystal, and rustic, Stickley mission-style chairs have looked great in “trendy” homes for decades. When you absolutely must have the latest fad, buy a few fun accessories. For major purchases, stick to classics that reflect your personal style.

Be confident in your choices. We’re not talking life and death here. Remember, interior design is supposed to be fun. If you really love something, experiment with it. You’re bound to make some mistakes along the way. That’s part of learning what you really want and what will work for you.

Ms. Brathwaite-West‘s advice: Stay strong and remember your personal style.

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