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How to determine your design style

Hi friends,

Your home is a reflection of your personality. It’s a sanctuary where you seek comfort, solace, and rejuvenation. A well-designed interior space isn't just about aesthetics; it's about creating an environment that resonates with you on a personal level. The way you design your living space can have a profound impact on your daily life. It influences your mood, productivity, and overall well-being. In short, personalizing your space is vital and revitalizing.

Interior design styles act as a language for expressing your unique tastes and preferences. Choosing the right style can turn your house into a home. Let’s explore the different ways you can begin to articulate your unique interior design style and review the popular styles to see what resonates most with YOU.

Understanding the Basics

Explanation of interior design styles:

Your interior design style is the building block of your dream space. It encompasses a variety of design elements, from color palettes and furniture choices to the overall atmosphere it creates. The popular styles you may be familiar with can provide a structured framework to work within and serve as a launching point for your creative expressions.

Your personal preferences and lifestyle play a significant role in determining which interior design style suits you best. Consider factors such as your daily routines, hobbies, and how you want to use the space. Are you a minimalist who values simplicity, or do you prefer a more eclectic and vibrant environment?

Understanding your own inclinations will help you make informed and intentional design decisions.

Exploring Popular Interior Design Styles


Minimalism embraces simplicity, functionality, and a "less is more" ethos. It often features clean lines, neutral colors, and a focus on open spaces. The mantra here is to declutter and allow only the essentials.


Bohemian design is a free-spirited, eclectic style. It's characterized by a mix of patterns, colors, and textures. This style encourages you to be expressive and incorporate personal items into your decor.


Traditional design draws inspiration from classic aesthetics. It features ornate details, rich colors, and formal furniture. It's all about creating an elegant and timeless atmosphere.


Eclectic design is a blend of various styles and influences. It allows you to mix and match, creating a unique, personalized space. There are no hard-and-fast rules, making it perfect for those who love the unexpected.

Finding Your Style

Here’s a fun and easy way to begin exploring your likes and dislikes, your style preferences, and overall get the creative juices flowing. We’ve got an IG Reel to help you see the process in action.

You can check it out here.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • your fav beverage (a glass of wine or cozy tea)

  • a stack of magazines

  • some travel inspiration

  • an organization method (Pinterest boards or an old fashion tack board)

Step One: Flip through magazines and pull out pictures you’re drawn to.

Begin by flipping through magazines and pulling out images that catch your eye, even if they're not related to interiors. These could be pictures of nature, fashion, or anything else that resonates with you. Identify your favorite colors, patterns, and materials. These clippings will provide valuable insights into your aesthetic preferences.

Step Two: Drawing inspiration from your travels

Consider the places you've visited, whether locally or internationally. Your travel experiences can influence your design choices. Think about the elements of those destinations that made you feel at ease and happy. Incorporating these elements into your home can create a sense of wanderlust within your living space. To keep things interesting, include images of the destinations on your bucket list!

Step Three: Compiling all the images to create a mood board

After gathering a selection of magazine clippings and travel inspirations, compile them into a cohesive collection. This will serve as your design mood board, a visual representation of your style preferences.

Mood boards and inspiration

Once you have your collection of images and inspirations, create a mood board. Use a physical corkboard or digital tools like Pinterest to arrange and display your clippings. This visual representation will help you see patterns, identify recurring themes, and ultimately determine your interior design style.

Whether it's the calming minimalism or the bohemian vibrancy, your mood board will guide you in creating a personalized, harmonious living space that reflects your unique personality and lifestyle. Highlight the descriptive elements you see to help you have the language to articulate your style.

Discovering your perfect interior design style is a journey of self-discovery and creativity.

By understanding the basics of different styles and conducting a thoughtful self-assessment, you can take the first steps toward transforming your house into a home that truly feels like yours. Embrace the beauty of design, and embark on the exciting path of making your living space uniquely yours.

We love helping our clients define a style (or styles) that work for them! Need a hand figuring it out and getting started on your next project?

Book a Discovery Call with us today!

anpil lanmou (lots of love),

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