I often find that one of the first things every client tells me is that they can’t sure what their “style” is. They always think it’s important to identify with one category, “Am I modern or contemporary” is the one that I get most. What I tell every one of them is that it doesn’t matter what you call it as long as you LOVE it. Go on HGTV.com, pick up magazines like Elle Décor, NY Spaces, Luxe, Dwell etc… and rip out everything that you like. Even if you hate a room, but you see a table that you just would die for, pull the picture out (and if it’s for an item, cut it out so you’re not distracted). That’s always what I have my clients do for our first and second meeting because it’s more important to know your style then try and settle into such vast categories. I mean hey, you can love musicals and hate Phantom of the Opera!
Now I can’t tell you how exactly I piece together someone’s individual style but I can tell you that to a trained eye, looking through the clippings gives me a real sense of that my client wants. Somewhere there are always some specific themes going on, for example the client may love texture; rich fur pillows and luxurious rugs, or they may be all about color; neutrals with pops or eclectic vibrants. So even though I can’t tell you here what your “style” is, try this exercise and see if you can find some consistencies with what you are pulling out. Then, choose three to five adjectives to describe what you see. There are so many great ones to choose from, for example I would describe my style as glamorous, chic, sophisticated, clean, and balanced. Place the words in order from most to least important to see what attributes you want to focus on. Then when designing your own space, don’t focus so much on being “modern” focus on being glamorous and then things will fall into place.
Till next week, live well, and live with style.