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5 Tips On Developing Personal Style

Here’s a little history you may or may not know. I nearly deleted this entire blog one sunny morning, back before it was The Crux, when it was just a little hole in the wall where I posted pictures of things I had made. I was hoping I could erase my visual taboo from the pages of internet history. But, a rational voice hiding somewhere in my mind reminded me that developing a sense of personal style is a journey. So, shall we have a cup of tea and talk about personal style?

5 Tips on developing personal style in interior design and home décor.

Every design faux pas, every burgundy leather couch, every builder-grade fixture, is a stepping stone to developing your personal style. We should never erase our style history. The mistakes, the successes, and the eureka moments are how we learn, and they are all part of the foundation on which our person style is built. 

5 Tips For Developing Your Personal Style:

1. Style Is In Flux, So Don’t Be Scared Of Trends

Your sense of personal style is not static, because you are not static, and the world is not static. Culture is obviously in constantly in flux, and as we exist within culture, our style will be affected by that state of flux. Embrace and engage with changing trends in home décor and interior design. Allow your home or space to also be flexible, so that you can adjust décor accents as your style fluctuates over time. If you give your whims some leeway and respond spontaneously to new trends in home design then you will give your style the room it needs to flourish.

5 Tips on developing personal style in interior design and home décor.

2. Style Is NOT A Ladder

When you first begin to think about home décor or interior design you may feel like you are starting at the bottom wrung of a ladder, but that’s not true and thinking about style in this sense will hinder you. There is no ultimate pinnacle of stylishness that you can reach (i.e. the top of a ladder). If you reached such a point then you would have no where else to go; a huge mistake. If you’ve ever wondered how people in 2016 still own the same furniture and décor they did in 1976, now you know. Do not climb a style ladder. You don’t want your home décor or personal style to become stuck in a time loop.

5 Tips on developing personal style in interior design and home décor.

3. Embrace What You Know

Even if you have never previously exhausted any energy decorating your home you have still been exposed to different interior design styles. Think about all the magazines you’ve read, all the homes you’ve visited, and stores you have been shopping in. Every piece of décor or design style you have ever been exposed to, every beautiful photograph of a room that you have been attracted to, is your frame. Now you can move forward with purpose thinking about, and expanding, on that frame.

5 Tips on developing personal style in interior design and home décor.

4. Trust Your Gut

And by gut, I don’t mean your stomach—though beautiful kitchens and delicious food do go together pretty well. No, I mean trust your instincts. If you see something and automatically feel the pull of attraction then run with it. Don’t worry about whether or not a specific item is on point, or super now, but instead ask yourself what about that particular item or style is so appealing. You can’t get much more personal than your gut instinct.

5 Tips on developing personal style in interior design and home décor.

5. Think Of Home Décor Like A Pond Of Rippling Water

Interior design styles are not self-contained islands floating in an ocean. Instead, think of interior design as a series of pebbles tossed into a pond. The ripples radiating out from the centre are the fluctuating trends of that specific style. As more and more pebbles are tossed into the pond, the pond fills with more and more ripples, until ripples are intersecting with each other. Styles constantly overlap and interact with each other, which is how “cross-over” styles form (for example: industrial-rustic or vintage-chic). You don’t have to have one specific style. Your personal style is also a pond filled with ripples, and can be impacted by many, many aesthetics.

5 Tips on developing personal style in interior design and home décor.

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11 Comments

  • Reply idecorganizeyou

    Well said!

    February 3, 2016 at 12:22 pm
  • Reply Mary Ann

    Great advice! I never now what my ‘style’ is but this helps.

    February 3, 2016 at 5:06 pm
  • Reply livebysurprise

    This is a great description – style should be ever evolving and not stuck.

    February 3, 2016 at 7:20 pm
    • Reply Jenn Schleich

      Thanks! I often feel like people think they only have one style and in my opinion they shortchange themselves by having that stance.

      February 3, 2016 at 7:57 pm
  • Reply vanessasmodernvintagehome

    Jenn, I love this. The four point are so true. Trusting your gut might, for me, might be the most important point as I often shop yard sales and not high end stores. I am often creating something that I have not yet seen and so If I am drawn to a piece, I get it and make it work. Of course, the challenge is I have to be careful not to buy a house full of things I will never use just because I am drawn to it. Thank you for writing this lady.

    February 7, 2016 at 8:39 am
    • Reply Jenn Schleich

      Ya that’s a challenge I know only too well, lol, as evidenced by the growing collection of “stuff” in my craft room. I think if that’s a problem for you a really good tip to remember is that when you buy something for your home don’t buy it unless you can think of at least two rooms you can use it in! That way if it doesn’t actually work out in one spot, you have a backup. This has saved me like a bazillion times from regretting picking up a good find.

      February 9, 2016 at 2:37 pm
  • Reply justbluedutch

    I love this! Your tips are so helpful as well as doable. I personally believe that style is always personal & should remain like that. I’m no interior designer or a virtual artist but I know a beautiful & excellent style when I see it. I love the fact that you let the common “people “relate to this.

    February 16, 2016 at 2:32 pm
    • Reply Jenn Schleich

      You know what you like, so you are already there! Trusting your gut is my favourite of the tips. Anyway, I’m not an interior designer either, just another common person :). Thanks for reading.

      February 16, 2016 at 3:43 pm
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