The Importance of Style – Your Style

The 1970s and early 1980s boasted particular decorating styles, be they traditional, contemporary, or country. In the late 1980s and 1990s, home inhabitants morphed styles to be less strict, with greater blurring of the lines between them. Style became “personal” or “eclectic” and later, “transitional.” This mind-set continues in decorating today; people decorate in a much more eclectic style. They combine things that are pleasing, comfortable, and practical for them.


Personal style boils down to what you like. If you like detail, you might want a camelback sofa with carved-wood legs or items that are a bit more on the traditional side. If you like sleeker, cleaner lines, you will lean toward contemporary style, which has less intricate detail. Your style tendencies will have an impact on what you ultimately select and reject for your decor.


If you are into classic design and like tailored lines that are crisp, clean, and neat, consider a sofa cushion that is formed, boxlike. It can have a shape to it and still be comfy and soft. If you like things tailored, you don’t want to continually fluff up cushions, but if you like things a little more free flowing, with more of a rumpled, “shabby chic” look, down cushions will be more your style. Match yourself to a decor style that really suits your tastes and your lifestyle.


Most of the time, it’s pretty clear what you like. It will come out in different ways. First, it comes out in what you don’t want. A good exercise is to look through decorating magazines or HOUZZ online and tag things that you like and don’t like. You can learn as much from the things you don’t like as you can from the things that you gravitate toward.


Another tip: Keep your hobbies, interests, and favorite travel spots in mind as you consider your decor plans because they often provide a starting point!


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