What is Your Interior Design Style?

Did you know that each of us has a unique interior design style?  And that particular style directly reflects our personalities. Knowing your unique style before you begin your home renovation, addition or decorating project is all it takes to save you valuable time, money and stress down the road.  Arming yourself with this knowledge will provide every inch of your home with an underlying sense of cohesiveness. Where do you feel most at home? Country Casual: Your casual, relaxed and friendly personality is reflected in the warm and comfortable lived in look that you’ve created in your family home.  Whether your particular style of country is French, English or American rustic, you have a true connection to nature and the outside world.  You are drawn to all things natural, both in color and texture that embodies the overall philosophy of country living. You may find a variety of fabrics, leathers and hides intermixed throughout your home which look fantastic against bold splashes of color.  The fabrics you love range from brightly colored floral prints, stripes and plaids and are often combined with various leathers. Traditional Elegance: Your home exudes both tranquility and elegance all the while taking great pride in the understated look that you’ve pulled together.  Your furnishings brandish classic lines and restrained details, while complimenting the glossy white architectural trims and moldings throughout your home. You favor symmetry and balance, from your placement of furniture to the pairs of accessories you display.  Your love of subtle fabrics, textures and accessories create the overall warmth of your home and invite everyone in. You are drawn to the bold historic color tones such as caramel browns, golds, auburn reds, and creams. Eclectic Style: Your risk taking personality speaks loud and clear in your spirited design style.  You just love mixing furniture and details from multiple sources, creating globally inspired spaces.  Your inspiration is gathered from different design periods, but your planning is deliberate, as shared themes tend to tie all the elements together.  There’s a method to your madness as these elements somehow relate to each other either in pattern, texture, shape or color. You may have collected some of your most precious pieces and accessories while on exotic vacations from around the world, or just visiting your local flea markets and antique shops.  Your favorite colors white, cream, brown, taupe and black are quite neutral and act as an ideal backdrop to showcase some of your favorite rough fabrics and bold textiles and worn surfaces. Contemporary Cool: Your design style is nothing short of sleek and chic.  You enjoy the subtle sophistication and uncluttered atmosphere that is now your signature style.  Your overall space is the highlight rather than objects and things. The unadorned architectural details such as high ceilings, vast windows, exposed air ducts or the natural brick of the building is the primary focus of your home.  You adore the open spaces and the linear simplicity in all design.  In your world less is more and this is why you like to keep clutter to a minimum. When it comes to dressing your sleek suite, your wall colors remain neutral and act as the perfect back- drop, which offsets your simple yet elegant furniture and bold geometric accessories.  You love texture such as tile and stone, and are partial to natural fibers such as cotton, wool, linen, and silk.  All of these elements compliment the dark rich woods you’ll find scattered throughout your home. Transitional Chic: Your design style combines a little traditional with a contemporary flair.  The union of these two styles creates a classic and timeless design.  The focus here is on comfort and practicality while at the same time combining both a masculine and feminine vibe.  The blending of curves and straight lines in your furniture creates a great sense of balance. You love texture and are partial to leathers, ultra-suede’s and nubby chenille’s –anything soft to the touch.  A monochromatic color scheme is often punched up with the introduction of warm browns and chocolate wood tones.  You tend to keep accessories to a minimum yet love to display your photos and artwork framed in silver or nickel finishes for that crisp clean look. I encourage you leave questions or comments below this post, and fill out the form on the right hand side of this page to receive your free copy of my special report: “How to Avoid the 15 Most Common Decorating Mistakes” Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2010 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc

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