You have a design style that is unique and personal just to you. Your style will reflect what you love and feels amazing when you are in it. There is a pattern in what you love and this pattern will show up in colors, textures, shapes, styles, and patterns that repeat throughout your home and your life. You most likely are unaware of these patterns, or may think you know what they are. But you’re Unique Design Style in not found in the conscious knowing, or in what you like. It is found in what you LOVE.
There is a difference in the feeling of a space when you are surrounded by what you love. These spaces bring a sense of support, nourishment, centering, and grounding to your living, as well as a happiness and joy. Things you love feel good and are not passing fads. What you like comes and goes. What you love has a sense of commitment behind it.
In Creating Space You Love, I provided you with an exercise to create a collage based on advertising images you selected from magazines reflecting the “feeling” you desire for your home or space. This collage is your gateway to your Unique Design Style.
Once the collage is created, you have to interpret the board to understand what your tendencies and style are. Here are the guidelines on how to understand your collage and create your Unique Design Style:
With your design journal, review your collage and write down what you are present to when asking the following:
- What colors are present? Note dominant and secondary colors
- What shapes are present? Look for circles, squares, arches, wavy lines, pointy lines, tall or short shapes
- What textures or materials are present? Compare surfaces and how items are combined. Look for repeating motifs and types of patterns
- What types of contrasts are revealed? Low, medium or high contrasts?
- What type of daylight is present? Examine your images for morning, noon, afternoon, or evening light to get a sense of the brightness you enjoy
- Are there people or animals present in the images and how many?
- Are there plants and vegetation in the images? What kind and how much?
The above questions are ways to look at your collage to identify patterns in design elements. Once you start to see the consistency or patterns in the items you have selected, run it by yourself for validation. If it resonates with you, you will experience an excitement and joy over what you have identified. If you have not, ask someone you know to evaluate the collage for you.
From this place of understanding you have access into your Design Style and the type of design elements you need to implement in your home.