Note down a list of at least ten characteristics that you love about your favourite styles
It’s time to go deeper and analyse your top two interior styles by pinpointing what exactly it is that you love. Take the time to really look into each of these interior elements; architectural features, colours, materials, furniture, lighting, texture and pattern.
Note down a list of at least ten characteristics that you love. For example, when I look at the lighting, I might love the indirect soft lighting with lots of floor and table lamps. When it comes to furniture, I might love the simple lines that are associated with my favourite style. When it comes to architectural features, I might love the raked ceilings. For colour, it might be the earthy tones and so on.
By actively thinking about the elements you love you’re not just looking at an image and going “oh I love that”, you’re taking the time to ask “why do I love that?” As a designer, I do this on a daily basis so that I am tuned to what makes my heart sing.
This is the only way you will refine your style. It will help you to leave that vase or sofa you appreciated in the shop in search for better suited option aligned with your own style direction.
This process will also help you better understand your partner, so you know exactly what it is they love. Even though you believed you had completely differing styles, you might be surprised at your common interests, at the design elements you can both appreciate. Or at least you’ll know what’s super important to them and therefore be willing to make a compromise!