Lately I’ve been ‘nesting’ and have decided it is time to turn my attention to our home in earnest, our extensions have now progressed sufficiently to start the final decorating stage. The question is, what is my decorating style, and it isn’t just my tastes that have to be considered but PC’s too. I have been blessed with friends who are very talented in the home decorating arena, they just seem to know what to do and somehow conceive ideas effortlessly. Whilst I admire these friends immensely, I continue to be at sea as to my style, what says me.
Last weekend I began my search to define me, clicking on decorating blogs for inspiration, one blog after another and I had a revelation. Many decorating blogs whilst very pretty, scream to me, clutter! I have plenty of stimulation in my life with 11 people in my home and their belongings, what I want is less. Children come with belongings, and with a wide age range and both genders that equates to a lot. I realised my style requires cupboard doors and pretty boxes, not more visual clutter, which alot of the ‘decorating touches’ equates as such to me.
Searching on I looked at ‘minimalist’ and whilst the instant denuding was visually calming, when I imagined this look translated to my home it began to seem rather stark and not warm and inviting. Then I stumbled on the phrase ‘simple’ and I believe I have found me!:) My look:):)
How does a simple style translate for me? Well instead of having a grouping of frames on the wall I picture one, or at most two. I’m imagining all clutter hidden with just a focal touch or two. A vase of flowers, a touch of pretty and the rest hidden; warm, inviting and calm. Finding my style at last is allowing my mind to slowly begin imagining:)
In the bedrooms I’m visualising curtains, matching beds, pretty bedspreads, a focal picture on the wall, and the rest hidden behind cupboard doors. (Spanish Cream architraves, skirting boards and timber floors also star in my mind) In the living areas I picture a similar style, the minimal visual look, calm, warm and inviting with a touch of pretty, a picture, flowers and that’s sufficient.
As for my kitchen, bathrooms and laundry style, well I haven’t got that far yet, though I’m pinning away. Mostly I’m just excited that I’ve discovered my style.
Slowly I’m finding a few decorating blogs that inspire and don’t overwhelm. I’d love for you to add more suggestions.
*Please understand the thoughts in this post are about finding me, my style, not intended at all to be a criticism of anyone else’s style, which I often appreciate, we are all unique.