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Finding your style PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Window Stylist   
Monday, 03 August 2009 19:51



When it comes to your decor, it's sometimes hard to pinpoint exactly what you want. It's often easier to list the things you know you don't want as those thoughts easily come to mind. While it's great to know with certainty that you absolutely don't like this or that color or style, developing a 'design board' or 'inspiration book' with pictures of decors that you love is an excellent way to develop and refine your own personal style. The pictures don't necessarily have to be of interiors. If you have photos of vacation destinations that inspired you aesthetically or just downright made you feel good, throw those into your book or onto your board as well.  Photos of fashions you admire will be helpful too as are pictures of your favorite people, plants, flowers and landscapes. Having a lot of photos that stir up positive emotions will help you hone in on your real preferences for color, light, your threshold for contrast and or subtlety plus begin to spell out the overall vibe you'd most like to feel in your home. With a little effort, an overall theme will emerge which will help you in making future design decisions.

Your board doesn't have to look this good but it's a nice reference for the sort of result you can get from developing a well refined palette from your inspiration board. Simply using a corkboard is just fine or try a scrap book and cut and paste photos from magazines, add postcards and any photos that may represent some of your most favorite colors, scenes and activities.

For making window treatment decisions, the same technique of saving magazine clippings and other photos to show your design consultant is invaluable. When working with fabric treatments such as draperies and roman shades, the fabric and trim choices are absolutely endless and often clients become overwhelmed. Having a defined design plan, even if it's just a loose one, can save a lot of time and frustration. So get to cutting, pasting and saving those lovely photos that inspire you and make you feel great!  You'll be that much closer to creating the interior that will make you happy to be home.

Jill Clarkson  written by: Jill Clarkson 415 847 1758


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