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7 Tips to Determining Your Style

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This is a guest post by Friends of Pfister community contributor, Ashleigh Weatherill.

Determining your style is one of the first things you do when taking on a project around the house, whether it’s freshening up a room or doing a full kitchen remodel. The very first thing I do when I start working with a new client is help them determine their style and a concept moving forward.

  1. When defining your sense of style take a look around. Pay attention to details in your surroundings like color, shape, lines, materials  and textures.
  2. Do you have furnishings you already own that you love? What characteristics do they share?
  3. What do the clothes in your closet look like?
  4. What magazines and furniture stores do you gravitate towards?
  5. Start collecting images of spaces that speak to you.  Pinterest, Houzz and Decorpad are great for this.
  6. Most retail websites, like Pfister and others, have their products categorized by style, so start browsing and your style preference will become clear in a matter of minutes.
  7. Think about the architectural style of your home.

For the sake of simplicity, there are basically four styles (with almost unlimited sub-styles):

  1. Traditional
  2. Modern/Contemporary
  3. Transitional
  4. Eclectic

Don’t worry, most people don’t fall firmly into one style—that’s what makes your style different.  Most of my clients relate to my style, which is fresh and modern, all while maintaining a timeless (read: classic or traditional) foundation.  In a nutshell, I like to mix styles without going too trendy.

A contemporary/modern living room. Courtesy of David Scott Interiors

A contemporary/modern living room.
Courtesy of David Scott Interiors

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This kitchen is transitional; a little traditional and a little
contemporary with feminine (but not overly so) and elegant cues.
Courtesy of O’Hara Interiors

An eclectic cottage space with modern touches. Courtesy of Elle Decor

An eclectic cottage space with modern touches.
Courtesy of Elle Decor

Which style to you gravitate towards? Do any of these images strike a chord with you?

Traditional living room image courtesy of Broke Giannetti

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