Personal Style in Design
When asked, “what is your interior design style?”, I hesitate because I truly have a love and appreciation for all styles, colors, art, and the infinite combinations that can be created from all of the above. When I work with a new client I can get a general feeling as to what their style is with a few clues. Art is a good indicator of style. Abstract art usually reflects a love for modern design, clean lines and a minimal look and feel. Flea market vintage art can reflect a love of antiques, curvilinear furniture and soft color. Art is very personal and says something about you and that which you like to surround yourself. Using a favorite piece of art as a building block for interior design is a good place to start. It is the perfect way to build a color palette.
I have clients tear out pictures from magazines. I ask them to save pictures of objects, colors, textures, anything that catches their eye. If there is just one element in the picture that they like, save it. When I review all the pictures, their style begins to emerge.
Your style may not be clear cut and that is okay. Blending styles can be interesting too, while still utilizing the basic principles of design.
There is no right or wrong when it comes to personal style. A professional interior designer will help you create an environment that is comfortable, functional and fits your style.
Contributed by Jackie Rosenthal, CAPID