I remember when I first got married and it was my responsibility to decorate our first little apartment. I had no clue! Home decor was not a thing that was even talked about in my home growing up. I didn’t even know where to start! I started just putting up things that were given to us or I kinda liked, not really thinking about color or cohesion, let alone elements and principles of good design. I would watch those HGTV makeover shows and I swear to you… I thought those designers were BORN with that talent to design and decorate rooms! Ha! I’m sure most are born with drive and an appreciation for beauty. But good design and the ability to decorate? Those are skills, m’dear! Learned, trained, studied, SKILLS.
So this post is for anyone who sometimes feels a little lost when it comes to decorating their home. For anyone who sees lots of things they love but doesn’t know how to put it all together to make it ‘work’. For anyone who wants to paint and sell furniture and struggles to stage it in an appealing way and doesn’t have a distinct personal style yet.
-Maybe you start out being drawn to the shabby chic style with all the whites, neutrals, antiques, and feminine touches. But then later on down the line, bold patterns really speak to you! And you start pining for that mid-century credenza! Let it evolve. Combine styles so that it becomes unique to you! If you refinish furniture, I would suggest experimenting with several different styles and techniques with the furniture. Try super chippy and distressed. Try clean lines and glossy. Try patterns with paper or stencils. Try layers and textures. Not only will this add to your skill level, but it will help you become confident and sure of the choices you make in your home.
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