Finding Your Style and Applying It

Finding Your Style and Applying It

Sarah Coffey
Mar 24, 2008

Some of the Spring Curers have mentioned that finding their style is a difficult process. It's different for everyone, but a good starting point is to take a photo you love and break it down. We saved this photo to our style tray a while ago, and we think it illustrates some of the decorating concepts that we're covering in the Spring Cure. When we break it down, we can find a few details that we think make this room an exceptional space...

1) COLOR: The balance of color in this room follows the Cure's 80/20 color rule. It's mostly neutral, but colorful throw pillows and a vase of bright flowers bring the space together.

2) GOOD BONES: The floors are a warm shade of wood, and the off-white walls have some beautiful molding that becomes a focal point in the room.

3) NO CLUTTER: The lack of clutter in this space makes it easy to focus on the fabrics and furnishings. Even if you added some magazines, books, or a throw across the chair, it would still feel calm and organized.

4) FRESH FLOWERS: Without the flowers, this room would be a little dead. They add the extra pop of color that this space needs.

5) PROTEIN FURNITURE: The chairs and table are made from solid wood bases, and the upholstery fabrics are simple classics. We also like the way the legs of the furniture create breathing room throughout the space.

Although its just a photo (that one person may love and another may hate), breaking down a space into its elements can be a helpful process. Taking the time to think about why a space looks and feels the way it does can help you to find your style and set goals for your own home. It's an important part of the Spring Cure, and a process that we see happening daily on Apartment Therapy. And most importantly, it's fun!

Photo: Romo

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