Hey Loomites. We’re back again with some tips and tricks because finding your bedroom decor style sounds super easy until you actually gotta do it – right? We’ve written some guides about designing a bedroom in the Scandinavian style, but if you’re still stuck on that pesky word style, this post is for you!
Wait, Taylor Swift sang about Style once and I’m pretty sure I have it..why do I need to define my decor style?
- When putting together a space, explicitly defining your style helps you know what elements to bring in, and which ones to leave out. Abraham Lincoln, known for his design prowess among other things, once said, “If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for everything.” Just kidding. But Someone said it and they were right. Without a defined style, which should act as a roadmap or vision board throughout your design process, you’ll bring in random and disparate stuff. The result? Clutter, confusion, and something that feels, just, dorm-y.
- But also, maybe you’ve gone through recent life change. You moved, you got your first apartment on your own, you broke up with your S/O and need to define your own style. Whatever your reason, you want to decorate, and the first step is defining what your decor style is. Like…if your idea of wall art is that Fathead of 2014 Miami Lebron then let’s talk.
- Your space will be more comfortable. It’s the difference between sleeping in a really stylish, clean, thoughtful room, and your aunt’s guest room that also doubles as storage. It’s just easier to relax and rejuvenate in a space that feels well thought out, rather than one that feels random and meh. A defined style makes a room comfy.
Ok ok agreed, but idk what I’m doing?? Help me get started!!
Ah yes. Follow me, comrades.
Step 1: Declutter. Don’t bring baggage (literally and figuratively) into a new space.
In the space you’re redecorating, take ALL of the room’s items off of their shelves/tables/hooks/whatever, and put them in a pile in the middle of the floor. Seeing all that stuff in a new place can help us organize and regard them in a new light.
Go through them all, one by one. Chances are your stuff falls into one of three categories:
Category 1: It’s something you use every day, you really like it, and it makes you feel good when you use it or look at it.
Keep these things.
Category 2: You’ve never used it, you forgot you even had it, but there’s a nagging worry in the back of your mind you might want or need it someday. Maybe it’s ugly.
Donate these things.
Category 3: It’s ugly, yet sentimental, junk. These are the hardest to let go of, and maybe you already drank the Kondo Kool-Aid and did your own version of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but if you haven’t, read on.
Marie Kondo tells us to hold the object close and tell it “thank you” for the memories it sparked, but that you’ve got to move on, so it needs to go so that you can make space for new memories.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Even you, Miami Lebron.
Walk into the room like whattup I got a big
pile of only the Category 1 stuff I need. Time to redecorate!! Let’s start with vision boarding.
Step 2: Time to consider the question, “What do I want to feel when I walk in here?”
Maybe you want to feel “calm” when you walk into your bedroom, “sophisticated” when you walk into your living room, and “modern” when you walk into your kitchen, for instance. Have a “mood goal” in mind for your space, and write it down.
Step 3: Create a Pinterest board, Imgur gallery, Google Drive account—whatever you want to use to help you easily gather and store photos for the next step.
Step 4: Collect photos of rooms you like from different websites. Pinterest is great for design inspiration, and a simple Google image search of keywords (“industrial living room ideas,” “calm bedroom ideas,” “modern bathroom ideas,” etc.) will also yield lots of results.
Important note: Save indiscriminately; literally whatever you like. For example, even if you think you like the industrial look, if you find a modern farmhouse look you like, save it anyway.
Step 5: After maybe an hour or two of saving photos, start looking through them, and ask yourself what you like about those spaces, specifically? It doesn’t have to be an expert analysis; it can be simple.
Now, for the fun part
(Inspired by Tamara at Provident Home Designs)
Your style doesn’t have to fit inside neat categories of “modern,” “traditional,” “boho,” etc. It can be a collection of things, which will make it uniquely your style.
If you did steps 3-5, the next three steps will help you define your style, real quick.
Step 6: Write your observations from step 5 on a piece of paper. (It can be as simple as “Mirrors,” “Plants,” “Textured knits,” “Wood accents,” eclectic wall art,” “velvet,” etc.)
Step 7: Step back, circle all of those things.
You have found your style!
All of the elements you wrote down as things you like, are actually what define your unique decorating style.
Step 8: Name it. Try to get to the essence of your elements. Naming your style will help you keep it in mind as you gather your pieces to style your space.
Dude, Where’s My Wallet
Jk…before Etsy-ing your life away, consider these steps.
Optional step 9: Design a portion of your room in your new style. Decorate a corner, a bookshelf, a countertop, whatever, and live with it for a week. Do you still like it? If so, it’s probably safe to assume you’d like the entire room to be decorated in the same way.
Optional step 10: Walk around your space with a notepad. Keeping in mind your new style, write “Like It” or “U Need to Cut It” for every piece of furniture, decor or art in the room.
- Don’t let budget concerns stop you from being honest. (“I can’t say I don’t like my couch, because I can’t afford to change it right now.”) Be real, because even if you can’t cut it now, you never know when a good deal might pop up.
- This also helps you take inventory. Could the pieces you already own be good enough to help you achieve your goal look, if they were modified or updated?
- This will also help you know exactly what you want to change in your space, and what it should look like instead, which will help you keep an eye out for the right pieces.
Optional step 11: Take another look inside your own home or apartment for decorative elements. You might have some extra paint, or old curtains, or whatever, that you forgot you owned, which can save you $$$. Or maybe an item that doesn’t look good in another room would actually be perfect for the look you’re trying to build in your current room.
Optional step 12: Let your friends and family know what you’re trying to do. Show them your list, let them know the pieces you’re still missing, and let them know you’d be open to trades or buying things. It could be they have something that’s taking up space in storage, and they’d love to give it to you to be rid of it.
And that’s all there is to it! Don’t forget – style is ever-changing and taste is subjective (to a certain extent). Don’t feel pressured to achieve a certain look, especially if it doesn’t fit your brand. Otherwise you’ll end up with a space that feels contrived and like you’re trying too hard – the millenial’s nightmare. Best of luck with your #bedroomgoals !