What is My Home Decor Style: 8 Things You Need to Consider

Do you find yourself wondering “What is my home decor style?” I’ll break down simple ways to find your home decor style. I’ll reference two of my favorite books that have helped me navigate my style and I’m sure they will help you, too.

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1. My favorite books

Cozy White Cottage Volume 1

This book is written by Liz Marie Galvan. I don’t have a cottage home but I love the tips in this book because we all love cozy homes and want a relaxing space.

Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave

This book is written by Joanna Gaines. This is probably my all-time favorite book.

She breaks down six core decor styles with helpful key descriptors. For example, I need to search for inspiration with earth tones, which I love.

2. Six categories of core decor styles

  1. Farmhouse
  2. Modern
  3. Rustic
  4. Industrial
  5. Traditional
  6. Boho


Right now, I’ll just talk about the boho category. Here’s the page with the definition and descriptors on the bottom. If you like boho style, you’d look up vintage, eclectic, layered, whimsical, colorful, traveled, textured, and so on.

Farmhouse and modern

If you like farmhouse or modern, you can look at the key descriptors for those two terms on these pages. For example, the farmhouse page includes descriptor terms like gathered, organic, shiplap, simple lines, aged, and cottage.

Under the modern page, the descriptor terms include midcentury, contemporary, retro, open concept, and Scandinavian.

These descriptors help you search and discover the things you enjoy. You can also mix and match these terms, which is super fun. As it turns out, I have a mixture of boho, farmhouse, rustic, and traditional.

3. Color schemes

What are you attracted to–moody and dramatic or light, bright, and airy? Maybe you are attracted to colorful palettes? What makes you feel relaxed and comfortable?

4. Decor and furniture

Brainstorm and decide if you prefer a clean, fresh palette with a less is more approach or do you like gathered vignettes? Do you prefer big plush or smaller, dainty furniture?

5. Textures

Think about textures on walls, rugs as accents, throw pillows and blankets, or even plants. For example, wall textures could be shiplap board, board and batten, or other types of paneling or textured walls. I like a lot of wall texture because I don’t like a lot of things hanging on my walls.

6. Plants

I believe bringing anything green into your home–faux or real–brings a lot of life into the space.

7. Patterns

Textures bring patterns into a room, including shiplap or board and batten accents.

8. Staying in your season

This tip comes from Liz Marie Galvan’s books. It’s important to know we are all going through different things in our lives. We are all in unique situations and different seasons of life.

Here’s what she says:

“If you get any tip from this book, I hope it’s that we are all in different seasons of life. We are all walking different paths. We all live with different purposes and we all should focus on making each season of our lives beautiful. When we do, we can move into the next season with grace, look back, and be proud.

So what does this have to do with making our homes cozy? A lot. When we go on social media or visit someone else’s home we naturally compare and start to log in our minds that our homes are lacking in comparison.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s always great to get inspired and make a dream checklist for our homes but there is a line we can so easily cross. When we look up from a beautiful interior shot on our phones and begin to hate our house and only see what’s wrong with it but let’s really think about the season of life you are in.

Maybe you are taking care of a newborn, chasing toddlers, saving up for your dream home, living the military life, taking on a fixer-upper, working hard on your career, waiting to start a family, or somewhere in between all of that.

All of our lives are so different. How can we logically compare what we have to someone else in that exact time? We can’t but that doesn’t mean we don’t do it. Can I challenge you to stop doing that? Look around your home and see the good in it, to stop comparing your home’s season with someone else.

Can I challenge you to stay in your season of life and hunker down and enjoy the good in it. Use the tools, items, and knowledge you have in this season to make your home the coziest for you and your family.

Don’t go into debt trying to make your home like someone else’s. Don’t make your family uncomfortable trying to mimic how someone else’s house functions when your family isn’t the same. And don’t let comparison ruin your view of your cozy home.

Enjoy the season of life. Soon it will be gone. And whether the season is hard or easy street, it comes with important parts that teaches us things we will one day miss so stay in your season and embrace it.”

What is my home decor style?

I hope this talk encouraged and helped you to find and embrace your home decor style. I hope the two books I share help you along with the list of home decor style categories I mention.

If you are going through a season like this book says, stay in the season and enjoy it but if you want to switch up some things in your home, go for it, too.

Let me know in the comment section what you think about the seasons of life and how they relate to your home decor.

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  • Tina Brill Tina Brill on May 13, 2024
    All the writing under the pictures is blurry. Absolutely zero help & they r not your ideas. U r showing someone else's ideas, thoughts from a book they wrote.