Discovering Your Decorating Style


Uncovering your own personal style when decorating your new home can seem like a daunting task. To aid in the discovery of personal style, think about what your overall preferences are in home interior décor and design. An easy first step is to choose a color palette. Light, neutral paint on walls and ceilings is always a good idea because it allows you to choose brighter, more bold colors for furniture and accessories without clashing with the wall color.

Choosing a Palette

When considering colors for the interior, consider starting with some of the colors on the exterior of the house. Perhaps you love the color and style of your front door and the welcoming way your porch invites people in. Take advantage of the colors that surround your entrance by incorporating them in the interior of the home as well. Integrating colors and textures that flow from the patio, the siding, the columns or stonework around your entrance will make for an easy color transition to the inside.

Three Popular Design Themes

Finding your own style often includes considering a mixture of intriguing aspects of one or more popular styles. Here are three styles that are basic, and there are many variations within them, but they are a good place to start for ideas to unleash your creativity to find a style that is your own.

Modern style is free of clutter with clean, crisp lines and little color or detail. There is not a lot of furniture in the classic modern home and it often includes metal, glass and steel as part of the overall design and feel. There is very little texture; it is a clean and sleek look.

Traditional style incorporates classic design, luxurious and ample furnishings and many accessories. These homes have dark wood furniture, rich colors and a variety of textures and curved lines. The furniture is heavy and often ornately carved. Fabrics in a traditional home would be velvet, brocade and heavy silks.

Industrial chic style is very much urban and is all about warmth and utilitarian design with unfinished, aged woods and furniture covered in natural materials like linen, leather, and heavy organic cottons. It is the look of the factories of the industrial revolution with its mix of raw materials like galvanized metals, glass and reclaimed, well-worn wood. It fits in well with our era of green because of its use of vintage, salvaged and repurposed products whenever possible. There are often exposed brick walls, cement floors, natural wood beams, lots of glass and metal lighting and accessories.

Do not be afraid to mix up styles, just remember to keep the entire look harmonious. Many of us have treasured heirlooms that don’t belong to any particular style but can be an enhancement to any décor if properly placed or repurposed into something entirely different. An antique china cabinet can become a stunning bookcase, or an old game table can serve nicely as a compact dining set.

Should you get “decorator’s block” on your interior décor project, there are several online resources that can help with ideas on choosing a style and direction.  Also check out the Landmark 24 Homes Design Gallery Pintrest page or visit the Virtual Tour Showcase page on to see the many clever ways our interior designers made use of our spacious model home and plans.