Tips for Developing a Personal Decorating Style
Expert Author Mob JarrockEveryone has their own preferences when it comes to interior design. Unfortunately, many people struggle in the beginning when trying to figure out what exactly those preferences are. Fortunately, there are many ways to determine what you're most attracted to and thus help you to develop your own personal decorating style.

You, Yourself and You!
To start, the only want to figure out and develop your own personal decorating style is to know exactly what you are most interested in and to know what you are most attracted to. Places you've been, people you've met, they all influence who you are as a person. Few people realize that this also affects their interior design preferences and decorating ideas.

Look at the Architecture
When you bought your home, you did so for a reason. There was something about the space that you were drawn to, whether it was a well planned kitchen, a beautiful original fireplace or perhaps just the layout of the entire home in general. That being said, take note of those details! They're items that you're drawn to and they're a great way to start looking into what your personal decorating style may be.
Take note of the floor plans, as well. These will help influence your personal style when you are working to come up with a bedroom design or living room designs, kitchen designs or bathroom designs.

Incorporate Pieces You Enjoy
Nothing will speak more about your personal decorating style than the various home accessories and other pieces that you choose to incorporate into the interior design of your home.
For example, when you're out shopping for items to complete your living room ideas, you should purchase items that you're most drawn to and you most enjoy. You'll know them when you see them, so don't feel obligated to buy something just because you think it might "fit" into the grand scheme of things. Buy an item because you love it and you'll find that purchasing items that you love, even if they don't seemingly "go together," will actually end up meshing together quite well.

Reality Check
Last but not least, realize that you can be drawn to a number of different decorating styles, colors and interior design elements. However, that does not mean that you have to incorporate all of these different elements into your home. To prevent yourself from overdecorating a space, figure out what you most love best about the room and eliminate everything else that is 'so-so' in your eyes. Sure, you may have loved it at one point or it may have even been an impulse buy. Whatever the cause, don't be afraid to eliminate things from your space even after you've bought them.

Personal decorating styles evolve constantly throughout the years. You may love something one year and hate it the next. Interior design is like fashion, it's always changing and so are your tastes. That being said, don't feel like you have to keep something just because you once loved it.

Mob Jarrock invites you to find more bathroom design and bedroom design inspirations for your remodel, found on the creative playground of Design Shuffle!

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Home Accessories - Designer Secrets to Creating a Beautiful Home
Expert Author Pamela JaffkeSo you have some furniture - maybe a sofa, a loveseat, some end tables, and a coffee table. But the room lacks personality. What do you do now? Think of your room as an outfit. An outfit needs accessories like jewelry, shoes, scarves or belts to complete the look. Don't you love it when you see a woman who really knows how to put an outfit together? Well, you can do the same with your home.

The key is to add layers. The most beautiful designs consist of layers of color and texture. Find a piece of artwork or an area rug that really speaks to you. Use that piece as inspiration for the rest of the room. Add complementary art pieces that fill your walls with color and texture. Lamps can add so much personality while adding a glow and being functional, too. There are so many unique and beautiful lamps. Think of them as the jewelry in your room. Every end table should have a lamp on it, and where there is no table, use a floor lamp to balance the light. And they don't have to match! Most of the design that I do is eclectic, which encompasses a variety of periods and styles and is brought together through the use of color, texture, shape, and finish.

Greenery and flowers add another layer and help to bring the outdoors inside. If you don't have a green thumb, think silk or preserved plants. Preserved plants are real plants that have been preserved through a special process so that they won't deteriorate. They look, feel, and smell like real plants because they are real!
Add another layer by putting some throw pillows on your seating. Choose colors and textures that complement the artwork or area rug that you've selected. Make sure that the pillows are large and fluffy.
Get some decorative photo frames, add some favorite family photos, and place them in a grouping of three or five. Don't overdo it. If you'd like to display more family photos, rotate them from time to time or get a digital photo frame.

Other types of accessories that you may include are candleholders (great for mood lighting), decorative boxes (great for holding remotes), trays (great for serving), and bookends (great for holding a few special books on a console or sofa table). All of these accessories create layers that add a richness to the room and a balanced feeling.

Be creative, and make your selections based on what you love. If you need inspiration, please visit our online home accessories boutique. I've personally selected the most amazing, unique, and beautiful pieces. I've recommended complementary pieces to help you to create the place you love coming home to.

Pamela Jaffke has 25 years experience creating beautiful, functional interiors. She offers practical advice on how to create a home environment that reflects your lifestyle, your passions, and your personal taste on her Design Blog.

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