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What Does Your Decorating Personality Say About You?

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Our homes, new or lived-in, is a canvas that should reflect who we are. However, a lot of us still struggle with finding our own personal approach to decor. With the overwhelming amount of trends, we tend to feel that our spaces lack character. 

Having a design focus can help you streamline the look you want to achieve sans the stress. Whether you're just starting out or refurnishing, read on to see which style you identify with and how to incorporate it into your space.

Main photo from: Home Bunch

Shabby Chic

Coined in the 80s by author and designer Rachel Ashwell, this style includes cottage-inspired elements like weathered furniture, floral prints, and vintage-inspired accessories. Although its main aesthetic is unstructured, it still exudes effortless elegance. 

Those who gravitate toward this look are perceived to be intelligent and sophisticated old souls. They are usually the ones who would rather curl up with a good book than go out for drinks on a Friday night. 

RL Tip: You don’t have to search far and wide for the perfect shabby chic pieces. Flea markets are the best places to go to for salvaged furniture and retro textiles. 

Photo from Shelterness.
 

Modern Contemporary

Apart from clean and sleek lines, this style is established with furniture pieces in muted neutrals with bold pops of color. Spaces like these are designed to be functional while still maintaining a warm and welcoming vibe.

Since this style is associated with spontaneous and unexpected details, homeowners who go for it usually like things streamlined. They are also said to be outgoing, adventurous, and connected with nature.  

RL Tip: If you want to add modern touches to your home, consider hanging artwork with graphic elements or using sustainable materials such as bamboo flooring and granite countertops. 

Photo from iDesignArch

Rustic-Industrial 

Reclaimed wood, corrugated metal, and handcrafted pieces—these are the components that make up this one-of-a-kind style. Refreshing and straightforward, it highlights the natural beauty of the materials used in a space. 

This type of interior decor gives the impression that the dweller is a rebel with a resilient spirit. He is strong, rugged, and independent. 

RL Tip: Contrasting textures like leather seats and knitted throws keep this style inviting and family-friendly. 

Photo from MWH

Coastal

This look evokes an airy feel with large windows, high ceilings, sheer curtains, and nautical fixtures such as seashells and lighthouses. Its color scheme is a blend of white, beige, gold, and different shades of blue which add a classic touch. 

The relaxed style is linked with laid-back homeowners who are usually composed, nonconfrontational, and in touch with their native roots. They like surrounding themselves with things that bring a sense of peace. 

RL Tip: To get the same look while living in the city, add hints of turquoise and eye-catching coral accessories to your existing decor. 

Photo from Home Bunch.

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