Monday, February 8, 2010

Decorating Style Defined

The internet is such great source of design tools. As I was perusing a few blogs today, I stumbled upon this write up on Haven & Home. She used the assessment at Sproost to help determine her decorating style. Knowing your style is essential when decorating your home. You may love that ultra-modern coffee table, but the bottom line is that it would look out of place in your classic home.

I took the quiz and found it to be right on. (As you can see below, I have three VERY equal design tastes which means either (a) I need three homes (hint, hint) or (b) I have to work really hard to make sure that everything in our home blends well together while still showing our personalities. The key commonalities I found? I like warm, neutral rooms that are comfortable and lived in. I want a house that says "Welcome Home!"

My results below:

33% Modern Elegance

Variety is the spice of life! And nowhere is this truer than in the design of your home... You either love contemporary but wish it wasn't quite so cold and austere; or perhaps you've always been drawn to more traditional rooms but are now at a point in your life where you'd like to pair down a bit or want to create a less cluttered and busy space. Transitional Style is here to marry those apparent contradicting designs. And guess what — it's the contradictions that make the mix of contemporary and traditional so successful. The result is an elegant room that appeals to young and old alike. A sofa with modern lines blends seamlessly with a pair of traditional chairs. New fabrics work so well on antique pieces. It turns out that modern art looks even more exciting above a collection of traditional pieces. The room feels simple and sophisticated, elegant and hip.

33% Classic

What's old is new again! The beauty of Classic Style is how well it takes all of the beautiful forms, colors and textures of the past and reinvents them in a way that feels both fresh and inspired. The style itself is a mix of European influences and French, English and Italian antiques and replicas are often used together. Furniture is well proportioned and comfortable and the rooms give off an air of sophistication and grace. Oil paintings depicting a still life or nature scenes and emphasizing symmetry of pairs helps maintain the Classic nature of the room. Windows are often covered with opulent fabric shades and/or drapery. Classic rooms give off an air of history that seems to say: "I was here long before you, and will remain long after you've gone." And yet, even with this level of sophistication, the rooms are soft and inviting.

34% Rustic Revival

You can take kid out of the country but you can't take the country out of the kid... or is your theme "you can take the kid out of the city, but you can't take the city out of the kid?" Either way you play it, you are one of the unique individuals who loves a mix of modern and country. The clean lines of the modern softened by rustic /vintage elements is the perfect mix in your mind. And can we blame you? You've taken the best aspects of two popular designs and mixed them in a manner that appeals young and old alike. A subtle background of white or light colors provides a nice canvas for all the wonderful flea market, eBay or garage sale finds as well as the classic modern pieces that you love.

[My results and photo credits as well as quizzes available at Sproost.]

1 comment:

  1. 67% Rustic revival,17% Modern Elegance, 16% French Eclectic. I got much better results when I clicked on the side bar about what I liked and disliked specifically in each room. Still did not do this on each room as my computer kept locking up.