Your Style | Your Happy Place

To determine what home decorating style fits your lifestyle, you can consider the following criteria:

Your home should be your happy place. When decorating your space, whether it's a dorm room, apartment, or new home, it's important to choose a style that reflects your personal style, works for your lifestyle, and fits your budget. Due to life transitions, you may be ready for a new look or just need to make a few minor changes to create your happy place.

First, consider the following characteristics.

  • Personality. What kind of atmosphere do you want to create in your home? Do you prefer a calm and relaxing setting or a vibrant and energetic feel? Are you comfortable in a traditional style or a more modern atmosphere?
  • Lifestyle. Do you entertain often? Do you have children and/or pets? How do you use your space? What hobbies or interests would you want to incorporate into your décor?
  • Budget. What is your budget for home décor? Are you able to make big changes or do you need to work room to room to stay within your budget constraints?   Also, consider that traditional or transitional styles can be more expensive than others, such as modern or minimalist.
  • Space.  What styles work best for your space size and floor plan.  Some styles, such as French country or traditional, may not be well-suited to small spaces.
  • Personal Style.  What kind of clothes, art, and music do you like? What kind of furniture and décor do you find appealing?

Now you can start to narrow down your choices. Here are some of the most popular home decorating styles:

  • Traditional: The traditional style is characterized by classic furniture, such as wing chairs, sofas, and mahogany tables. Rich colors and patterns, such as florals and damasks are common in this style.
  • Transitional: Transitional style is a mix of traditional and modern elements. It may have classic furniture pieces with clean lines and contemporary fabrics.
  • Modern: Clean lines, simple shapes, and neutral colors are characteristic of Modern style. It often features metal, glass, and wood materials.
  • Minimalist: Minimalist style is about simplicity and functionality. It often features a limited number of simple furniture pieces and home décor items in neutral colors.
  • Bohemian: Bohemian style is generally a mix of patterns, colors, textures, and styles. It often features eclectic furniture, artwork, and textiles.
  • Farmhouse/Cottage: Farmhouse style is characterized by rustic furniture with distressed finishes, and natural materials. It often features white or cream walls and pops of color in floral, checks, or striped fabrics and accessories.
  • Industrial: Industrial style showcases exposed brick, metal accents, and unfinished wood. It often features strong sharp-edged vintage furniture and decorative items.
  • Coastal: Coastal style is characterized by light pastel colors, natural materials, and beachy accents. It often features white or cream walls with calming blues or greens in accessories.

Or you can create your own unique look by mixing and matching elements from different styles.  The most important thing is to choose a style that reflects your personality and lifestyle.

Here are some additional tips for determining what home decorating style fits your lifestyle:

  • Look at magazines and websites for inspiration. Pay attention to the styles that you are drawn to and incorporate the specific elements (colors, furniture, and décor style) into a mood board.  
  • Visit home décor stores and showrooms. Note what different styles you like and don't like.

Remember, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to home decorating. The most important thing is to choose a style that gives you joy and makes your own home your Happy Place.


Here are URL's to the links for the above-mentioned styles. These links provide excellent photos and more in-depth information about each of these styles.