How to Discover Your Personal Design Aesthetic

Your home is an extension of you. It houses all your personal belongings you have collected over the years, displayed in ways you prefer for all to see. Your home is personalized to the styles you gravitate towards such as modern, farmhouse, traditional or a combination of styles. Everyone’s styles are different and should be personalized to you and what matters most to you.

Sometimes it is hard to narrow your ideas and styles down to what will work best for you and your home. My job is fun and unique because I get to help you discover and transform the spaces in your home into personalized extensions of you. To make the discovery process easier I will share some easy steps to talk in order to help you discover your design aesthetic.

Prepare for a Sucessful Design Project

Organize Your Home

Step 1. Collect Interior Design Inspiration

One of the easiest, and I think the most fun, is collecting inspirational images. When you collect visual pieces that you gravitate towards it is easier for me and for you to get a better understanding of what you style is. These images are not used to create replicas of what you see, but to take details and ideas to get a wholistic picture of what you love.

Pinning or clipping images from websites or magazines is a great place to start when collecting inspirational images. A key thing to keep in mind when collecting is to not think about why you are gravitating towards each image, but to just save what you like and keep going, follow your gut. When you think too hard about why each image inspires you, you corner yourself into certain thing instead of letting yourself explore.

Step 2. Find Patterns in the Aesthetic

Now that you have gone crazy pinning all your inspirational images it’s time to take a second look. Go over all of them and find the similarities, beginning to notice all the common design themes. This step is helpful for you and I because we get to see all your preferred styles and what they have in common. We might discover you like moody hues and patterns or that you learn towards a more modern edge. I take all of this into consideration when I create your design concept.

As important it is to know what you like it is also very important to have a list of things you really don’t like. By having a list of design elements, you do not like it is easier to narrow down your preferred style. It saves us time by able to avoid things your will never enjoy.

Step 3. Make the Look Yours

After going over all your design details, inspirational images and ideas you may have for your project we can get started on creating your personalized design aesthetic. I use this information to then pull pieces, create sketches/renderings and floor plans or elevations to reflect your personal style. The details and concepts that you prefer are detailed out and reflected in all the design choices.

Your home should reflect you and your personalized design style, but it is also very important to keep in mind the function and desired feelings different rooms should provide/have. Your design style can be used throughout your home but in each space, it may be tailored in a different way to suit the function. For example, your super modern kitchen may feel super cold and clean, but you may not want those same exact feelings to be portrayed in your bedroom, so your modern bedroom uses a few different elements to create a cozier modern style and feeling.

One of the most important things for me as a designer is to connect with you and figure out your personalized design aesthetic. If we do not have an understanding of what you love, it is very hard to make any suggestions or decisions about your project. That’s why discovering what you love is so important, not to mention the process can be so much fun! I love seeing what my clients bring to me for inspiration, because it is something they are excited about and I get the honor to help design something for them to cherish each day in their home.

Ready to start planning your one-of-a-kind dream space? Let’s chat!

Xoxo,

Jill

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