How To Find Your Home Decor Style: Beginner's Guide

by Rachel Joyce

Figuring out what your decorating style is can seem daunting, but even beginners can design a space that makes them feel inspired and expresses their personality. Creating a unique home decor design style doesn’t mean you have to be wealthy or particularly creative, either. It’s something that can be built and curated over time, and we’re going to help you do just that with these tips on how to find your decor style and what types of decorating style trends are out there to explore.

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5 Ways To Find Your Home Decor Style: Beginner’s Guide

1. Understand what you want/need from your space

Style isn’t everything. At its very core, your space should functionally serve you and your family’s needs. For instance, if you have young children, you may not want to go with an all-white palette, minimalist furniture with little storage, and sculptural furniture. Knowing what will benefit you will guide you in the direction to go. Also, think about how you want to feel in your space. Do you want to feel creatively inspired, relaxed, or maybe cheerful? Let that be a guiding measure, too.

2. Take an online decor style quiz

There are plenty of online quizzes out there that can help you narrow down your style. This one from New York-based interior designer Christina Cleveland is quick but thorough. It shows you a variety of interiors and decorative pieces to choose what you like best as well as asks you questions about what you want from your home and how you want guests to feel when they visit. It also provide tips on how to build the decor style that the quiz says is most true to you.

3. Get inspiration from magazines & Pinterest

There are plenty of home decor and home design magazines such as Elle Decor and HouseBeautiful, and each issue showcases beautiful interiors of all types. Grab a few and bookmark which images speak to you. You can even tear pages out and create a mood board to get a better idea of what you like. More of a digital person? There’s so much interior decor inspiration on Pinterest, and — better yet — you can create your own virtual mood boards there.

4. Take a look at your wardrobe

What you wear says a lot about what you like and what you’re naturally drawn to. Take a look at your wardrobe to see if you notice any overarching themes. Are your clothes primarily shades of tans, blacks, and whites? Perhaps you’d enjoy a more neutral decor style. Are you drawn to bright colors and bold patterns? Then maximalism may be more of a way to go. 

5. Take stock of what you currently have

Take a look around your home to see what decor you currently have. Chances are there are some running themes or similarities in some of the pieces. Use this as an inspirational guide.

What are the different home decor styles out there?

There are many decor styles to choose from, and interior design trends are constantly evolving, but these are some of the popular types for 2023.

Art Deco

Short for Arts Décoratifs, this style features vivid colors, bold geometric shapes, and intricate details. Art deco was popular in the 1920s-1940s and feels glamorous and luxurious. Think The Great Gatsby and the roaring ’20s.

ADD A TOUCH TO YOUR HOME:

 

Kosta Boda Contrast Vase

 

Contemporary

A contemporary home is reflective of the current styles. It evolves and grows as we do, constantly adapting to what's new and trending in the world of home design. Currently, this includes clean lines, natural materials, cool colors, and a focus on quality.

ADD A TOUCH TO YOUR HOME:

Link Square Placemats, Set of 4

 

Michael Wainwright Panthera Indigo Vase

 

Michael Wainwright Truro Platinum Glass Pitcher

 

Minimalist

This decor style is all about simplicity. Clean lines and a monochromatic palette are often the focus. Features used in this style include open floor plans, bright light, and functional furniture in a variety of materials and textures.

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Orrefors Set of 2 Lumiere Candlesticks

 

Zafferano Pina Pro 11.4" Cordless Rechargeable Lamp

 

30" Long Manouba Hammered Aluminum Boat Bowl

 

Eclectic

This style is a combination of lots of different decorating styles and concepts so that the aesthetic is completely unique. Several mixes of fabrics, patterns, and art items are often used. 

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Guzzini Le Murrine Medium Bowl

 

Round Barcode Placemats, Set of 4

  

Staub Ceramic 16-oz. Petite Tomato Cocotte - Cherry

 

Modern Farmhouse

Brought into broad popularity by Chip and Joanna Gaines, the modern farmhouse style prioritizes practicality, simplicity, and rustic charm. While the farmhouse style tends to reflect the aesthetics of rural architecture and natural finishes, it also incorporates modern shapes, creating a look that feels cozy and polished.

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White Glass Pitcher 

 

Carmel Ceramica Cozina Salad Plate

 

 

Vinceta Marbleized Mango Wood Bowl

 

Mid-Century Modern

Mid-century modern design rose to popularity in the middle of the twentieth century. Elements of mid-century modern interior design include clean lines, subdued tones, a combination of natural and manmade textiles, graphic shapes, and bold colors.

ADD A TOUCH TO YOUR HOME: 

Smeg Kettle With 3D Logo

 

 

Kumasi Mango Wood Serving Bowll

 

 

Starburst Round Placemats, Set of 4

 

Traditional

This decor is classic and timeless. It combines vintage and antique pieces while peppering in a few on-trend accessories for a look that never goes out of style.

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Byzantine Placemats, Set of 4

 

 

Michael Wainwright Truro Gold Salad Plate

 

 

Palermo Medium Jewelry Box

 

Bohemian

Related to the eclectic style, bohemian decor is a relaxed aesthetic that mixes different cultures and art with an emphasis on organic elements and nature. Multiple patterns, metals, woods, plants, animal hides, and knickknacks from travels are often featured.

ADD A TOUCH TO YOUR HOME:

Istanbul Square Tray

 

 

​​Zoe Large Jewelry Box

 

 

Bright Eyes Cocktail Napkins, Set of 4

 

Scandinavian

This is a Nordic design style that’s clean, cozy, and inspired by nature. It’s minimalist and focuses on function, but incorporates lots of natural textures that warm up the space.

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Crystalia Olive Wood Beyond Napkin Holder

 

 

Prato Oval Mango Wood Bowl in Walnut Enamel

 

Guzzini Tierra Plastic Tumbler

 

Want to see more? Here are some other home decor styles to explore:

  • Maximalist 
  • Shabby Chic
  • Coastal
  • Modern
  • Industrial
  • French Country
  • Transitional
  • Rustic
  • Jungalow

 

What are the most popular decor trends for 2023?

Industry experts expect to see more of the following design trends for 2023:

  • Bold Marble
  • Organic Materials And Shapes
  • Sleek Appliances
  • Minimalism
  • Neutrals
  • Thrifted Pieces
  • Patterns And Bold Colors

 

To recap, here are 5 tips for finding your decorating style:

  • Understand what you need/want from your space
  • Take an online decor style quiz
  • Get inspiration from decorating magazines and Pinterest
  • Take a look at your wardrobe
  • Take stock of what you currently have in your home