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You Need to Know Your Design Style Before Shopping for Home Decor

Decorating has always been a hobby of mine, but I struggled to give my home a cohesive feel. I was always worried about what everyone else would like in a home. When I should have been focusing on discovering my own personal design style.

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Instead of worry what everyone else would like, I should have been decorating with my own taste.

Maybe I was watching too much Flip or Flop on HGTV at the time because I was treating my home like a flip.

This didn’t make sense because I didn’t plan on selling my home any time soon.

I thought decorating with simple fixtures and neutrals would give my home more value.

This didn’t make my new home feel like a space that I didn’t want to leave.

I felt like I was living in someone else’s home instead of my own.

Since I wasn’t decorating for me, I struggled to piece together the interior design style of my home and ended spending more than I planned.

I now have a basement filled with miscellaneous home decor didn’t workout, and I had to repaint a few spaces.

What is Your Design Style?

I didn’t know what my style was until I took an interior Design Style Quiz.

After figuring out my style and looking around my home, I realized that I had a four different decorating styles within my home.

Rustic modern or modern farmhouse style made the most sense for my home because I prefer a cozy feel, but with clean lines.

This interior design style quiz will save you so much time and money because you will have a better idea of what will work with your space.

Redecorating Your Space on a Budget

Before you throw out everything you own, look around and see what you are repurpose.

Some items can be changed with a quick coat of spray paint or reupholstered with fabric to give them a new style.

Try to make a few things from scrap wood to save money or move existing items into a different room.

Focus on one room at a time until you feel like you got it right then move onto the next space.

Keeping the design style in mind as you decorate the next room in your home, so when you move from room to room it has a cohesive feel.

Master Bedroom Refresh

I recently redecorated my master bedroom on a budget, and I am so happy with how it came out.

The bedroom had a palm leaf ceiling fan that we didn’t feel like removing right away, so we decorated around it.

I tried to embrace the tropical theme with bright decor, but it didn’t feel like my own space.

Finally I got around to replacing the palm leaf fan, and redecorated this space.

I should have originally decorated this room with my own taste in mind because I would have spent less money.

Here is a picture of my newly redecorating master bedroom.

Mistake # 1- Shopping for Home Decor

Mistakes We Make When it Comes to – Home Decor, Home Improvement, and DIY Projects

We ask our spouse to come with us to any of the following stores: Hobby Lobby, Home Goods, Pottery Barn, or Kirkland’s.

Don’t get me wrong I have an amazing husband and he is very patient when we are shopping.

Even though he is a good sport while shopping, there is still a time limit on how long we can be in each isle of a store.

It’s kind of similar to a toddler. You know that a meltdown is in the works, if you take too long.

For instance, I can browse the bathmat isle for at least 20 minutes at Home Goods trying to carefully select the correct mat.

I have a lot to consider in this isle and my husband doesn’t understand the thought process that goes into selecting such a simple item.

My Favorite Paint Colors!

I painted my entire home from top to bottom (a couple times).

Painting has become a hobby of mine, so I found some really great products along the way.

I must think about the paint color of the bathroom, the towel color, the color and pattern of the shower curtain, the existing décor, and then I have to consider if these mats will match the rest of the house.

Why am I making this amateur mistake?!

I should have just left him at home, so I could carefully think in the store.

Mistake # 2 – Target Trips

Tricking your husband to go to Target for groceries.

This sounds like you won because you are in the store buying a few things that you do need.

However, trying to get him to veer off course to the home section can be challenging.

Decorative Baskets
Make decorative baskets for less than $25!

Finally, you convinced your spouse to take a quick look in the throw pillow isle.

You get there and you are instantly overwhelmed by the colors, patterns, textures, and the clearance at the end of the isle is catching your eye.

In your head you know that this is going to be a lot longer than you originally planned.

Your husband stands nearby taking heavy breaths looking at his phone, and you feel the pressure to hurry up.

You are quickly approaching your time limit, and start to feeling flustered because the pillows just are coordinating.

Ugh then you have to consider the budget.

How will you convince him that you need to add $100 in throw pillows to your over flowing grocery cart.

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Mistake #3 – Forgetting to Combine Bags

You made it out the door alone to run some “errands” and to make a few other non-mentioned stops.

I try to make errands sound boring, so my husband will not want to come if I have a serious shopping trip in mind.

Once I’m out the door, I handle my real errands in about half an hour then I end up at Hobby Lobby and the Christmas Tree Shop for hours.

After spending well over an hour carefully making my selections, I am feeling great about what I bought.

I head home and I walk in the front door with arms ready to break off from all the bags.

My husband gives me a look and asks what I bought. I try to downplay it, but I have so many bags I can’t really pull this off.

Then I start to doubt myself and feel guilty for buying all of these things that we probably don’t need.

scrap wood shelves
DIY shelves using scrap wood!

Why didn’t I combine some of the bags?!

Why didn’t I leave some in the trunk and sneak them in later?!

He really doesn’t care what I buy, but I always end up feeling so guilty about spending too much.

Mistake #4 – Home Improvement Store

My husband loves the home improvement store, which is great because I can convince (trick) him into starting a new project.

You are probably thinking that this is not a mistake.

Well, the mistake that I make is asking his opinion on paint color.

Choosing the right paint color can be challenging when you are trying to coordinate existing colors in your home.

DIY Picture Shelves

I try to narrow down paint chips to a few favorites then ask my husband for his opinion.

For some reason I want him to feel involved in the process.

He then selects the ugliest color out of the three paint chips that I have selected.

Now I start doubting all of the paint chips that I am holding in my hand.

I begin to over analyze everything and up leaving the store with nothing because I couldn’t decide.

Why do we make these mistakes?

We do this because we want our spouses to feel involved with some of the designing of the house.

Which I am not sure why we do this because all they respond with is, “It looks fine.”

Just fine?! I spent over an hour carefully blending interior design styles, patterns, colors, textures, to create a cohesive feel. All he has to say is fine?!

Now that you read through my mistakes, save yourself some time and aggravation by taking this interior design style quiz.

Also, do not take your spouse to the store with you.

Before you start decorating it is important to know your interior design style!

This will save so much time and money because you will have a better idea of what to buy.

After taking the quiz, I feel confident that I can piece together throw pillows in under 15 minutes.

So, next time I make the mistake of bringing my husband to help with home decor, I will be ready!

Seasonal Home Decor From My Home

Most of my fall decor items were purchased, but I did an easy DIY project with the mason jar center piece.

These mason jars needed a little texture and color, so I used Rust-Oleum Stone Spray Paint.

Learn how to make in this!

Shop My Fall Decor:

Two Tiered Tray

Farmhouse Beads

White Decorative Pumpkins

Pumpkin Signs

Modern Accent Wall

Easy step by step directions to install a modern painted accent wall for any space in your home. This modern accent wall can be customized to fit into a small or large space, and will instantly update your bedroom, nursery, bathroom, or living room.

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I used this same paint to upgrade my bathroom vanity and mirror frame. View our post to see how they both turned out.

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