How to find your own interior style

How to find your own interior style

Finding your own sense of interior style usually happens through trial and error, and it certainly doesn’t happen overnight. However, if you want to give yourself a bit of a head start, we’ve put together some advice to get you started in the right direction on your journey.

Think about what makes you happy

Your home is your sanctuary, so think about spaces and places that you’ve visited that make you happy. This might be a beautiful restaurant that you frequent or a favourite holiday destination. If the interiors of this nostalgic place spark joy (thanks, Marie Kondo) note down the elements of the space that appeal to you, like the colour palette or any striking furniture elements that take your fancy. This will start to reveal what sort of stylistic elements you find aesthetically pleasing.

Get an interest in Pinterest

If you’re not already on Pinterest, we highly recommend that you make yourself a free account (and give us a follow while you’re there).

Pinterest is just like a digital mood board, but with an endless supply of images and info for inspiration called ‘pins’. You can start by typing in a word or phrase that you’re looking for into the search bar, such a house plants, for example, and Pinterest will show you hundreds of ways that other Pinterest users have styled their house plants.

See something that you think is your style? Click on the pin and you’ll be able to pin this to your digital ‘board’ so that you can view it later. Pinterest’s clever algorithm will then automatically show you a selection of pins that feature imagery similar to the image that you just clicked on and saved.

Once you’ve pinned a few things, you can review your board. To do this, tap on ‘boards’ in your Pinterest dashboard. If you’ve noticed that you’ve pinned about 5 grassy-green velvet sofas, then this is a good indication that this piece of furniture appeals to you and therefore, makes up part of your style.

Where else to go for inspo?

Here are some of our favourite Pinterest accounts:

  • Apartment Therapy: #apartmenttherapy is one of the most followed hashtags, and its Pinterest account is full of #inspo
  • Decoholic: the Pinterest account to browse for all of the latest interiors trends
  • Archdigest: the Pinterest account of the definitive design magazine is full of dreamy interiors from all over the world
  • Est Living: a definite go-to Pinterest account for seriously stylish modern spaces and design

    Become a fan of Instagram

    If you’re already a fan of the ‘gram, then you’ll be thrilled to know that this is another great tool for seeking out your own interior style.

    When you come across a scroll-stoppingly beautiful interior space tap Instagram’s save button (that’s the little bookmark shaped button on the right-hand corner of every post you see). You can then review all of your saved posts by clicking on the three lines in the top right-hand corner of your Instagram profile and then tapping ‘saved’ from the menu. From the images that you’ve saved, pay close attention to the styles and trends that appear the most.

    If you’ve saved lots of posts that feature dark walls, or clean lines, for example, start following this hashtag on Instagram so that you’re served more images of this style, which will help you find more of the interior spaces and styles that you like.

    To do this: Tap the magnifying glass in the bottom left-hand corner of your profile, then type #cleanlines into the search bar. Next, tap on the hashtag and click ‘follow’. You’ll now get a daily update in your feed of the interior styles that you’re most fond of.

    Once you’ve pinned a few things, you can review your board. To do this, tap on ‘boards’ in your Pinterest dashboard. If you’ve noticed that you’ve pinned about 5 grassy-green velvet sofas, then this is a good indication that this piece of furniture appeals to you and therefore, makes up part of your style.

    Where else to go for inspo?

    Here are some of our favourite Instagram accounts:

    @barlowandbarlow: a British interior design studio known for pulling off ultra-glam projects
    @elledecorationuk: the Instagram account of the renowned design magazine offers just as much inspo as its glossy pages
    @dezeen: Instagram account for the world’s most influential architecture, design and interiors magazine

    @topologyinteriors: a London-based design studio that focusses on creating affordable designs

    Get into the mood for some mood boarding

    Make these notes visual by creating your own mood board. When you see something that you love in a magazine, cut out the page and add this to your mood board. Order paint, wallpaper, tile, and fabric samples and add these to the board to see if you like the combination of the elements together.