In March my husband and I closed on our first home (a fixer) and since then I’ve spent the last few months studying paint chips, home renovation blogs, and pouring over countless shelter magazines for inspiration. After years of being obsessed with interiors and architecture (and far too many architecture and interior design courses to count) I’m pretty secure in my personal style. I’ve kept scrapbooks of magazine tear sheets since I was about 11. Literally. And recently I started a flickr photostream to help track photos I find and love. However, just for fun the other night I decided to take a few style quizzes I saw mentioned on Young House Love. All of these quizzes operate on the same basic premise – you look at a bunch of photos of interiors showing different styles and colors and select the photos that you find most appealing. At the end of the quiz you read all about your personal style. Pretty easy, right?
According to Sproost, my style is Cottage Chic -
I love this answer. It’s so me! “You love the carefree spirit that the cottage interior inspires, but you are also serious about your appreciation for modern art and hip treasures. You love old and new alike, and love to highlight them all to expose the uniqueness of each.” All true. I also love the bit about, “Your true inspiration (whether you know it or not) is the sea… the colors found at your favorite beach: white and light beige of the sand, a variety of blues for the ocean and sky, and greens and pale grays of the sea glass…” Yes, yes and yes. Affirmative. If I have my way, when our house is all finished it will feel like waking up in a New England beach house every morning.
Ethan Allen calls my style Loft -
“Energetic. Fashion-driven. Practical. Materials borrowed from industry, architecture, and nature. Clean shapes. Punches of color. Spontaneous and fresh. Kids and pets? Bring them on.” Again, all true. This is getting fun!
The last quiz I took is the one from HomeGoods, where they deemed my look Country Casual -
According to HomeGoods, “You love unique finds, and can turn a few mismatched garden chairs or floral teacups into a charming arrangement. You appreciate a pretty mix of relaxed pieces, like painted wood or weathered furniture, lovely florals and other patterns, lots of throws and pillows, mementos and bunches of fresh flowers that give your home a unique sense of breeziness and charm.” Also spot on!
All in all, these quizzes are all pretty accurate. (Or at least they were for me!) I think they’d be a great tool if you aren’t really sure where to start when thinking about how to decorate your home. Knowing what colors, shapes and styles appeal to you will allow you to pick and choose elements that you can use throughout your space for a cohesive look that you’ll love. For more ways to identify your personal style, check out these tips from John and Sherry over at Young House Love.