Posted by: thebellalife | July 24, 2009

CTR:What’s Your Style?



Do you know your design style? I’m surprised at how many women come into my home decor store not knowing what their own decor style is. They usually define their “style” by what they LIKE or DON’T LIKE. But ask them to put a name to it and they can’t. So how do you begin to Choose The Right style for your personality, the atmosphere you want to create and achieve a look that’s distinctive to you? Here a couple of fun ideas that will help you move closer to defining your own unique style:


Idea 1: Get a pencil and paper and look at the following pictures. Stop at each one and write 3 words to express what you see or feel. An awareness of your emotions and feelings is important and useful when discovering your own style. See which picture is the easiest for you to relate to.




French Country?






Simple Country?






Idea 2:  There are several websites that offer design “style” quizzes. Take several of them to see if they capture your style. Here’s a couple of quizzes for you to try:

 Modern, Classic, Country or Eclectic? Take this quick quiz and find out!

  1. How would you describe your personality?
    a) I’m a minimalist — less is definitely more.
    b) I’m refined and don’t like to follow trends.
    c) I’m casual and relaxed.
    d) I’m a risk taker.
  2. In my closet, you’ll find
    a) Anything by Alexander McQueen
    b) Lots of twin sweater sets
    c) Faded jeans, cowboy boots and more denim
    d) Anything vintage mixed with the latest fad
  3. What would be your fantasy home?
    a) A sleek loft space
    b) A Georgian home
    c) A converted barn
    d) A Spartan trailer
  4. What is your most coveted piece of furniture?
    a) An Eames La Chaise chair
    b) A Louis Seize oval-back chair
    c) Your grandmother’s old painted cupboard
    d) A Ms. Pacman videogame cocktail table
  5. On my bedroom window sill you will find:
    a) A neatly stacked pile of art books
    b) A Roman-style urn on each side of the window
    c) A row of old jelly jars
    d) Vintage miniature toys
  6. If you could redesign your kitchen from scratch, it would have:
    a) Industrial stainless steel countertops
    b) Wall-to-wall dark wood cabinets
    c) Open shelves so everything is within reach
    d) A neon 1950s diner sign

Answer Key

If you answered “a” most often then your style is modern:

  • Clean lines, geometric shapes
  • No clutter
  • Less is definitely more.
  • Stay away from patterns.
  • Materials: glass, wood, stone, plastics
  • Wood: dark or light, but little ornamentation
  • Metals: polished chrome, stainless steel

If you answered “b” most often then your style is classic:

  • Symmetry and balance
  • Pairs of things
  • Furniture with a European influence, formal not fancy
  • Bold, historical colors
  • Restrained formality
  • Dark woods with carved detail

If you answered “c” most often then your style is country:

  • Casual, relaxed and comfortable
  • Distressed furniture, painted finishes
  • Plaids, floral, stripes and prints
  • Pieces in leather and hide
  • Inexpensive accessories such as jars and books

If you answered “d” most often then your style is eclectic:

  • Risk taker
  • Mix different periods of furniture.
  • Anything goes.
  • Find furniture in design stores, junk stores and flea markets.
  • Create cohesion with color and repetition.
  • Spirited, playful, artsy and trendy

Design quiz courtesy of

If you had answers in several categories, you might have a combination style. Whichever design style you choose to furnish your home in, don’t forget to have fun with colors, shape and texture!


Thinking Outside the Design Box...

Thinking Outside the Design Box...


My DIL Jamie shared this design style quiz that’s found at: “Sproost”. Here are the rules for this design quiz…

Imagine the specific room you’d like to redecorate. Keep that room in mind as you look at these images. Ask yourself:

  • Do I like the overall feel of the room?
  • Do I like most of the furniture / accessories in the room?


Photo Courtesy HGTV

Photo Courtesy HGTV


Focus on the furniture, fabrics, rugs, and accessories. Don’t pay too much attention to:

  • Windows, floors, wall material, and other architectural features
  • Color — it’s easy to change color combinations
  • Layout and arrangement — also easy to change

TAKE QUIZ HERE….(And remember not to cheat!)


Image Courtesy of Flickr

Image Courtesy of Flickr



So what is your style? Open yourself up to the all the possibilities that await you. Don’t be afraid to commit. And have fun with it!




Tomorrow: Oh, The Places You’ll Go…For Style Ideas!

Hows This For Style?

How's This For Style?



  1. I got 67% cottage chic and 33% French Eclectic on the sproose quiz. Merci.

  2. I mean sproost

    • I believe I was 80% Vintage Modern


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