|Arts and Crafts style. Clean lines, natural elements.|
1) Look at professionally designed rooms: Buy magazines and clip out rooms you like. Go the your local bookstore and browse the home and design section. Look for things that please you; the color of the room, the feel of the design, a specific light fixture or piece of furniture, the way the room looks overall. Is there something that grabs your attention? The elements of styles that you like will become clear and help you add them to your design.
|Cottage style. Casual and classic with, bead board, white hues, warm woods.|
3) Take a design style quiz. These are more superficial but do guide you in overall style. Putting a name to a style can often help you during shopping trips when you are able to ask for "a Neoclassic style lamp." Do back-up research on-line through blogs, furniture and design web sites, and image searches. Identifying styles with names such as "Classic Bohemian" are of no use, however, because there aren't common elements associated with made-up names!
|Traditional living room with antiques, rich hues, classic furnishings.|