1) Look at professionally designed rooms: Buy magazines and clip out images of rooms you like. You can do the same from on-line sources. Go to a library or bookstore and browse the design section. In each image, look for things that please you; the color of the room, a particular piece, the feel of the design, a specific light fixture or treatment, or even the way the room looks overall.
|Cottage style. Casual and classic with, bead board, white hues, warm woods.|
2) Visit furniture shops and walk through the room arrangements noting what you like. You can ask questions of the sales representative or take brochures about the arrangements to help identify specific items.
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 through blogs, furniture, and design web sites
|Traditional living room with antiques, rich hues, classic furnishings.|
4) Attend local design shows, lectures, and events. Your local chapter of ASID - The American Society of Interior Designers - often schedules lectures and events for the public. Is there a show house nearby? Are there Home & Garden shows you can attend? Visit them and take notes.
5) Call a local designer and schedule a consultation. To really hone in on your style and get immediate design advice, sit down for an hour or two with a design professional. It will set you on the right path and give you peace of mind when you start your project.