For a long time, I haven’t been happy with the way my house looked and I couldn’t put my finger on why. No matter what accessories I bought, or how many cushions I threw on the sofa (and there are lots!) I couldn’t find a cohesive look. You can see one of my mistakes here! But recently, I’ve had a couple of light bulb moments.
The first one was some advice from my very wise daughter! She suggested that as we were renovating our whole house, to start afresh in each room and choose a theme and only buy items which matched my chosen theme! So far, I’m managing to follow her advice and I like the results.
The biggest light bulb moment was after reading this post from Kimberley Duran from Swoon worthy. She suggests using Pinterest to find your style, by setting up a secret board with images you love then finding a common theme and choosing three words which sum up your taste. These are just a few of my favourite living room saves.
The first one is this one from Decoholic:
I love the light airy feel of this room, the subtle touch of pink and the natural touches of flowers and plants.
This one is from Immy and Indi:
Again, a light and airy room with functional tables and natural touches from plants and lots of wood. Oh and another pink cushion!
This is gorgeous from Istome.co.uk:
I think we’re beginning to see a theme here! Definitely a white, grey and pink colour scheme, with lots of cushions and fresh flowers or plants.
This last image is from Sassandspice.
Same colour palette, natural wood tables, plants and flowers, and lots of cushions and cosy throws.
Now for the hard part – finding three words to describe all of this! I wrote down all the words I could think of to describe what I saw; white, bright, calm, light, airy, natural, pretty, pink, romantic, minimalist, functional, wood, grey, cosy, comfy, welcoming – these are just some of them! To try and whittle it down to three, I looked for categories. There’s obviously a heavy Scandinavian influence, and as the purpose of this exercise is to keep me on track when accessorising my home, I think one of my words will have to be Scandi.
Next I looked at the colour palette – lots of bright white, light greys and pale pastel pinks, all of which help to create feeling of airy calm. The white walls bounce the light around making the rooms look more spacious. As one of the main features of our new extension is the natural light, I think my next word would have to be light. This encompasses the natural light, the white walls and furniture, the use of lamps for feature lighting and also lots of candles.
One thing I was sure of before starting this exercise, was that I didn’t want any clutter. I wanted the space to be functional but pretty. I do like ornaments and decoration, but not too many, so that led me to my third word – minimalistic!
So there you have it, my home decor style is light, minimalist, Scandi!