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Decorating

Decorating
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When it comes to decorating their homes, many people don’t know where to start. But decorating is more about knowing yourself than about knowledge of interior design. You can find your own decorating style in a variety of places. Here are seven ideas on where to look from the Akron Beacon Journal and HGTV.com.

Magazines and catalogues

Magazines and catalogues
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Spend some time tearing out photos you like. Study the pictures and think about what you find appealing in each image, what feeling it gives you, and what you noticed first. You’ll probably start to see patterns of furniture styles, colours, or room layouts that you gravitate toward.

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Your prized possessions

Your prized possessions
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Think about what you love about your favourite rug, dish, artwork, etc. If you love the colours, that can give you a palette for your room. If it’s the style or feel of the piece –contemporary, romantic, etc – that can guide your design of a room.

Your wardrobe

Your wardrobe
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Go through your wardrobe and pick out your favourite garments, perhaps trying them on. Your clothing will give you a sense of your style and colour preferences – trendy or conservative, colourful or neutral, etc.

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Where you love to shop

Where you love to shop
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Are you a flea-market junkie? You may have a vintage style. Do you like to browse sleek, trendy stores? Your style may be more modern.

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Furniture retailers

Furniture retailers
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Most furniture stores are set up in room vignettes that allow you to evaluate a variety of styles.

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Films

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Studying the houses you like in movies can help you recognise your own decorating preferences.

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Travel destinations

Travel destinations
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Where you’ve been on holiday – and the souvenirs you took home – are great indicators of your personal style. If you visted Bali often and purchased dark wooden objects, you like the tropical Balinese look. If you always take beach holidays and bring home jars of seashells, you have a coastal cottage style.

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