What defines your style? This is one of those questions akin to ‘how long is a piece of string’ or ‘what will I be when I grow up’? There are infinite possibilities and nobody really knows the answer until you get there, and then - thanks to time marching on at an alarming speed - are we ever really ‘there’?
Pretty heavy stuff to start the week with, so let me simplify a bit as to what I think defines your - yep, your - personal style. Many will state with authority that it’s your ethic background, the climate that you live in, your social standing, your tax bracket, what you had for lunch yesterday - blah, blah... While I agree that these factors may all influence your choices to a certain extent (except maybe what you had for lunch yesterday, unless it possessed a superior colour palette), I truly believe really what defines your style comes down to a simple decider.
Yes, it’s you and the choices that evolve from somewhere you can’t really explain (or can’t be bothered taking the precious time and government funding to analyze). There are many terms for it - gut feeling, soul, instinct, sixth sense - you see an object, a colour, a space and instantly you get a 'glow on'. It’s unique, it’s positive and for you, it works. Amidst the buffeting torrent of designer experts and colour trends and reality renovation TV shows, try and listen to the gentle whispers of your 'glow on' little more often.
So, what are some of the things that get my 'glow on' going? Masterful Film and Television Set design (this I’ll expand upon in an up coming blog post)... The shapes, textures and colours found in Nature (walked on a beach or hugged a gum tree lately?)... Simple mathematics (I'm so not mathematically inclined, yet finding balance in odd numbers somehow makes me exhale happily)... The triggers are different for everyone - the key is to acknowledge what they are and draw inspiration from them.
You want to define your own style? Then try this - make friends with your inner 'glow on' and start a list; every time you see a space that makes you smile, or you are attracted to a particular colour, or you stand in front of a piece of furniture for a little bit longer than normal, document it and before long you’ll have an overview to your own personal style. Take a photo, download a pic, take notes - begin a mood board or two. Then disregard everyone else telling you what is currently stylish, and just focus on stroking, cultivating and surrendering to that inner glow...
Just like life, your style is ever evolving so enjoy it - go with the flow and trust your gut feeling. Embrace your 'glow on' because it’s what makes you - well… you!
And let’s be honest, life’s too short to live someone else’s 'glow on' :)
For some more practical tips you might like my “How to tackle that Problem Room” series.