HOW TO FIND YOUR HOME DECOR STYLE ๐Ÿก (step-by-step + mini interior decor tour)

HOW TO FIND YOUR HOME DECOR STYLE ๐Ÿก (step-by-step + mini interior decor tour)


The way we decorate our homes can say a lot about our personalities, it’s somewhat like a creative expression of who we are. In this video I’m going to show you how you can figure out your personal home decor style, something that’s unique and personal to you, and I’m going to walk you through the process that I use with examples from my home, and I’m going to do a mini home decor tour along the way. Hello hello! Welcome back to the Whole Happy Life, my name is Ria. For today’s video I was originally going to do a full on home tour because I’ve received so many requests from subscribers, and even had a few people email me. But I thought you know what, the Whole Happy Life is an educational, informative channel and I didn’t think a home tour really fit into that, because my home is not really educating you in any way, it’s not really helping you in any way. So I took it a step further and in this video I’m going to show you how you can figure out your personal home decor style, whether you’re moving to a new home or whether you want to redecorate, I hope that these tips are useful. Let’s begin. The first step is to take a style quiz. Now a style quiz cannot completely capture your style, this is just a foundation, this is just a starting point, just to get a sense of where you lean. I took the quiz from a website called Havenly, it’s a really simple quiz to take and my results were ‘Minimal with a touch of Scandinavian’ and I think that captured my style 60 to 70 percent, not quite a hundred percent, but no style quiz will capture your style 100%, but it was a good starting point. I decided to take this one step further so I found a list of different decor styles. I’ll put that list up on the screen for you and you can also find this list in the description. So from this list I decided to cross off any styles that were definitely not me. So for example bohemian was definitely not me, I crossed it off, I crossed up rustic, and I crossed up a bunch of others. So I was left with a few styles and I didn’t know a few of them so I ended up looking for them on Google Images to see what they were and eventually I paired down my style to four different decor styles that I really liked. So what I ended up with was ‘Minimal with a touch of Scandinavian, Coastal and Glam’, so this became the starting point for my decor journey. I would suggest not having more than four to five decor styles because it becomes very hard to mix and match, but do what works for you, it’s about figuring out what you like. So for this step I created a style board on Pinterest and I used all of the decor styles from step one, the ones that I chose, minimal, coastal, glam, and Scandinavian, as search terms. So for example I would type in coastal decor into Pinterest and then find a few images and then any images that spoke to me, anything that I really liked, I put it into my style board. So at this point you’re not searching for perfect images. You’re searching for images that you like that give you a good gut reaction, and pin about 50 images, don’t go over that, because it becomes a little overwhelming. I would suggest cap-out at 50 images and that becomes a really good starting point to understand what you like. Moving on to step number three, which is to figure out your likes and dislikes. So you have a Pinterest board, it has roughly 50 images, and it has a variety of images that tie in to the decor style you chosen in step 1. Now it’s time to look at these images and figure out what you really like about them and what don’t like, and create a list. You can do a handwritten list, you could do a list on the computer. I’m going to put my list up on the screen now so you can see it, you can pause if you want to read it, you don’t have to. So this list really helped me figure out what it is that I wanted to include in my decor, and things that I wanted to omit. So as an example I realized after going through the images that I didn’t like the minimal decor that didn’t have any color, I didn’t like it when it was just neutrals, to me it was too simple, too stark, and I knew that in my decor I wanted color. So by doing this exercise you really figure out what it is that you want to include in your decor going forward. It’s time to pare down your Pinterest board. So at this time your Pinterest board probably has about 50 images. That’s a good starting point but it’s still too much you want to hone in on exactly what you like now, because you’ve done the likes and dislikes exercise. Start to pare down the images, cut down any ones that truly aren’t you, that really don’t fit in with your likes and dislikes. At the end of this you should have roughly 10 to 20 images. I had about 15, and I’ll put them up on the screen so you can see, and at this point it really started to come together. I could see that mix of minimal, Scandinavian, Coastal and Glam, and it was a really good point for me to discover further what I wanted to do. Now you could just stop here and use that Pinterest board as inspiration for your shopping, but I don’t think that’s very personal. I would love my place to look like a Pinterest board, but it lacks that element of personality, it’s not truly unique, it’s not truly you. So we’re going to take this a few steps further. Step number five – think about how you can tie in your personality, your experiences, and your inspirations into the decor style that you selected. So this is a little bit of a difficult step because you have to really think hard, but I think this is a step that truly makes your style unique. So I wanted to show you what I did and I’m going to explain. So remember my decor style from step one? it was minimal with a touch of coastal, glam and Scandinavian. I’m going to talk about how I basically took my life inspirations and connected them to the decor. So let’s talk about minimal first. So minimal can mean a lot of different things to different people. For me when I think of minimal I think of white, and then when I think of white, I think of the whitewashed walls of Santorini. I went there from my honeymoon and I absolutely loved it, and there was something about that bright white and I knew for sure that I wanted to incorporate elements of that into my home. As for Glam, what’s my personal connection to glam? So I thought about this and I thought about my cats. So I love faux fur and a good way to bring in that connection was the cats. The cats are furry, they’re cuddly, they’re cozy, and I wanted to bring in that element of faux fur to remind me of the cats. So that’s my personal connection to glam. As for coastal I also have a personal connection to that. Now coastal can mean a lot of different things to people. So if someone was born and raised and grew up in a place like Maine, coastal could mean something completely different. But for me Coastal’s not about seashells, it’s not about starfish, it’s not about those kind of things. For me, coastal is about the Mediterranean – the rich blues and the rich bluish greens, and that is what I wanted to incorporate into my decor. So again it’s coastal, it’s a decor style that many, many people do, but you’re trying to bring in an element that’s personal to you. So let me show you a few examples that bring in these elements. For white I have white frames, my speakers are white, and I also have white walls. For the coastal element, the blues and the greens, I have wall art that includes blues and greens, are heavy on those colors, and for glam, I have faux fur in different parts of the condo. I have a faux fur throw that I have on my couch. For the next step, we’re really going to get into the details, we’re going to figure out your color palette. Now a color palette is totally your decision. You may decide not to have one but I think it’s a good idea to have a color palette. A defined color palette that has both neutrals and accents, because this way your home can have a cohesive look. So for the neutrals I picked white, beige/sand, and soft gray. There’s a reason for picking each one. I’m going to walk you through it and show you examples in my home. First neutral I picked was white. Of course I’d have to pick white because I love white. It reminds me of Greece and it’s such a good minimal color as well, and my cats are white, so by choosing white furniture and white upholstery I don’t have to worry about cat fur being visible all the time. So I had reasons for it. So the things that I have are white in my home include white walls, I have white picture frames, I have a white couch, so there’s quite a bit of white in my condo. The next neutral I chose was beige / sand. The reason I chose this color is it’s a very beachy color, so it ties into that coastal element, and the beige also reminds me of my older cat Pryda. He has a little bit of a beige color going on on his back, and on his fur. He’s not a pure white cat so it was a personal element that also was included. I have a wall clock that’s beige, I have dining chairs that are also beige, and my flooring is also this beige/ sandy color. The last neutral I chose was soft grey, and the reason for choosing this is I do have quite a bit of marble in my kitchen, and I wanted to tie in the grey with that, and my younger cat Caiyo is also grey, so I wanted to include something from his style as well. Let’s move on to the accent colors. The number of colors you choose really depends on your style. If you’re more eclectic you can have a lot more colors, but I wanted to keep it to about two main colors and one color that I would occasionally use. So I ended up choosing blue, blue green and purple. I chose the blue and the blueish green because they’re both coastal and I really love these colors, and you’ll notice that I have a lot of these colors on the channel as well, and I chose purple because it’s feminine and I wanted little hints of feminine color throughout my condo. So I have some purple in my bathroom and I also have a little bit in my bedroom, not too much of it. As for the blues and greens I have quite a bit throughout the condo, for example, the wall art that I talked about earlier has a lot of blue. I also have a lot of blueish green as well. I have decor items that are blueish green and I also have cushions that have a little bit of that bluish green. Step number seven – figure out your metals, patterns and textures palette. So this is totally dependent on her style, you may not have a metals palette if you don’t really like metals, but because I have that touch of glam in my decor style I needed a metals palette. For my metals palette I ended up choosing silver and muted gold. I chose silver because it goes well with the soft grey that I have in my neutral, and I chose muted gold because it adds that touch of glam without being overly blingy. So examples of silver in my home include picture frames, also decor items like this candle holder that I have on my TV stand. I really love it, it has a beachy look plus a little glam, and I have this interesting piece on my dining table. It’s supposed to be some sort of a fruit bowl but I don’t put fruit in it. It’s a little bit beachy because it reminds me of coral and it’s got a lot of texture, and it’s also silver, so it’s a unique piece that goes with my style. As for muted gold I have muted gold frames, picture frames, and I also spray-painted some of the knobs on my dressers this champagne gold color. So I have this dresser from Ikea, it’s called the Hemnes dresser, and it’s really, really popular, but it comes with black knobs and black doesn’t go with my style. So I ended up spray-painting them champagne gold. So you can always take furniture pieces and personalize them to your personal decor style. For the patterns palette it will depend on whether or not you like patterns. I’m not big on patterns, I do like to wear stripes, but I didn’t want stripes in my home. Sometimes you can wear things but you don’t want to live around them, so it really depends. But I do have very soft patterns in certain items. So for example my cushion covers on my couch do have a pattern, it’s somewhat reminiscent of waves, so it kind of ties into that coastal element, and is the right color, and it actually has a touch of glam. So it really fits in perfectly with my decor. Now I do have a textures palette, I think a textures palette is important, this will help you figure out whether or not you want couches that are made of leather or faux leather, or if you want something that’s cloth and whether the cloth is rough or textured or not. So it’s important to have a textures palette. The textures I chose were cloth, seagrass and faux fur, and there’s a reason behind choosing all of this. The cloth goes with the minimal look, the seagrass goes with the beachy coastal look, and the faux fur goes with glass. So there was a reason to pick all these textures. Number eight – put it all together and go shopping. This is the fun step! So you’ve done all of this prep work, you figured out what you like, what you don’t like. Now it’s time to go shopping! I would suggest when you go shopping, take two things with you – take your Pinterest style board, the pared down version, and the second thing is make a design cheat sheet. This design cheat sheet should have your decor style on it – your colors palette, your metals palette, textures palette, and any miscellaneous notes. By having these two items when you go shopping, it becomes so much easier to pick and choose what you need, because you’ll no longer be in this confusion state where you’re like I don’t know if this is good for me or not, I don’t know if this is my decor style. You will know because you have a clear vision. Anyway I hope you enjoyed this video and you learned something new, and I hope that this process helps you figure out your decor style. It may seem like a long process but it’s a fun process. Before you leave let me know in the comments below what your decor style is if you decide to do the quiz. Give this video a thumbs up, and don’t forget to subscribe in case you haven’t done so already. I will see you soon. Bye!

100 thoughts on “HOW TO FIND YOUR HOME DECOR STYLE ๐Ÿก (step-by-step + mini interior decor tour)

  1. Information-packed video! Totally appreciate your idea of making content which is not just entertaining but also educating.๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

  2. Wow!!! You really did your homework. This could have been a 12 episode series. Great job. โค๏ธ your style and videos.

  3. Mine was rustic with a touch of classic, I thought that was pretty close. I like brown leather couches and a soft, warm feel โ˜บ๏ธ

  4. J'apprรฉcie cette vidรฉo. Je vous en remercie. Dรฉsolรฉe d'รฉcrire en Franรงais, j'ai peur de commettre certaines erreurs.

  5. This video has been so helpful and I love seeing your kitties! ๐Ÿ˜ป My quiz result was Bohemian with a touch of eclectic — very fitting for me!

  6. This is going to be a big help to me when I go shopping this weekend. Worth the wait. Thanks so much and great job

  7. Scandinavian and minimal! Thank you! Just moved and have been trying to decorate minimally but also create a really cohesive look! New place has green walls and last place had white which changes things up a bit! Luckily I started off with a minimal neutral palette so everything almost fits but these tips are great for finding the perfect decorating pieces to tie everything together like pillows ๐Ÿ˜Š

  8. Very helpful thanks๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

  9. Your process is very thorough! Right now, I'm trying to pare down my belongings and create a more manageable environment. I figure when I have divested myself of all the STUFF that has accumulated in my space and life over my 35 years in this house, then I can think more clearly. When I'm ready, I'm sure your plan is going to work great for me. All I know right now is that my style will have NOTHING to do with dusting…anything…ever. ๐Ÿค“

  10. Mine was rustic with a touch of eclectic. My living room is different than my bedroom. Living room is more rustic. Natural browns, with pretty creamy walls. My bedroom has the blues and water hues . Keeps me calm. I like pops of color in my house though. Tablecloths from India with color and good colors.

  11. Your video was so helpful, Ria! Iโ€™ve been putting off decorating my apartment for years b/c it was too overwhelming for me. I like too many styles, but after hearing your tips, I see how I can hone it in. I have to do more research, tho, off the bat, I think I can say Iโ€™m going to aim for minimalistic, luxe, & modern design in a neutral palate with mostly organic materials. Thanks for making this video!!! Youโ€™re really great at giving clear & concise instructions. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’œ

  12. Ria are you encouraging shopping?? Just kidding my style is very similar to yours with regards to color, texture and glam. Unfortunately there is nothing minimalistic about my home sometimes I wish there were but currently not so much. I'm telling that cat on his back is without a doubt the cutest most unusual thing I have ever seen!! (Can't ever figure out how to spell his name).

  13. Watched your video once and then went back through it step by step. My style is traditional with farmhouse & coastal. I can see it now in my house & the things I have. I always wondered what my style was, found it so confusing to pick just one. This makes so much sense. Thanks Ria!! Btw – love those cats! I have a rag doll as well and tell him all the time that he's the most beautiful cat in the world…but he already knew that ๐Ÿ˜Š

  14. Omg my two cats match my decor too, grey and white to match marble. And dark brown and black to match my furniture ๐Ÿ˜‚ perfect!

  15. I learned again from you thank you Ria. I love your style its clean and refreshing. Plus i am a dog lover but I adore your cats they were classy, adorable and pretty.

  16. Liked video! โœจโœจ
    If I may add something:
    Before shopping "shop" trough your belongings! This can help you declutter everything that's not your style and keep everything that is, jet for free!

  17. Hey Ria I love what you say in the beginning why not a home-tour because you want to keep the channel educational. Youโ€˜re one of my all time favorite yt-bers exactly because of this: with growing followernumber you donโ€™t trap into making a channel about yourself! Youโ€™re so down to earth and with youโ€™re wise, calm and kind being a real role model! โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป keep up the good work!

  18. Hi Ria, mine is Transitional with a touch of Eclectic,and Loved the video it shows you have put your time in to it.

  19. Ria thanks for this information and I will try to follow the steps and do my home interiors and I must say your style and interior decoration of your home is pretty good and loved your cats posing too.

  20. Very informative, mine is Contemporary with the touch of Glam, but I am not glamour at all. What is your suggestion? Should I redo the test? PS: Your cat is very cute.

  21. That was really interesting and informative, thank you for putting it together. My style came out as Bohemian with a tough of Eclectic. I like strong colour and a lot of texture. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  22. Thanks for the great sharing, I did grab a tea!!๐Ÿ˜‰ I found my style was rustic farmhouse and it's pretty close to what I like and we do live in the country! I did complete a home decorating course and you covered the subject well, way to go!! Keep up the great videos!!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Žโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒผ

  23. Loved this video. Beautiful. Thank you soooo much. Worth the wait.

    How did you spray paint the knobs? Any tricks, guidance please?

  24. Thank you for that very informativ video. We just moved and I am going to try that out. My results are: Contemporary with a touch of Industrial

  25. This was brilliant!
    Loved how you explained each process, it was very helpful and made so much sense.
    For me, I've always liked a simple, classic style of decor.
    Btw, I think your home and cats are just beautiful : )

  26. I have farmhouses with a touch of minimal which makes sense because I donโ€™t want to own a lot and have a lot of stuff to display, I also want it to have some warmth and looks like an actual person lives here . The main colours of my bedroom are white and blue as I love blue; my bed is white With a beige wardrobe because do is the floor but your video is very detailed with lots of cats!! Hehe well done ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  27. So systematic..I am so impressed..

    Can you please do something on how you go about planning and preparation for your videos..if you feel comfortable sharing..

  28. I NEEDED this video, it was so well-said!! Good job!! Can't recommend this video enough, its just super nice and well thought out.

  29. This was so helpful! I actually finally figured out what my style is and now I am on to redecorating my living room. ๐Ÿ™‚ The test I did told me my style was glam with transitional, but after doing research on the styles you mention below, I realized I am totally eclectic (which is kind of close to transitional I guess). So it's glam and eclectic for me and I am so excited to finally know what I had liked all this time! Thank you!

  30. This was a great and informative video! I really enjoyed it. My style has changed over the years and I'm definitely more drawn to farmhouse and rustic, which is what I got! I've started my Pinterest board already, but I love the idea of narrowing it down. I'm going to work on this! Thank you. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  31. I am just now commenting, but have watched this video right away. This information is so useful! Wow! And your decor really shows this so well! I love how you included your cats in your video ๐Ÿ˜

  32. I love Scandinavian, pine furniture, soft beige, rectangles, floral patterns, turquoise/aqua, scarlet and orange, brushed pewter. I love a few plants. I have a collage picture frame with very old family photos, I also have frames with publisher catalogue covers — they're beautiful.

  33. I love this video! I'm just rearanging my apartment and your vid was very useful for me. Thanks very much for your great job ๐Ÿ’ž you have one new sub ๐Ÿ˜˜

  34. I've been avoiding this video for a while because I thought I wouldn't like it. But I did! My biggest problem with decor style is that I like every decor style. ๐Ÿ˜‹ For example bedroom looks like a king could sleep in it, and my kitchen (without realizing it or aiming for it) looks decidedly asian themed. Then I have a beachy bathroom and one floral bathroom. Not much except the bedroom fit my current style. I've never thought about sitting down and actually thinking about my style in these kinds of ways that you present in the video. One thing I have a question about is should a home have the same kind of look throughout? I don't think I could do that. I like your style for an office, but love my regal bedroom. Idk. Liking ever can really be surprisingly problematic.

  35. Hello Ria … newbie to your channel and Iโ€™m loving it. I ADORE and LOVE Cats Iโ€™m in heaven watching your kitties theyโ€™re so beautiful and cuddly! How did you adopt them .. did you seek out a breeder?

    This is fantastic video on creating ones own style .. very helpful, thank you! ๐Ÿ’œ I have subscribed.

  36. Loved the way you have explained the entire video…informative and acts as a starting point …requesting you for a home tour …

  37. I got bohemian with a touch of industrial. Very fitting. I like natural things, that are a bit raw like my sheeps skin, table lamp with oversized lightbulb, photos of red algae and rocks on the wall.. Ill dive into this further to explore more about my style. Thank you for the help ๐Ÿ˜€

  38. I have watched and rewatched this video! It is very helpful. I have shared it because I think it simplifies finding my style and staying focused to get the neat look I want.

  39. Really an excellent video this is the first time ever I knew that there is decor quiz , you put great efforts into this video thank you ๐ŸŒน

  40. I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much Ria for actually guiding through selecting a decor style scientifically instead of just walk us around the place – really helpful for someone just started decorating/furnishing and save $$ be you would not end up buying thing impulsively!

  41. I feel I enjoy the same style as you. I dream to go to Santorini some day and be surrounded by the white walls. I love beachy style and very minimal. Clutter gives me anxiety.

  42. Wow Ria – This. Idea is so timely!! We are building a new home and I have to design and decorate it all!! This is an overwhelming process and I have not known quite where to start!
    And just like that you have shown me!! I have also been to all the places you have and adored them all! Plus my childhood holidays were spent at a little fishing town with really rugged coastline and beautiful colours of the sea. It was so helpful to hear your interpretation of a โ€œcoastalโ€ style. I agree that for me it is about the coastal colours rather than shells and starfish type of interpretation of coastal.
    It so helped me to hear you discuss having a main style with the overlay of other styles – I love light filled rooms with access to fresh air – but I also like a touch of glam. I agree also that I love colour – that is the thing I find hardest to pare down as I am drawn to LOTS of colours. – how to choose !!!
    So thank you Ria – you have been a great starting out point and I am really excited to progress my style!!! Lots of love from Deb in Australia

  43. Thank you for all your great videos. You have been an inspiration. I took the test and mines came in at glam with preppy

  44. This is such good advice! Not just about identifying your interior design style, but how to make it super unique and personal to you.

    I think that a lot of people make their homes look generic pinterest-y, but they all look the same. I think people get too caught up in the idea of making their home look good, but forget that it needs to feel like THEIR home.

    I really like the idea of someone entering your home and not only finding it beautiful, but really feeling your story in it. Love hearing your rationale behind all of your choices.

  45. The quiz said i am scandanavian with a touch of bohemian.
    Thats pretty on point. I love the idea of minimal color palettes but I own so many things that are teal and I love mustard yellow!!
    My color palette is white, light and dark grey, teal, and yellow. I also have some shelves on my gallery wall that have quirky decorations. Totally makes sense!! Loved the video

  46. I love your cats! my cat died a year ago ๐Ÿ™ i miss him. I am trying to figure out a design for my 2.5 year old room and this helped a lot ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you! the pinterest board is helpful… im going for white, turquoise, peach and hot pink with a little gold.

  47. I keep rewatching this video! I recently got rid of ALL my home stuff and moved to a different state. I will be choosing all my new apartment decor and furniture from a blank slate, so I've been doing a lot of thinking about my personal style and having a more mature almost-30-year-old space. This video is SO helpful.

  48. Wow this video really helped me now I can produce a clear plan of my decor style instead of it been all over the place. Thank you Ria for another great video I love watching them all and I love your cats they are adorable. Take care Gina

  49. Hi Ria! Finally, I get the chance to start decor a new home from scratch so I came back to this video. it helped me so much in figuring out my own style. I did the decor test but it did not really match my taste because I actually did not like most of the pics on their website. But using your Pinterest method I realized I liked something that's not on the list. Now I came to see my style is mid-century modern+MUJI+Scandinavian, and my go-to colors turn out to be white, pink, and wood. I am amazed by how you guide me through this process and I end up with a cheat sheet that I can simply take with me to stores! Thank you so much and I hope you are having a good life <3 <3

  50. Your cats are gorgeous! Thanks for this informative video. Now I have a project to do on this rainy day!

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