The end of winter always makes me feel invigorated and motivated to accomplish those “to-do” tasks that have been hanging around for way. too. long.
One thing that’s been gnawing at me for years is the giant empty wall in my living room. Yes, I said years… shame on me! It’s a task I procrastinated on because I wanted it to be *perfect*. I mean… art can be a big investment, right? So it’s important to make decor choices that we’ll be happy with for years to come, just like building a solid foundation for a perfect wardrobe.
So, in partnership with Minted I decided to re-work my capsule wardrobe series and make it work for home decor… and of course share it with all of you! It was actually miraculous timing that Minted reached out to me to collaborate, because I had been planning on buying art from them anyways. All of my wedding invitations & stationery came from them (years before I was a blogger) and I genuinely drool over everything on their site.
Just like building a capsule wardrobe, you’ll want to choose art to suit your style & personality. The key difference when it comes to choosing art is that you’re dressing your home rather than your body… aaaaand you may have to consider the preferences of your partner when decorating (I have some tips on how to handle that too).
Pull out a pen & paper and let’s get started! Your first step in this exercise is to define your art style.
Thinking in abstract terms… Choose 3 to 5 descriptive mood words that represent how you want your home to feel. If you’re choosing art for a specific room, think of that room when choosing your mood words. Dig deep for something unique to you! These mood words are major clues into the core essence of your style.
For my moods I wrote: calming, elegant, eclectic.
I chose those mood words knowing that I wanted my living space to be a relaxing retreat, yet just quirky enough to avoid looking perfect or overly styled.
Now thinking specifically about design, interiors, even fashion… write down what you like. What items or design details consistently draw you in? An element you need to incorporate into this room? Your favorite color?
For my likes I wrote: nature, colors, versatile, blue, watercolor.
I love art & design related to nature & animals so that was an easy like for me. I also wanted to force myself to incorporate color into my neutral living space, and choose art that would be versatile enough to add to or rearrange later.
Now what do you dislike? Think of past decorating mistakes you want to avoid (even if you like the style in theory). Believe it or not, writing it down will help cement your feelings and keep you on the right track to buying only what you love.
For my dislikes I wrote: matchy, symmetrical.
Notice a theme with mine? I have a lot of rectangular shapes in my living space and I wanted to keep an organic flow to balance that out and keep the eye moving.
Stay tuned for part 2 where I’ll help you choose your exact art pieces using what you discovered about your mood, likes, & dislikes!
*I was lucky enough to be gifted art by Minted as a collaboration on this post series. As always, all thoughts & opinions are my own!