The “Don’t Like” List

How do you begin a decorating project when you have no clue what it is you want? You start with what you know you “don’t” want. Sounds crazy right? This is one of our “delightfully human” traits – to be clear on what we don’t like before we can clarify what it is we do like.

Give yourself as much time as you need. It could be done in a day if you are only doing a small room or it might take up to a month to complete this process. There is no hurry. Going slow will allow you time to process all that you discover about yourself. Keep it fun!

The “Don’t Like” List:
Grab a pen and a sheet of paper; draw a line down the middle. (Or use your Personal Space Journal) Write in the left column “Don’t Like” and in the right column “Love.”

  1. Very quickly without much thought list off the top of your head furnishings you have seen and experienced that you really don’t like. Maybe there are colors that really turn you off, or perhaps a style that you just can’t stand.
  2. Once you have pulled up all you know for sure you don’t like/want, try imagining the opposite for each item you listed. This will give you a starting point of what you might like/want.
  3. Now that you have listed all that you had on your mind, you will want to delve deeper into what you do like.
  4. Google the items you are considering purchasing from this list of furnishings. Look over the photos and find items that you love. If you do see something that you really can’t stand and haven’t listed it already, jot it down. Knowing your “don’t like” list will help steer you toward finding what you love. Bookmark the pages of what you like or list the details so you can find it later when you are ready to shop.
  5. If you are on Pinterest you can even create “pin” boards to collect the pictures of what you like/love.
  • Flooring:
  • Carpet – Area Rugs
  • Floor Tile – Vinyl Flooring – Wood Flooring
  • Walls:
  • Paint Color – Wallpaper – Faux Painting – Wood Paneling – Chair Railing and Crown Molding
  • Lighting:
  • Floor lighting –
  • Table lamps – Track Lighting – Chandeliers
  • Furniture
  • Chairs – wood, metal, upholstered
  • Sofa – benches, wood framed, upholstered
  • Tables – end tables, coffee table, task tables, and dining room tables
  • Accessories – (this area is virtually unlimited so choose areas you are considering)
  • Silk Floral or Plant arrangements – candle holders, figurines, boxes, pillows, blankets, art, paintings, photography

Next you can Google styles and see if you find one that has most of what you want. Remember you don’t have to stick to any one style; in fact to mix styles in a clever, harmonious fashion is called “Eclectic” style. Other style include…
Country – Country French – Contemporary – Early American – Modern – Scandinavian – Mediterranean – Old World – Asian – Traditional – Retro …just to name a few.

The key here is to notice what appeals to you on the visual level. Next we’ll discover how comfortable these styles are to live with.

’till next time,
Your Personal Space Coach©

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