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Pick a home style that matches you

The first step in decorating your home is picking your style, and choosing the theme that fits you might be a little tougher than you think. Houzz writer Erika Ward is an interior designer, and she runs into trouble when she asks clients what their style is.

"Most clients identify a particular style as their favorite, but their current interior says otherwise," Ward wrote. "Others give me a puzzled look and return the question to me."

Whether you're certain a style matches you well or you're still searching for the perfect look, there are a few things you can do to help pick what suits you best.

Work with what you've got
What do you surround yourself with? What pieces of furniture do you take a particular liking to? What did you see while you were out shopping and needed to bring home with you? These are good indicators of what style matches you. Do you love antiques? Then you may prefer a Colonial interior design. Focus on the natural authenticity of your home. Classical furniture and antique decorations suit your taste. Try pairing your crystal doorknobs with vintage brass switch plates to really evoke the time-honored charm of your home.

Match your personality
The best way to stay satisfied with the theme of your home is to match your personality. If you're the nostalgic type and you can't stand clean edges and smooth, metallic surfaces, decorating in the modern style may not be the best choice. Find a design that you feel genuinely represents you. If you live for functionalism over delicate, artsy decor and the simplicity of raw steel and wood fits your liking, an industrial style may suit you best. Fill your space with the most basic, sturdy and simple furniture you can. Use hand forged switch plates to blend every detail of your space into the industrial theme.

Match where you are
If you're still at a loss for ideas, start with where your home is located. Loft apartments and homes within cities do well to match their location. Focusing on an industrial, modern or even shabby chic theme to match your cityscape shows your interior design expertise. At the same time, homes near beaches can take advantage of coastal themes. Whites and deep blues embody elements of the ocean. Use a decorative switch plate to follow your beach theme. Go nautical by using sailing knickknacks like oars to decorate. 

Whatever you want your home to look like, make sure the style is one you'll be satisfied with for a long time. The last thing you want to do is painstakingly decorate your space just to find that the style you picked was a passing trend.

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