We’ve all been there. You’ve worked so hard finishing a space that you love and for a while, you do love it. Then suddenly or overtime you find that what you once loved so much now just feels tired or no longer feels right for you or your lifestyle. Or, you maybe jumped on a trend top to bottom only to realize after living with it that you simply don’t love it as much as you thought. Any of these things sound familiar?
It has happened to me too. When B and I first bought our current house, it was a blank slate and I was so excited about having this big, old colonial from the 1800s that I jumped on this very formal, traditional feel but it didn’t take long for us to realize that we are way too casual for so much formality and fuss and isn’t really our house either.
Later it was the farmhouse trend. I never fully bought into the all white and chippy paint, rustic wood, and all that went along with it because I like color, but it was such an easy look to achieve and felt much more in line with our lifestyle even if it wasn’t truly us.
Then when we bought the beach house during the pandemic, that project allowed me to see things in a different way. I didn’t feel the pressure for perfection there, it was just about having fun and doing what we loved. This really helped me see our home in a new light too.
If you saw my post from a couple weeks ago where I talked about how to know what trends to follow, then some of this may be familiar to you.
If you are finding that your tastes are changing or have changed, it’s completely normal. None of us stay exactly the same throughout our lives. We grow, get older, gain experiences, get exposed to new things, new ideas, etc. All of these things impact how we see the world, and our homes.
So, what do you do when your home décor tastes change?
Identify your style.
Many people find it easy to identify what they don’t like, but when they have to narrow down what they do like, they have more trouble. Create a Pinterest board and begin pinning spaces that you love. Do this over a few days or a week and then go back through your saved images and look for similarities. Is it a color? A piece of furniture? A mood? Then try to identify the style or styles that those similarities align with. You can also check out my Style Made Simple Series where I break down different decorating styles to make it easier to understand.
Go through your space (entire house, a room, etc.) and get a sense of your home decor based on what you still really love and what you want to remove or replace.
Build off of your always-loved pieces.
I talked about this here as well, but one thing that will update your space to fit your current tastes rather than feeling like you need to start from scratch is to build off of the pieces in your home that you love, regardless of your current tastes. These are your foundational pieces.
Take your time.
One thing I think we’ve gotten accustomed to in our current society is all these huge reveals after a complete room redo or renovation. This takes a ton of time and money and simply isn’t realistic for everyone, all the time. Not every space needs a complete gut job and rebuild. That doesn’t mean that you can’t or shouldn’t take on a big change to your home, it’s more about recognizing that you don’t always have to. Sometimes even small changes here and there can make a big impact on the look and feel of a space or your entire home.
The point to take away from today is that’s it’s normal for your tastes to change and evolve as you get older. It happens with your fashion and it will happen with your home. The key is to recognize the things that you love no matter what and build off of those with the things that you love now. Hopefully you’ve found something helpful to take away today.
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