Many people get confused about what style they like best. They are conflicted because they like a variety of looks and can't seem to pinpoint the one that they want to commit to. Because of that, it is common for homeowners to feel like their homes don't look finished or pulled together and it's frustrating. The beauty of design is that it's ok if it incorporates a mix of styles. Homes that aren't cookie-cutter or too "model-home ish" are comfortable and unique. A home that's too perfect doesn't feel like a home. And when your home has it's own special mix of styles, you know there's no other home quite like it. Homes should also be a reflection of people who live in them. It's not a design faux paux to have a home that reflects your personal taste, no matter what the design magazines say. If you love it, that's all that matters. You live in it! Styles and tastes can bed edited, or refined, though, so don't think we're just saying that it's ok to put whatever wherever.
However, we think that the best place to start when trying to pinpoint your home's style direction is by asking yourself how you want your home to feel. Feelings can be different from person to person but this simple question gives you a very clear starting point. If you want your home to feel comfortable and cozy, you probably won't decorate with super modern furniture that has hard lines and is somewhat sterile feeling, even if you love that look in a magazine.
Aside from how you want your home to feel to you, there's also the question of how you want others to feel in your home. Some people are super concerned about their guests being relaxed in their homes. They might have house guests a lot and accessibility and comfort are the most important things to them. While others might entertain a lot and while they want their home to look and feel finished, flow and ease of passage throughout the common areas is super important to them.
A lot of times, the way you desire your home to feel will affect color choices as well. If you want it to feel cozy, you may go with warmer color choices. Whereas, if you want it to feel breezy and open, you may select brighter whites and cool color choices.
Oftentimes, the way people determine that they want their home to "feel" is an immediate reflection of their general style so once they determine their home's feeling, taking the style direction que while also incorporating their own personal likes is much easier and comes more naturally.
We think the most important thing is that you love your home, though! A home is a monetary investment and a time investment but it also plays a large part in whatever journey you are on. Once you are happy with the way your home looks and feel relaxed in it, it can quickly become your retreat from the world...which is something we think everyone needs! So don't neglect it or yourself!