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Defining Your Design Style (3 Simple Steps)

defining your design style - dining room in soft neutrals

Have you ever struggled to really define your design style? And when someone asks you to put a label on it like Traditional, Modern, etc., you’re like “Uh. Well… Ummmm…”

Narrowing your design style down to a one or two-word descriptor can be difficult. And even if you can, those labels might lead in a certain direction, but still don’t give the full picture.

Here are 3 simple steps to more firmly define your design style, AND have an easy way to share it.

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Sliding Barn Doors – Still Trending!

You don't always need to use two sliding barn doors - love this one!Jyland Construction, Wayzata MN – Artisan Tour | Photo: Schneidermans

When it comes to ways to add a design “moment” to the architecture of a space, sliding barn doors have to be one of my current favorites.

They’ve been big for some time now and, from what I keep seeing, will continue to be.  They’re everywhere – homes, design blogs, social media, this year’s recent Artisan Home Tour, and now in furniture design.   We all seem to be more than happy to keep the trend alive.

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Black Walls – 8 Ways to Make Them Work For You

DIY Black and White Kitchen with Butcher Block and Open Shelves
We Are The Brauns

I’ve had this post in draft form for quite a while now wondering – would black walls still be sticking around?  Do we really like them, or are there just a few infatuated designers using them?

Here are my conclusions (would love to hear yours in the comments).

  • Yes, they still seem to be more than a passing fancy.
  • No, they’re not for everyone.
  • Painting a wall or a room black may not be as drastic a step as you think.  After all, it’s paint – one of the easiest things to change in a room.

If you’re debating about whether or not to try black walls, here’s some inspiration and ways to make them work:

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