The Adjectives You Choose Determine Your Decorating Group

Posted by: Gail VanKleeck  |  Date: 02/17/2014

The Adjectives You Choose Determine Your Decorating Group

Having limitless options for fabrics, furniture and all the other decorative elements can give you a wonderful spectrum of beautiful items from which to choose.  Sometimes, however, trying to choose from an unlimited selection can feel more confusing than helpful.

A few years before I began my decorating career, a book called Color Me Beautiful introduced a timeless, empowering, revolutionary concept for helping its readers choose the clothing colors in which they would look and feel their best.  By teaching them to put themselves into one of its four, season-related groups, Color Me Beautiful simplified their choices, gave them greater confidence and completely changed the way they thought about the relationship between their clothing colors and their self-esteem.

The moment I started reading Color Me Beautiful, I felt something in my spirit shift.  My closet was filled with clothing I’d liked when I saw it in the store that didn’t feel quite as wonderful once I’d brought it home.  I was embarrassed by my inability to make good clothing decisions, angry at myself for not spending wisely and often disappointed by the way I looked. 

As soon as I put myself into this seemingly magical book’s Summer Group, I began to feel more consistently happy with my clothing color choices.  Rather than simply stumbling upon rose, blue and water-colored clothing, I began looking for those colors when I shopped. I learned to avoided yellows and oranges, which are wonderful for people in the Spring and Autumn Group, and stopped wearing black colored clothing close to my face. Over time, the contents of my closet evolved into such a harmonious collection of related shades that coordinating my wardrobe became easier and also lots more fun.

Now The Magical Interior Design Guide offers people who care about their homes and the lives they live within them a similar and yet much simpler solution for making their decorating decisions.

If you haven’t already done so, go to Step One in the Magical Interior Design Guide and choose the seven adjectives that best describe the way you would like your home to feel. 

The DECORATING GROUP to which you belong is based on the adjectives you have chosen.

Learning how to put yourself into one of the Magical Interior Design Guide’s DECORATING GROUPS can simplify your choices, give you greater confidence, guide you in avoiding decorating mistakes and make creating a comfortable, welcoming home much simpler and lots more fun.

If you have chosen a majority of odd-numbered adjectives from the list in Step One, you belong to the PEACEFUL DECORATING GROUP.  If you have chosen a majority of even-numbered adjectives from that list, you belong to the EXCITING DECORATING GROUP.

Don’t be concerned if some of the adjectives you’ve chosen are not in your group.  Later on you’ll learn to use the words you’ve chosen from the opposite group to make your home feel more interesting and personal.

In the beginning, placing yourself in the DECORATING GROUP in which you have the majority of you adjectives will simplify your choices and give you a firmer foundation for making design decisions. Although you can read a more detailed description about each group in Step One of The Magical Interior Design Guide, these brief descriptions will help you get started.

THE PEACEFUL DECORATING GROUP

While the people in this group like both light and dark shades of color, they are usually drawn to the more muted tones.

The people who belong to the Peaceful Decorating Group are more comfortable and happy with somewhat muted shades of color.

The people who belong to the Peaceful Decorating Group are more comfortable and happy with somewhat muted shades of color.

The single word that best describes these people is flow.  They feel more comfortable when there is a visible sense of connection between the design elements in their home. PEACEFUL DECORATING GROUP people feel happier with a narrower range of color and tend to choose several shades of one color or tones of color that are similar to one another. When they are looking for furniture, they would be willing to give up a little style for comfort.  They also tend to be collectors.

THE EXCITING DECORATING GROUP

While the people in this group like both light and dark shades of color, they are usually drawn to brighter, more vibrant tones. 

The people who belong to the Exciting Decorating Group are more comfortable and happy with somewhat brighter shades of color.

The people who belong to the Exciting Decorating Group are more comfortable and happy with somewhat brighter shades of color.

The single word that best describes them is contrast. Although they too like a sense of connection, they are more comfortable when parts of their home stand out and feel more attention-getting than the rest. EXCITING GROUP PEOPLE are happier with a wider range of more diverse colors.  When they are choosing furniture, they are willing to give up a little comfort for style.  They tend to be more comfortable in a home that feels windswept and uncluttered.

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