One Simple Way to Start Decorating

Take a look at this photo. What do you see?

On a recent trip to Disney World's Animal Kingdom, I found these beautiful banners hanging in a temple on the Maharajah Jungle Trek.

On a recent trip to Disney World's Animal Kingdom, I found these beautiful banners hanging in a temple on the Maharajah Jungle Trek.

Now, ask yourself, what did I feel, looking at that photo? Take, like, one full minute to think about it. Just humor me!

You felt something, right? When I saw these banners in real life, I felt a sense of fun, lightheartedness, and adventure. Okay, maybe that's because I was in Disney World. But even now, they remind me of summer, and I feel relaxed, thinking about lemon-y smelling sheets blowing in the wind and maybe the smell of fresh cut grass.

My point is that decor invokes emotions, and the experience is different for everyone.  Even the simplest, most minimal design invokes emotion. Some people feel comforted by the clean lines and lack of objects. Others might feel emptiness and lack of warmth. 

How Does This Help Me With My Decor Goals?

Whatever your decorating goals are, it's really, really important to consider how a design will affect your emotions. If you ever struggle to begin decorating for yourself, think about how you want your space to make you feel. Often, once you figure that out, you can easily pick items that reflect that feeling. But remember, you should pick things that create the desired feeling for you.

Oh, feelings schmeelings. I don't want to deal with feelings, you say. I know. I promise, you don't need to get a counselor for this.

Try This:

Gather together some things you love. Pictures of places, objects, or decor schemes. Favorite fabric prints, stationary, calendar photos...really, anything that makes you say oh my gosh, this is beautiful/awesome/amazing. Also, consider a favorite scent. Mine's lilac.

Now, put them all together somewhere and study them. Like this:

Everything from shoes to drawer pulls, here!

Everything from shoes to drawer pulls, here!

Is there a common feeling you get from the things in your pile? Maybe it's a couple of feelings. Even better! Write 'em down somewhere. Keep your pile of photos or things for more inspiration. Now you've got a great starting place for your decor goals. And, congratulations. You've just made your first mood board...or pile. Good job!

That wasn't too hard, right?

Tell Me All About It!

Thanks for reading, friends! As always, I'd love to hear from you in the comments section! Or shoot me a note on my contact page, whichever makes you feel happier. Tell me, what do you think about using emotions in decorating? If you've already tried it, was it easy or hard for you?

xoCarole