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July 29, 2011 > Real Rooms For Real People

Real Rooms For Real People

What is your Decorating Style?

Do you know what your decorating style is? Take this quiz to help you find out.

1. Your favorite kind of party is:
a. Backyard BBQ
b. Tapas and cocktails
c. Elegant dinner party

2. Which type of chair suits you best?
a. Overstuffed chair with lots of pillows
b. Leather chair with clean lines
c. Upholstered chair with carved wood frame

3. Which piece of art would you have in your living room?
a. Watercolor paintings of flowers or landscapes
b. Abstract painting
c. Oil painting of seascape or still life

4. Your dream master bedroom would have:
a. Set of old shutters or a door for a headboard
b. Sleek, metal headboard
c. A wooden 4-poster bed

5. Your bedding would be a:
a. Handmade quilt
b. Duvet cover with down insert
c. Bedspread with matching shams and dust ruffle

6. Your living room lamp would be:
a. Made from a found object like a ginger jar or birdcage
b. An iron floor lamp with a copper shade
c. Made of cut crystal with a white fabric shade

7. Your area rug would be a:
a. Colorful braided rug
b. Shaggy solid color rug
c. Heavily patterned Oriental rug

8. For window treatments, you like:
a. Tab-top curtains on a wooden rod
b. Wood blinds
c. Swags and cascades

9. To Accessorize, you like:
a. Lots of knick knacks and collectibles
b. Minimal accessories, such as 1 or 2 ceramic vases
c. Crystal candlesticks and delicate Lladro figurines

10. Wood finishes you prefer:
a. Distressed or painted surfaces
b. Natural or clear coat finishes
c. Mahogany or other dark finishes

Count and write down your A's B's & C's.

If you answered mostly A's, you are Casual. You might like Country or Cottage style, with slipcovered sofas and lots of personal accessories. You might like pine or oak furniture, which is hearty and conducive to your casual lifestyle. Caution: It is easy for this style to look cluttered and haphazard. Stick with "statement" furnishings or a theme, and keep your accessories under control.

If you answered mostly B's, you lean Contemporary. You like earthy elements such as natural woods and metals. You like minimal accessories. You like furniture with clean lines and little ornamentation. You probably like leather or suede furniture and dramatic colors. Caution: This style can look cold. Add softness and interest with textured fabrics, and contrast the sharp angles with a few curvy pieces.

If you answered most C's you are Traditional. You like classic furnishings such as Oriental rugs and wingback chairs. You like elegant accessories and artwork, and probably have a few antique pieces. You feel comfortable with formal, symmetrical room arrangements. Caution: This style is beautiful but can look like a museum. To counteract this, watch the furniture arrangement-throwing in a little bit of asymmetry can make the room feel more relaxed and welcoming.

If your answers were a mix of the three styles, you are Eclectic. You like to mix old with new, hard with soft, formal with informal. This style allows you to really show off all of your likes. Caution: Eclectic does not mean "Anything Goes." Use "statement" furnishings, use color to tie objects together, and edit your accessories.

Anna Jacoby of Anna Jacoby Interiors is a local Interior Designer. Send your design questions to her at Call or fax her at 510-490-0379 or visit

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