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What's Your Interior Style Personality? Take the ultimate quiz!

What's Your Interior Style Personality? Take the ultimate quiz!

What's your Interior Style Personality? It's a question I posed on my Instagram a few months back and something I've been thinking about a lot ever since. The glorious hub that is Pinterest means that we have millions of inspirational interiors images at our fingertips at the click of a button. Which is brilliant. But it can also be a bit overwhelming. We recently had to stage a Pinterest intervention for a friend who is renovating her house. She had fallen head first into a Pinterest hole so deep that her mind had become muddled and befuddled by TOO. MUCH. CHOICE and she was questioning everything she knew about her own personal style. But after forcing herself to step away from the laptop and take a couple of days to process all the things in her head. Et voila, she was back on track and her renovation plans are back on track.

It happens to us all from time to time. I like to think I have a strong sense of my own style but in this line of work, you see so many lovely things and rooms, and it's easy to feel pulled in different directions. The trick is to stick to what makes your heart skip a beat. I can appreciate and enjoy other people's super minimal, unfussy spaces on Instagram but I know 100% that is not for me. Ditto for woven wall hangings and macrame. They have no place in my home, no matter how trendy they might be.

 A beautiful wallhanging by  Lauren Williams . It's gorgeous but not for me.

A beautiful wallhanging by Lauren Williams. It's gorgeous but not for me.

It's also true that your interiors style evolves. The look that first got me falling head over heels into interiors was Hollywood Regency. I loved the all out, unashamed glamour of it all and the fearless use of colour. It's the seed that started Gold is a Neutral. It's also the reason I have some quite snazzy gold Jonathan Adler wallpaper in my living room. More recently I've felt myself shifting away from that in favour of something a bit more low key. I still love it, but it's not as obvious in my home anymore. But there will always be a thread of that Hollywood glamour running through my Style DNA, whether it's a sputnik light; or my new bathroom, where the glitz and glamour is out in full force. And you never know, perhaps in a few years time, one of Lauren's pieces will find its way onto my walls.

So all that being said, I thought it would be fun to design a fun quiz to help you identify your own Interiors Style Personality. (Side note: It's ok to have a mix, scroll to the bottom to find out mine)

Q1 What's the most used material in your home...

A) Sheepskins

B) Teak

C) Marble...and gold

D) Linen

E) Does the exposed brick count as a material?

 The Homeplace holiday let in Ramsgate. 

The Homeplace holiday let in Ramsgate. 

Q3 Your favourite colour is...

A) Black, or if I'm in the mood for something bright and breezy it's Off Black

B) Farrow & Ball's Green Smoke or Hague Blue

C) Gold

D) None, but if I must declare a favourite I'll go with pale grey. 

E) Brown. Brown brick, brown leather, brown wood...you get the picture.

Q3 Your favourite interiors treasure trove...

A) Rockett St George It's literally like treasure hunting!

B) Homeplace They find the best stuff! 

C) West Elm. I'll take all of it...twice.

D) Ikea, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven when they announced their collab with Hay. 

E) My local salvage yard, I'm on first name terms with Steve and Dave. 

 Actress Mandy Moore's living designed by Sarah Sherman Samuel - Image credit Architectural Digest

Actress Mandy Moore's living designed by Sarah Sherman Samuel - Image credit Architectural Digest

Q4  You worship at the temple of....

A)  Abigail Ahern 

B)  Charles and Ray Eames and Emily Henderson

C) Queen Kelly Wearstler...although lately it's been all about Sarah Sherman Samuel. 

D) Mies Van Der Rohe...and Marie Kondo (author of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying) 

E) Ilse Crawford

 A Kelly Wearstler designed scheme

A Kelly Wearstler designed scheme

Q5  Favourite Interiors person on Insta...

A) Cowboy Kate

B) Lisa Dawson

C) French for Pineapple

D) Cate St Hill

E) Hygge for Home

 Cate St Hill's calming kitchen - Image credit Cate St Hill

Cate St Hill's calming kitchen - Image credit Cate St Hill

Q6  Favourite flowers...

A) A cactus

B) Tulips

C) Peonies 

D) Anything white

E) Eucalyptus

 The lobby at the Jonathan Adler designed Parker Palm Springs hotel

The lobby at the Jonathan Adler designed Parker Palm Springs hotel

Q7  Where in the world would you most like to live?

A) El Fenn in Marrakech

B) The Parker Palm Springs hotel please.

C) Mandy Moore's house please. I'll just take one of the bathrooms if she's not keen on budging.

D) Hotel SP34 in Copenhagen

E) A log cabin in the Nordic wilderness

 Abigail Ahern's sitting room - Image credit Abigail Ahern

Abigail Ahern's sitting room - Image credit Abigail Ahern

Q8  What do you hang on your walls?

A) A zebra head (not a real one!)

B) Vintage oil paintings picked up in charity shops and markets

C) The biggest mirror I can find

D) An Alexa Coe nude 

E) Shelves made from reclaimed scaffold boards

 Bianca's of French for Pineapple's beautiful new dining room - Image credit French for Pineapple

Bianca's of French for Pineapple's beautiful new dining room - Image credit French for Pineapple

Q9  The one thing every home must have?

A) A Beni Ourain rug...and plants, lots of plants

B) A G Plan sideboard

C) A drinks trolley...martini anyone?

D) The less things the better 

E) A wood pile

 Vintage Hans Agne Jakobbson fringed pendant of pure joy

Vintage Hans Agne Jakobbson fringed pendant of pure joy

Q10  Bucket list item?

A) A vintage French crystal chandelier 

B) Original Hans Agne Jakobsson fringe pendant

C) Ligne Roset Togo aka sofa of dreams  

D) A full set of Hans Wegner Wishbone chairs. Perfect design.

E) A Swedish hot tub

Tot them all up and what did you get? 

Mostly A's - Boho Eclectic. You're drawn to the drama. Dark walls and lush layered textures in a sumptuous setting. More is definitely more.

Mostly B's - Mid-Century Modern. You know your Eames from your Saarinen and you can often be found scouring Ebay for new pieces. You're not afraid of colour and see yourself as a bit of a collector. 

Mostly C's - Modern Luxe. You're all about the glamour. You're comfortable with colour as long as it's paired with brass and marble. Because gold IS a neutral! Practical is not really in your vocabulary when it comes to your home and you think Hygge is a town in Denmark. 

Mostly D's - Minimalist. No, you cannot leave that rainbow cup there! Clutter puts you on edge....and don't even get you started on the #instasham movement, "What on earth are these people talking about? My house always looks this tidy!" You favour clean lines and zen-like calm in your home.

Mostly E's - Scandi-Rustic. You are so glad that Summer is coming to an end. Autumn and Winter is when you come into your own with candles, log fires and cuddles in chunky knit blankets. Bliss!

How did you do? I'd love to hear in the comments below. If you're interested, I'm a mix of Mid Century Modern and Modern Luxe. I'd basically sell an organ for even a teensy bit of Sarah Sherman Samuel's talent (who I'd argue, is also a mix of those two).

The thing is, no matter where you fall in the style stakes, the most important thing of all, is that YOU love your home. One person's tat is another's treasure, after all.

Thanks for taking part, hope you enjoyed it! If you enjoyed this post and the rest of the blog in general I would be so grateful if you could vote for me in the Best Written Blog Category at the Amara Interior Blogging Awards. Just click HERE and it's super, super quick! Thank you so much xxx

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