Finding Your Personal Aesthetic Through Decor

Finding your own aesthetic is a process, but we all want to be happy in our spaces.

“Something that is aesthetically pleasing is something that I would gravitate towards and would want to surround myself with because it gives me a peaceful and tranquil feeling within,” says professional organizer Nialya Suarez of Organized Simplicity.

Suarez, who helps her clients find their personal aesthetics, thinks people know more about their aesthetic taste than they realize. She says it’s just a matter of taking the time to focus on items that give you pleasure before building your own style.

“Pick one thing in whatever room you’re working in that makes you happy,” she says, explaining that item could be a piece of furniture, clothing or something in your kitchen. “We build your aesthetic from there.”

Work room by room to create a space that makes you happy. For example, in her modern kitchen, Suarez’s favorite item is a simple cutting board with clean lines. That was her inspiration for the light wood in her pantry and the complementary baskets. Those clean lines are featured throughout the space, including in her understated white dinner plates.

Getting inspired

How can you tell what type of style you have?

“Accents can make a room go from really drab to fantastic without spending a lot of money.”

Scroll through Pinterest, Suarez suggests, and look for items you love. Search for your dream living room or other space. What would it look like if budget wasn’t a concern?

“You tend to gravitate toward the same design regardless of budget, and from there you can really figure out what your aesthetic really is,” she says.

Creating your aesthetic

Everything in your home should make you happy, so sort your items and only keep things that fit your aesthetic.

“It’s a very freeing experience,” says Suarez, whose clients tell her they feel psychologically and physically lightened when they organize their homes and lives.

She advises cleaning and organizing your space regularly, noting the system only works if you work with it.

Invest in quality items — especially furniture — that will last a long time.

The exception? Fashionable and affordable accessories that can dress a space.

“Even on a budget, get some nice accents,” says Suarez. “Accents can make a room go from really drab to fantastic without spending a lot of money.”

Kristen Castillo