Sunday, March 23, 2008

My Design Style

So I came across this fairly interesting website that attempts to determine your design style for your home. I am usually pretty suspicious about these kind of "Take a Quiz and Determine What Kind of ___________ You Are!" quizzes but this is very different than those traditional Facebook or Myspace monstrosities.

Basically it is comprised of about 20 or so "questions" and all you do is choose the picture that you think best fits you. I really like this approach because I'm a pretty visual person, and actually being able to see a specific color/room setup/couch style was much easier for me than just looking at a bunch of words that describe it.

I apparently have "Barcelona Cool" style, and the following is the description.


This is one of the most disciplined looks to pull off, both in terms of how you furnish your home and how you live your life. Everything has to be precise, spot on, for in a minimalist home just one false move and the impact is lost completely. To its critics, minimalism looks cold and clinical, but your love of purity in the form of clean lines, beautiful materials and great design shines through.

Living Room

Playboy, gent, aesthete - your living room is a shrine to bachelorism. The masculine look finds its apogee in the bachelor pad, and at the heart of every bachelor pad is the living space, with its sharp lines and a hedonistic approach to life that's all about having fun and very little to do with mundane chores. This is the lifestyle of a Gatsby or a 007, and the fact that both are fictional characters says it all: this look is about illusion and seduction and a dash of hustler chutzpah. This is a look that can't take clutter, and as such the minimal aesthetic is an ideal complement. When it comes to the tricky task of accessorising, less is certainly more. Fresh, bright colours at the 'cool' end of the spectrum are welcoming and airy, while retro prints and patterns add instant style. Whether you're chilling out, socialising or surfing the net, your living room's a place that reflects the way you live your life.


You like to keep it simple in the bedroom. Sleep is fundamentally important to our well being. In busy towns and cities, noise can often hamper a good night's sleep. Soft furnishings really do absorb sound, and touch is such an important sense in the bedroom, from crisp, linen sheets to wool or even sheepskin underfoot. Your preference is for pristine purity in the bedroom, using vibrant colours to make a bold statement.

Dining Room

You're a maestro of minimalism using carefully chosen ingredients. At home, 'less-is-more' simplicity appears effortlessly stylish. With so little on show, every single item comes under scrutiny, so it's important that you give time and thought to your choice of china, glass and cutlery. Try to avoid the 'designer cliche' trap, whereby every single piece has impeccable provenance: at best this looks like showing off, at worst it's sadly predictable. When it comes to entertaining, you love gutsy, wholesome, seasonal food.

Home Office

You have a place for everything and everything has its place. No matter how independent you might be, like everybody else you'll have bills to pay. A dedicated home office will help you keep on top of the 'boring bits'. The modernist adage that form should follow function is nowhere better demonstrated than in the home office: keep things simple and add your own sense of style by using a splash of colour or a single, well-chosen decorative piece.

I honestly think (at least for me) that this style is more of a reflection of where I am in my life right now and what my current likes and dislikes are. Maybe a good example of this is the first line of my ideal living room description, "Playboy, gent, aesthete - your living room is a shrine to bachelorism." I can't imagine this being me when I get married/have kids, but for right now I think this style is pretty cool.

I also think the description is pretty accurate, although I don't think I really know my style well enough to put it in words this descriptive, which is why I tried the website in the first place.

If you would like to take the quiz as well, click here.

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