True or False: Take the Home Decor Style Quiz!

Take this true or false home decor style quiz to help you think outside the box when it comes to design decisions. Don’t plan your next project until you take our quiz!

navy blue kitchen island with sink and dishwasher

I don’t want to give anyone flashbacks to junior high and pop quizzes, but I thought a home decor style quiz would be fun…and completely different from anything I’ve ever shared. What follows are 10 statements that center around decorating our homes. After each statement, I’ll weigh in on whether or not I think the statement is true or false, and I’ll give my reasons for coming to that conclusion. Clearly there are no right or wrong answers. The goal of most home decor quizzes is to help you find your design style. Not this one! The purpose of this quiz is to get us all thinking about our design decisions, and how we could possibly think outside the box when planning our next project. So let’s get started!

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The OSP Home Decor Style Quiz

1. DARK WALLS MAKE A ROOM LOOK SMALLER.

False! It’s well known in the design world that when a small room is painted a dark color, the walls tend to recede as the eye travels around the room. It’s almost like the walls are further away than they really are. Likewise, light and bright walls expand. It’s perfectly fine to paint a small room a dark color, but there is one thing to keep in mind. Definitely avoid too much contrast. It’s a good idea to paint the walls and trim the same dark color, and save the light colors for furniture, rugs, and accessories.

2. IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO PAINT DOORS AND TRIM A CONTRASTING COLOR.

True! When we moved into the Sugar Maple house, I chose to paint the walls, trim, and doors a very pretty white called Snowbound from Sherwin Williams. It was a very safe choice, because I knew I could always add color and contrast at a later date. Even though I love the all white look, I have plans to paint our interior doors SW Modern Gray. It’s actually more greige than gray, and looks great with all of my ivories and beiges. I also want to add a board and batten wall treatment to our entry, and paint it Modern Gray as well.

The very talented Jenna, from Jenna Sue Design, is a master at adding interest with paint. Get ideas and inspiration by taking a look at her Guide to Updating your Doors and Hardware.

neutral living room with high ceilings and area rug

3. ALL WHITE PAINT COLORS ARE THE SAME.

False! Have you ever walked into a paint store to pick out white paint, and in an instant, you are overwhelmed? Me too! There are so many different shades of white paint that narrowing the choice down can be a challenge. The most important thing to remember is to take into consideration how much natural light the room gets. After that, pay attention to the undertones, and make sure to try several different shades.

4. CEILINGS SHOULD ALWAYS BE PAINTED WHITE.

False! This is one of those cases when I want you to do as I say, and not as I do! Although every ceiling I have ever painted has been white, I love to see ceilings painted a contrasting color. The “touch of the unexpected” that a painted ceiling adds to a room is truly amazing. And you know what they say…the ceiling is your 5th wall!

board and batten wainscoting in dining room 2021

5. ALL THE ROOMS IN YOUR HOME CAN BE DIFFERENT COLORS.

True! Painting the rooms in your home different colors is a great way to personalize each one, and add your own style. However, I believe that all the rooms should have one feature that unifies them. If the walls are varied colors, it’s helpful to paint all the trim and doors a grounding neutral color, like white or ivory. Or you can add interest by simply painting your rooms the same color, but different shades. Use the strips from paint companies to guide you. Choose two or three different tones from the same paint strip. This will insure that the rooms flow from one to another, and it will provide your home with a cohesive look.

6. FLAT PAINT IS NOT WASHABLE.

False! Flat paint has come a long way in the past few years. Most brands now offer a very durable and washable flat paint option. A good trick for adding contrast to walls and trim that are painted the same color is to vary the sheens. Using flat paint on walls, with semi-gloss on the trim, is a beautiful combination. The different sheens offer a subtle, but very noticeable, distinction between the walls and trim. Another plus when it comes to using flat paint is that it hides any imperfections in your walls.

layered neutral bedding upholstered bed

7. ACCENT WALLS ARE A GREAT WAY TO ADD INTEREST TO A ROOM.

True! Accent walls have come a long way since the days of wallpaper borders! Now, an accent wall in a room can be a specific wall treatment, or simply a wall that’s painted a contrasting color. Some examples of wall treatments are:

  • board and batten
  • shiplap
  • vertical shiplap
  • beadboard
  • wallpaper above or below a chair rail
  • removable decals
  • picture frame molding

Adding a wall treatment to just one wall is a budget-friendly way to update a tired room. Follow your heart and be confident in your style by choosing to add an accent wall in a contrasting color, or like me, by painting it the same color as the rest of the room. Either way, it makes a statement!

faux hydrangeas with statice and eucalyptus in pitcher

8. FLOWERS AND PLANTS SHOULD ALWAYS BE REAL.

False! Nothing could be further from the truth. Faux greenery and flowers are perfectly acceptable, and sometimes they are the most practical solution. No one loves fresh flowers more than me, and I will continue to feature them in our home, but I also like to invest in beautiful faux flowers that never die.

YOUR GUIDE TO FAUX FLOWERS

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neutral sofa with blue pillows

9. PILLOWS SHOULD BE DISPLAYED IN PAIRS.

False! Up until about a year ago, my answer to this question would have been a definite “true.” If you love symmetry and balance, paired pillow covers will surely put a smile on your face! But…there’s a trend happening right now that is the exact opposite of pairs. This trend encourages us to mix sizes, shapes, patterns, and colors.

blue pillow set on sofa

Many retailers are now offering these mismatched sets of pillows, but they are very pricey. I was able to make my own “set” with some savvy shopping on Etsy. This seller makes beautiful pillows, and has them grouped by color. I picked out the five pillow covers pictured in the two images above in different sizes, and I love the way they look grouped on my neutral sofa. So if you are a “pillows in pairs” person, but want to update your style just a bit, I encourage you to give this a try!

fireplace and chair with blue accessories

10. YOU SHOULD DECORATE YOUR HOME WITH COLORS YOU LOVE.

True! Decorating with your favorite colors will guarantee two things. First, by surrounding yourself with classic colors that you love, your spaces will be comfortable, and they will feel like you. Second, you will be able to make design choices with confidence because you are eliminating the guesswork. I’m definitely not saying that you should never try something new. Test a new color by adding an affordable accessory, or a soft furnishing, like a pillow or throw blanket. Stick to what you love for the big ticket items, and you won’t go wrong.

CONCLUSION

It doesn’t matter if your answers to this home decor design quiz matched mine. In fact, I’m sure most of you differed on at least a couple of questions. No matter how you answered, by the end, I hope that one thing became clear…and that is to be confident in your design choices. Decorating your home is something that comes from the heart…and if you trust your heart, and your own good taste, you will never regret it. Will you make mistakes? Of course! When you do, just put them behind you and move on. If you keep that in mind, as you journey through the different seasons of your life, adapting your home’s decor to fit your lifestyle will be simple and natural. Until next time…

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5 Comments

  1. Lillie Burton says:

    Regarding # 8 I purchased the faux tulips you recommended and LOVE them! My daughter loved them as much as I did so I bought her some also. You are such a reliable source. Thank you.

  2. Hi! I have a decorating question I would love to see a post on.
    Decorating a room with high wainscoting or high board and baton. My dining room’s board and baton is about 60 inches high. The bottom is a glossy white and above is a deep gorgeous navy. But I am STUMPED on what and where to hang on the walls. Help!

    1. Rhoda at Southern Hospitality blog has high board and batten in her living room. Perhaps she has an idea that would work for you.

  3. Shelly Bartz says:

    Hi! Love this! I’m not seeing the “sources below.” Am I doing something wrong?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      The widget takes a minute or two to load…it’s also helpful to clear your browser cache and restart your device if you don’t see it. Let me know if you still need help!