I’ve never studied decorating, so I don’t know decorating jargon. I find Feng Shui interesting, but that tells me more where to place things than what I should put together. I hav always labeled my decorating “eclectic” because it is not about a period (modern), a subject (the ocean), or a place (French Country or southwestern); my home is simply full of things I like. I think a lot of people decorate that way.
If I were to categorize my decorating, I would say my decorating is color-based. I like to tie everything together using varying shades of the same color or two. I don’t want to make it sound like I’m monochromatic; it just makes me feel comfortable to surround myself with different shades of the same color. The wrong color jars me in a way that an antique next to something modern does not. Someone else might walk into my home and be appalled that I have an antique table with a modern vase on top.
How do you decorate? I know people who decorate based on a book or the latest theme. To me, it seems like they are decorating based on what someone else thinks is the way to do it, not by their own feelings. I remember an episode of “House” where he told his friend, Wilson, that he was not decorating based on who he was or his own feelings; he bought what a decorator told him to buy. House sent the furniture back. Later Wilson bought furniture he liked and House was proud.
Bottom line, though I think people should decorate using what makes them comfortable. Above all, the occupant of a home should feel comfortable in it no matter what the books, experts, or magazines say.