From Jennifer on May 28th, 2009 in General Remodel
Avoid being TOO unique.
Photo credit: ctylerconk
I’ll admit right here, right now – I am a Taurus, and a stubborn one at that. I am generally not content to take someone’s word that a concept I have won’t work. Convincing me not to do something usually means letting me do it by trial and error and then me admitting that I won’t do it … again. Decorating and styling my home is no different. So take it from me, there are certain things that just don’t work.
Several years ago I was granted a spare bedroom as my office and given free reign to design and decorate it any way I wanted. I was dying to try a faux finish and sponge-painting seemed easy enough. And it was. It was simple and quick and it looked very cool. The problem was that when the time came to redecorate the room as a nursery for our first child, short of sand-blasting the walls, there was no way to get rid of the very distinct texture that the sponging made on the walls (apparently, I am a very thick sponger). My advice: if you feel the need to sponge-paint, be sure to use a minimum of paint in your sponge so that you achieve the look you desire without the added texture, which is very difficult to overcome in future designs.
I have very unique taste when it comes to colors and patterns. I don’t tend to follow the trends, which is good, but I can go off the deep end in trying to display my uniqueness, too, which is bad. I fell in love with a sofa and loveseat combo that was very vivid. We brought them home (and note: my husband did NOT love them as I did, but he gave in, anyway, if you’re a Taurus, too, you understand why) and they were very comfy. But in just a few short years my tastes changed and the pieces became a sight of torture and ridicule – they were too vivid and too unique to match other changes I wanted to make to our living room. My advice: choose furniture that is easy to match or adapt, everyone’s tastes grow and change. When you want to show your unique style, do it in the accent pieces or accessories and/or other pieces that are easily/cheaply replaced or changed.
When we built our new house, we carefully chose elegant and classy-looking electrical fixtures. Some of the prettiest pieces we have are three hanging lights over our kitchen island and a brass hanging light over our dining room table. They truly are something to look at. The problem is that we didn’t really take the height into account. Now when my husband helps me with dinner, he is constantly conking his forehead on the island lights and on the brass fixture when we move the dining room table around for different room configurations. My advice: if you use hanging light fixtures, be sure to hang them according to the height of the tallest person in the house.
Being unique is awesome, being smart about your stylishness: priceless!