I grew up in a traditional home. We had furniture “sets”. The colors used were always an exact match and fabrics and patterns were repeated around the room.
Life and design were predictable.
Not so much any more.
Now we mix it up….mix up periods of style….mix up colors….mix up the woods and metals. Freedom! Oh, Yeah!
The predictable, traditional room was easier to pull off because there were so many rules to adhere to, and now the rules seem to have been thrown out of the window. Or have they?
The principles of design still apply even when we push the envelope. For a room to work, attention must still be paid to balance, harmony, scale. We still need a focal point with attention to color and texture along the way.
It’s really not “willy-nilly”!
In many ways, it takes a lot more skill to mix it up. It really isn’t “anything goes”.
In design, it’s always about pushing our comfort zone a little bit. That’s how we keep it interesting and fresh. Even the most traditional of us can find a new way to use color or pattern….maybe not in a large dose, but at least a little bit.
So what keeps us stuck in tradition? Is it really that we love it so, or do we feel safe there? Are we afraid we’ll try something and not like it?…..or that it will cost too much?
Change up your art. Instead of the traditional landscape or floral, go a little modern.
Try a little bolder paint color……after all….it’s only paint!
Paint your old chairs or a table you’ve had for years.
Or make a change in a light fixture.
Go bold with an accessory or two.
It’s almost Spring…..don’t you want to mix it up a bit?
Sally J. Designs can help you to LOVE your home!
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