Thursday, September 2, 2010

Mix and Match

One of my favorite things about my own rooms is their mix and match aspect.  There is something to be said for the uniformity of suites of furniture in commercial settings – and the eye seems to yearn for perfectly matching wood tones and repeating features on legs – but, as the old saying goes: be careful what you wish for because you might just get it.  Daily exposure to redundant colors and perfectly repeating patterns can become mind numbing.  To my mind, the perfect interior is one that begins with a core plan that rarely if ever changes – such as the general seating arrangement and the basic color scheme – but that over time is updated and upgraded.  Nothing shocking – just a slightly inferior painting replaced with a better one or the space occupied by a not so fine table this is one day replaced with an extremely fine piece of the same dimensions.  I look at pictures of my house from twenty years ago and the essence of my present day rooms existed even then.  The changes are not so shocking but have been a pleasant and protracted development as circumstances and opportunities for better things presented themselves.  Unless you are a designer, designing your rooms should not consume your life.  Your rooms are the backdrop to your life.  It should be done well one time and then maintained and infrequently updated across the course of your life.

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