Today included a visit to a client’s house which had the most beautiful rugs, colour scheme, perfect paintwork, satin drapes, gorgeous dark glossy floor, designer furniture- you’re getting the picture? It was just perfect! There wasn’t a hair out of place – well, anything out of place. No scuff marks on the walls. Wasn’t quite sure why we were there really, but then it clicked why. It was too perfect, and the client knew it. It felt like a fancy hotel room that had just been super cleaned. It was formal, shiny, stilted and stiff. It was hard to feel at ease within the rooms-there was no personality, no soul. And these poor people (well not so poor, actually) had spent a small fortune to get this imperfect perfection. Hmmm. There is a fine line between “dressing” a room and making it so perfect that it is uncomfortable to be in.
Perfect rooms are as irritating as perfect people. The best interior designers create rooms that look interesting and relaxed; used, lived in. There should be an element of surprise or quirkiness, something somewhere that is a bit risque. It just takes the room to another level and makes you think – “Huh, why have they done that?” You don’t want to decorate in a mad or crazy way, but just add a piece that is a little out of context. Add a chair in a crazy colour, a quirky lamp base.
For example the bed should look neat and smoothed, cushions plump and arranged, but with a look of nonchalance. The bed should also look deeply comfortable and welcoming. Not stiff and upright and uptight. To be successful your bedroom needs to be a little uncontrived and never too pristine to put your feet up. (But not on the pearly white cover with shoes on). You can see the difference between the photographs of the bedrooms in this post. They all beautiful, but one is a little more stiff and upright, and not so relaxed as the others. Can you work out which bedroom is not so relaxing? (Hint – everything is mitchy-matchy, Laura Ashley)
So, let go of having every last thing absolutely perfect and everything in its exact place. Relax a little, scrunch your hair do up a bit, (or let it down.) Use texture,add another cushion that doesn’t quite match, un-straighten the rug and even leave the towel on the floor. Make it look like you actually enjoy living there. Relax! Let go of being perfect. That way you’ll sleep better.
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