Mixed messages make for mayhem
There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about finding your own style.
You can even sign up for workshops that help you find ways to bring everything you love together and refine it into a cohesive look.
Indeed, I may well be guilty of suggesting to readers to surround yourself with colours, furniture and other homewares that speak to you.
But while there are plenty of single ladies and gents out there enjoying the benefits of sole households, for many of us we share our homes with a partner and maybe a few children.
Traditionally, it’s been assumed that the ladies take control of the interior design and, in many households, that’s still the case. While it may make style decisions easier, it can sometimes feel a little futile, like no one cares but you.
Increasingly, blokes are taking an interest in the look and feel of their homes — which is to be celebrated — but it may result in couples ending up on opposite sides of the style fence.
And as children remain at home as they transition into adulthood, you may find the more creative amongst them expressing their own design opinions.
Worst case scenario is a household with a mix of minimalist design lovers and bower bird-style nesters who love nothing better than surrounding themselves with everything they love.
A few years back, my eldest daughter expressed a desire to redesign her room, from the colour scheme to the selection of furniture. She even went so far as to make a scale model to further strengthen her case.
After repainting the walls, sourcing the right wallpaper and finding compatible bed linen, she settled in for her final years of school in a space she felt comfortable in.
Then she moved out. It’s a good thing it’s only paint.
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