As far as good taste would allow
There’s such a fine line between good taste and bad, whether you’re talking about fashion or interior design.
I mean, how many times have you looked back on old photos and had a bit of a giggle about what you were wearing 10 or 20 years ago?
In the end, most of it comes down to confidence — and safety in numbers. That is, if everyone is painting their walls Tuscan yellow and distressing their timber furniture (early ‘90s interior decorating, anyone?) then it suddenly seems like the most stylish choice.
So I always admire those who are prepared to step out on their own, whether the crowd follows them or not.
I can’t imagine what Sydneysiders must have made of someone like Florence Broadhurst when she launched her ranges of incredibly colourful and heavily patterned wallpapers in the 1970s. Admittedly, she was riding the wave of design exuberance that characterised this period but it was a risk all the same.
But it takes more than a unique point of view to be anointed with the crown of good taste. It requires someone with that kind of personal charisma to step forward with such bold confidence that it’s hard not to be swept up in it or deny its claim to be at the centre of style.
Not everyone with an eye for well-designed interior spaces is interested in capturing the attention of the wider public, or even their wider circle of friends. A friend I shared a house with once has maintained his lifelong love of kitsch, from OTT religious iconography to bubblegum pop icons. Frankly, it’s not my cup of tea but the way he puts it together, there’s definitely a certain style about it.
So let’s set aside good taste and instead boldly go in our own design directions to see what lies beyond the every day. What is there to lose?
There’s a lovely ‘60s European vibe about the Pietro ottoman that works just as well as a coffee table when the situation demands, $419.95, from West Elm, westelm.com.au