Ask yourself how many times have you picked up a interior decorating magazine or watched a movie and thought to yourself: “That’s a nice looking room. I should do that.”
If you’re like most people, you will have had this thought — perhaps many times. It can be inspiring to see a beautifully-staged room in a magazine or film, and it can excite you about redecorating your home, but you don’t want to be a decorating phony.
A decorating phony is someone who takes someone else’s design and decorating sensibilities, or a current trend, and tries to make it work in their home. This is, plain and simple, a bad idea.
Your home and your style are not the same as anyone else’s — and your lifestyle is different too. You want to make sure that your design and decor match your taste and the way you live.
Tips to avoid being a decorating phony
Don’t try and mirror a design from a magazine.
No one lives in a magazine. You live in a home that is a reflection of your day to day life, and it needs to be a place that is functional.
A magazine has expert stylists and designers who craft the perfect space with the perfect pieces because they have hours to do it, an unlimited budget, and no one will have to live in it.
Don’t try and force a style into your home.
There are some decorating styles that look great, but just won’t work in your home — and you shouldn’t try and make them fit.
For example, if you live in an older home with exposed wood and original fixtures and features, then having an ultra-modern living room is unlikely to mesh with the home. In contrast, if you live in an urban condo with polished concrete floors, a rustic cottage will probably look odd.
Ensure your choices will be functional for the way you live.
Having a white sofa and area rug might look striking, modern, and clean, but if you have a pet or children, it may not be the best choice.
Liking the look of something is not the only aspect to consider when updating your decor. Try to ensure that the furniture and accent pieces you select will work for your lifestyle.
Smitty’s Pro Tip: Magazines often showcase coffee tables that display trays of delicate glassware, books, and candle sticks. While these tables look beautiful, they may not be practical for your particular needs. If you have children, pets, or storage requirements, piling items on your coffee table isn’t a good choice. Remember that design should not trump lifestyle.
Trends come and go. Not every trend will work in your home — and that’s okay.
At Smitty’s we will help you find the furniture and decor that aligns with your preference and your lifestyle. Come and meet with one of our interior decorators to bring your look to life.