So a friend of mine came over to my place to discuss the progress of my latest novel (writer’s block, anyone?). But instead of discussing strategies on how I can become the next Harper Lee, it essentially became a downright assault on my interior decorating skills.
She felt that my tastes were a little too ‘Victorian’, something out of a bygone era that just didn’t match my youthful 20s – fine, fine, 30s! And while I’m a fan of old queen Vic, I’m not exactly a strong proponent of the furnishings and designs of her celebrated age… I objected to the arguably damning accusation, hoping to get her to understand my newly acquired ‘higher level’ tastes she just didn’t understand.
This all got me thinking and I came to one conclusion: I love interior design and putting together my house in the way I like it, but I absolutely hate the idea of trends and being judged on what’s ‘in’.
I did a wee bit of research on how interior design has developed and you’ll clearly see that trends change and move drastically. Contemporaries like neutral colors, while those who love a Mediterranean flair absolutely hate what they perceive to be a lack of personality. Rustic and vintage furnishings of the early 20th century would stick out like a sore thumb in the cool art deco house of the 1960s.
I think you get my drift. Keeping up with the movers and shakers in the industry will just leave you frustrated and with a lighter wallet. My thoughts? Just go with whatever makes you feel good.
Think about it. The people that you need to impress through furniture aren’t the kind of friends you need. If you abide by the trends of today, it’s likely they’ll be gone tomorrow. Yes, I’m talking to you, weird flowery wallpaper.
And this goes beyond interior design. I would never have succeeded in publishing my first novel if I had listened to all of the so-called experts who told me that my ideas just wouldn’t work. But they did. So next time a friend tells you that your chandelier is a tad too ornate, you know where to send them. 😉