Too Old to Young - Fashionable Adulting
We were all young once; it’s not something we can act like never happened. If you weren’t, I’m interested in your story and how you were born a 32-year-old and what kind of alchemy you were involved with. Back on topic though: depending on your current age, you may look back on your past self and cringe at your taste and the choices you made - I know I have. It’s something that only comes with time and could be influenced by environmental factors that you can’t necessarily be blamed for. If you don’t feel this way and have always had good taste, then cheers to you for being a dapper young individual. If you weren’t so fortunate, such as myself, it could be painful to look at old photos. This goes the same for your home as it does for fashion.
It’s hard to admit as a designer that at one time I wasn’t proud of the way I presented my artistic self. I think back on the days in middle school and pinning up tapestries and posters of artists I liked as a way of expressing myself. That’s the journey of life, making discoveries and decisions in awkward periods of your life. I want others to see what I like, and I didn’t always care how much things clashed. What was important to me was surrounding myself with my own taste. We aren’t always born with a tasteful eye, and sometimes it’s something we come to learn with time. Also, personal taste can cost money that we don’t have when we’re teenagers. We have others things we’d rather spend the little bit of money we do have on. The thing is, it also doesn’t always take money to give your place some style.
Having a welcoming home can be more of a subtractive process at times. Despite the urge to fill the place with decor and develop a theme, remember that feelings can be evoked tastefully by just a small number of things. So maybe instead of thinking about what you need to add, think about what you need to remove. Start small and see how few items you can utilize to develop the character you want to achieve. Important to note is cohesiveness when it comes to a theme. It doesn’t make sense to have seashells and sand dollars on a shelf with your triathlon awards. Or art deco lamps mixed with your whimsical Philippe Starck chairs. So keep it consistent, and it can go a long way. Depending on the architecture of the room, the lines of the room can speak for itself and require little decoration more than what the furniture will provide. Maintain a conscious mind on the knickknacks throughout a room and evaluate if there’s a tie-in. You don’t want to curate a curio museum, but have the room tell a story and keep it minimal.
Just as you want to keep the theme consistent with the items displayed, color consistency is also crucial. Learning the color wheel is a great way to understand why some colors work together and others don’t. I’m not strictly talking the color of the walls, either, but the colors of everything in the room - chairs, paintings, lights, et cetera. It’s easy to be excited about a piece of art you picked up, but it may contain contrasting colors in it that don’t work for the overall look of the room. If a piece is subtle enough, it can work. Ultimately, you’re going for something that ties into color psychology and wants to achieve comfort. When colors work together, they will nurture both your eyes and your mind. And please, don’t use Christmas lights to add color unless it’s on a tree with presents underneath.
Lastly, it’s surprising what the arrangement of furniture can do to a room and transform it from clearly college dorm to a welcoming gathering space. We’re social creatures, so why not embrace the idea of good friends and good conversation. Think of what the focal point of the room is, such as a TV, and use furniture in a way to lend this idea while not inhibiting the opportunity for open talks with those sitting around you. Be sure not to close off areas of the room or create unnecessary partitions, as it seems unplanned. There should always exist an obvious path to navigate around, and one that makes sense. When available, utilize space to create breathing room between objects to avoid a cramped feeling. With that, you should have a charming place to entertain many future memories with the people you enjoy.
Growing out of your youthful styles can be a painful change. Maybe you’ll always have the same attitude and never feel the need to change. But you don’t have to change who you are, just what’s around you. There isn’t a need to sacrifice your personality, and we certainly don’t condone that. If everyone were the same, we’d all be boring. So show off you and what you’re made of, but be mindful of how to do so.