a superior interior

Is Your Home A True Reflection

Of Your Personal Style?

There’s a really lovely kind of magic when you get glimpse into someone’s home and discover something about it that really takes your breath away.

Sometimes it’s the addition of an unusually vivid wall, a unique piece of furniture, an unexpected layout… or maybe it’s just the whole impression of a place that gives you a tingle of excitement. We felt that lovely sigh of appreciation last week when we saw this Man Repeller article, and couldn’t help but wish we had that kind of taste, that velvet couch or even just the bravery to follow those kinds of design choices through ourselves.

We’ve all had that experience of going to a friends home for the first time and being so astounded at the sheer different-ness of the place that we’re compelled to have a really good look around, taking notes in our heads, paying compliments and asking a ton of questions about where they got this or why they did that.

These glimpses are so special because they can give us a holistic view into a person’s personality in a way that no other medium really can. A home is an extension of us, of our lives, loves, pasts and plans and so inviting someone in, or being invited, can really be an invitation to delve into someones personality a little further.

// So why is it that so few of us are creating home environments that reflect our true selves? //

Photo: Laura Steenge via Man Repeller

One of the reasons for why a beautifully designed home might be so enjoyable could be because of the sheer volume of bland ‘samey-samey’ properties that seem to be around these days.

It’s fair to say that we a love a little bit of Homes Under The Hammer, because who doesn’t? It’s great daytime TV that’s easy watching when you’re off sick from work. We’ve all been there. But Homes Under The Hammer (which is pretty much entirely about beige walls, beige carpets and beige bathrooms) and programmes like it probably have a lot to answer for when it comes to a serious lack of style in so many homes.

The reality is, loads of us are renting homes where the landlords have been congratulated on stripping their properties to blank canvas states and then we’ve been automatically restricted from making our own marks on the place in our contracts. Hell, we’ve heard of loads of places that won’t let you put shelves or even posters up.

But when you think about it, this is such an unfair practice, because surely, as long as you’re adult enough to leave the place in the same condition in which you found it (and at your own cost), you should be allowed to make it YOUR home for the time you live there.

// And surely we all pay enough in rental costs to have at least that privilege. //

Photo: Autumn Studio

It’s not fair to attribute minimal stylishness just on daytime TV or landlords of course.

A lot of people might say that they love the white-walled, paired-back vibes. A fluffy cream rug here, an uplifting quote there, a couple of plants. More than enough for some. And that’s fine.

But doesn’t it sometimes seem like there’s an inherent lack of permanence, of pushing the envelope, of getting too involved? So many people’s homes feel a bit non-committal or non reflective of their owners. A little bit unloved or uncherished. For some of us, could it be that we just simply don’t know what we’d like our homes to be like in the first place? How many people even think about their dwellings in this way?

One of the interesting interior decoration trends growing over the last year or so has been the mid-century modern vibes. We’re sure you’ve seen it everywhere and might even have lusted over a Danish wall unit for yourself. We know we have. But the thing is that these trends aren’t necessarily helping us express our individuality either because we’re just regurgitating what we see.

// What’s YOUR personal stamp like? //

Photo: Stephen Di Donato

It’s a massive shame because we spend so much time in our homes, and one of the wonderful things about personal style is its vibrancy, it’s many possible directions, it’s urge to play. For an interior, it can encourage interaction, or flow, or rest. And whilst in a home, it’s on a much larger scale than choosing a nice top or dress based on your mood or the weather that day, there are very few things (except for major renovations or extensions), that you can fuck up which can’t be fixed or reversed.

Expressing our personal taste in the home might seem inaccessible or too expensive. And these points can be true. After all, large furniture pieces are often big ticket items. But we’re personally massive fans of ‘buying less, but buying better’ – meaning one possibility is to save up and wait as long as necessary until we find the right thing. It takes a certain commitment though. How often are we willing to hunt for the right pieces? How long are we willing to wait? The payoff of finding something that we truly love and has its own story to tell is like finding treasure though. Suddenly we’re introducing it to our friends as if it’s part of the family.

It’s obvious that there’s bit of a risk factor in home improvements, particularly if we’re not a dab hand with some nails and a paintbrush or we’re not sure where a project is going. We’ll never know whether the green wall will work or the velvet sofa will fit until they’re brought to life and doing their thing. But half of the fun is the experimentation, the dabbling and the personalisation of the space that we call ours.

Let’s make a mood board. Grab a can of paint. Visit our local homeware stores.

// Let’s make our interiors superior. //

Photo: Jason Briscoe

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