I know I've rattled on before about mixing up all those elements in your room so that
the overall feel is one that entices you in, so that the room itself is a perfectly imperfect mishmash of colour and style and eclectic personality and that it's yours and yours alone.
I find that clients often worry about things not going together, or that they'll be out there on a limb, and find themselves far from the madding (interior) crowd.
Why do we worry so much about what others will think?
You know, at the end of the day, when, literally, you walk through the door, all that really matters is what you think.
How your home feels to you.
And if you love it, and it makes your heart sing, then that is what really matters.
Megan Morton has a great quote in her Home Love book that goes something along the lines of
"If you like the things then they'll all go together because you like them."
Which really means that you should relax - no need to worry about anything looking odd or wrong, because it's all to your taste. Particularly if, as you should always, you've followed your heart, and only bought things that you respond to emotionally.
Which is why, in my no-rules guidebook, it is perfectly OK to have a mix of fabrics at your windows. Why not? I know this is scary beyond measure for many, and that's OK too. But this is my home - my bedroom specifically, and I love it. I can lie in bed, gazing at the three different fabrics (a beautiful big floral linen, and two gorgeous stripy numbers), and my heart sings, and I do a little skip.
Sometimes I do a little skip because Brunnell is lying there next to me, but that's a story for another time, & he does a lot less curtain-gazing than me and is quite possibly still wondering if I didn't order enough of any one fabric, hence the mash-up.
But I love them, so therefore they must all go together n'est pas?
Your home should not look like something from a catalogue.
You need to push the boundaries, and sometimes push yourself outside your comfort zone.
And remember to enjoy the journey.
Great rooms don't just happen overnight. The best interiors will evolve gradually over time.
In fact, are they ever really finished? I hope not.
It would be terribly boring if they were.
Mine are always works in progress...and that's just the way I like it.
Amanda xxPin It