It is a powerful experience to live in a home that expresses and supports who we want to be and how we want to live. Most Designers and Shelter Magazines focus on how your home “looks.” I would rather focus on how your home makes you “feel.” I believe that Interior Design is like getting dressed for a party or a job interview: when you dress your best, you feel your best.
I find it fascinating that most people are unaware of the emotional impact caused by their choices in their most private environment. Having worked with many different types of clients over the years, I discovered common denominators that sabotage their homes potential. I kept hearing reoccurring themes regarding the obstacles they were dealing with. Because of this, I have compiled the five most common categories of what I call “Design Roadblocks.”
If you don’t absolutely love your surroundings, don’t be surprised if you can relate to one or more of the categories below because they are often connected. We are all complex and have many experiences that shape the design choices we make. Reward yourself by improving the way you live in your home. If you need guidance, hire a professional that is in-tune with your design issue. Invest in your home and it will be an investment in yourself.
The Top Five Design Roadblocks
1. Have No Style – Don’t Know How:
You are living with purchases that were mistakes.
Too often people will live with purchases that are wrong for their space because either it was an impulse buy, you felt pressured because it was on sale or worse, you didn’t measure before you bought and now it doesn’t fit or the scale is wrong.
Your style comes from store salesperson or catalog.
By taking no responsibility to what feeds your soul you are unable to live authentically when decisions are made for you.
You know what you like but don’t know how to put it together.
You don’t enjoy your surroundings and struggle without outside help. Let me ask you – if you had a leaky faucet and didn’t know how to fix it, wouldn’t you call a plumber? So why is there any hesitation in calling for some design help?
2. Old Things & Memories:
You avoid the fact that that styles and functions change over time.
One example is keeping things from your college days that no longer work in your current home. You are a successful professional but your surroundings look more like a student apartment or worse yet – a Frat House.
You fear change.
For example, you are stuck in the identity of being a parent so you feel the need to keep your child’s room preserved as a shrine even though they had moved out long ago.
You have trouble letting things go.
The furniture or art your Ex left behind, or grandmas old table that doesn’t work with your décor, remains in your home because emotions (good or bad) have been assigned to these objects.
You are paralyzed with the fear of making the wrong decision.
So you don’t do anything.
You have things that are broken or worn that need attention.
When the sofa is stained and the stuffing is escaping – it’s time to get a new one – go ahead, what are you waiting for?
Your house is messy with no organization.
The piles of “great intention” – only serve as a reminder of what your not doing.
Your home is in chaos and you’re embarrassed.
You won’t let visitors inside the door because you’re afraid of what people might think.
4: Financial Restraint:
You have a nice wardrobe, expensive cars, etc. with no focus on your home.
Is the presentation of your public self more important than your private view of yourself?
Your home is not a priority.
You say you can’t afford to spruce up your home but can easily justify the cost of going out for coffee, lunches, and fancy dinners.
You say your taste is too expensive to invest in your surroundings.
Even if you can’t afford to do a complete home makeover, you’d be surprised how far your dollar can go with a design professional. Like a diet – if you never start – you won’t ever reach the goal.
5: No Fit with Function:
Your decor doesn’t work with your lifestyle.
How can anyone with kids and pets relax with white carpet?
Your home doesn’t compliment all that live in the house.
Your home looks like a country cottage – pink and white with an abundance of flowers and lace even though you have a husband and three boys. The need to “control” is more important than acknowledging the likes and dislikes of the household.
Your house is too small or the architecture isn’t working.
Compromise is needed in design even if you live alone. Sometimes a compromise is by working with what you have. This can be finding the best use of the available square footage or to tone down or step up the architectural details so that your personal style can shine through.