No, not in the “paint a Care Bears mural on the wall” sense (do little kids even know about the Care Bears?), but in an “accessorize the heck out of the space” sense. Remember the early 2000’s when Trading Spaces was one of the “it” shows? Did we watch, if we watched, for decorating ideas or to see which designer could best destroy a perfectly normal interior space. Off the top of my head I can remember a black wall with bare light bulbs sticking out of it and a bedroom with a metal bar motif on the wall suggesting it was a “prison of love.”
Prickish designers aside, even the more thoughtful ones would never think of slapping white paint on the walls–and at this point in history, neither would many homeowners. We seem to have gone through a “dark and warm” phase when it comes to paint. I can’t exclude myself from this because I, too, fell victim to a Ralph Lauren “faux leather” finish that required bright pink paint, dark purple glaze, an expensive brush and at least two people who work quickly. In the end my walls did indeed resemble the cordovan leather of a chaise lounge straight out of a psychiatrist’s office, but it made an already small room look like a small dungeon, especially at night. The first time we tried to sell our house, the agent took one look and said “buy some paint.”
Ten years after the leather experiment, I’ve come to love white walls. No other color reflects natural light quite so well. And if you’re from the north, you probably try to stretch your daylight for as long as possible. But that’s not the main reason I’m promoting plain-Jane white walls.
If you’re not a matchy-matchy person and have a rough time deciding between design styles (industrial, rustic, southwest, mid-century….? gah!) you CAN have it all if you pull the bulk of your crazy colors and prints from textiles and accent pieces.
And here….the rug and quilt remind me of Mexican Talavera tiles. Probably would be overkill if the walls were a rich jewel tone, no?
But you love turquoise, I know!!! So do I. You want to paint the walls Robin’s egg blue. Don’t do it, man. You’ll regret it in a few months.
Gorgeous Uzbek Suzani as a tablecloth :) I love the rustic, mismatched chairs and their funky cushions. Looks like a Turkish carpet in front of the industrial bookshelves. The colors pop against the glowing white–yes, I’m sure Photoshop helped–and draw the eye to multiple focal points rather than blur together.
And, of course, if you change your decorating taste often, well, rhetorical question: swap out a rug or quilt? or get out the drop cloths and blue tape and re-paint the walls to match your new style?
Hmmm? Yeah, me too.