It’s important to have personal space at home that feels, well, personal. The way the space around us is decorated can play a big part in how we feel once we step inside the front door. That’s probably why not a lot of people decorate their walls with paintings that show someone falling off of a cliff. The decor is an expression of who a person is, or maybe who a person wants to be seen as, and most people don’t want to be seen as violent or unhinged.
But house decor can make the wrong impression even if it’s not overtly threatening or aggressive. That painting that looked great a few years ago might look dated and depressing now. The sculpture in your living room that once stood as a symbol of strength? Now it might look more like a symbol of mental instability. Tastes change with time, and so can the way you view items that you once considered appealing enough to stick in your home.
For a better idea on whether or not the decor in your house is a disaster, think about what would happen if you had to host a party. Would you stand tall as you welcomed guests into your house? Or would you be rushing to hide things before the doorbell rang and the first person arrived?
If you’re lucky enough to live near a museum of contemporary art, head down there and examine the latest displays. Some will be too avant-garde while others might just be unnerving. Not everything will work for you, but not everything has to. There’s a decent chance, however, that you can find some points of inspiration for your home. If you don’t have a halfway decent museum around, hop online and look at some examples.
If neither of those options appeals to you, there are plenty of home decor magazines on the market. Some magazines focus on celebrity homes, while others have a more general theme. There are publications to suit every taste, so mosey on down to your local bookstore and start looking. There’s no rule that says you have to buy the exact same throw rug as Emma Stone, but if it strikes your fancy, go for it.
You might be thinking, “That’s all well and good, but how am I going to afford these fancy new decorations?” There are more options than you realize, actually. Most people don’t have the budget to bid on fancy original art at places like Sotheby’s, and that’s perfectly OK. There are businesses that cater exclusively to people who want high-quality art reproductions without the high prices.
The first person you should be trying to please when you decorate your house is you, but you shouldn’t be wary of having company over either. There’s a happy medium that involves updating your style without sacrificing your sense of self. Changing up a few key pieces can leave you with a home that’s both relaxing and elegant.