A reader sent me this interesting interior design conundrum: ” Dear Dana, I’m torn. I want to redecorate my tiny apartment (32m2) and I cannot choose between 2 dramatically opposing styles. Now it’s Scandinavian minimalism (light pastel walls, whitewashed furniture, natural fabrics and materials). I can’t decide whether to leave it as it is & freshen up (or go more zen – an all-white apartment) or go overboard (think Pushing Daisies/Amelia interiors). I’ve weighed pros & cons, tossed coins and I still can’t decide. I love both styles. Please help.”
In the war between styles, going all white or all wacky will be all imbalanced. Look at the room directly above. We can barely distinguish furnishing from wall and when things get too-too white they get sterile, hyper-mentally-focused, emotionally drained and even physically stressful on the eyes!
The oppose scenario of ‘overboard” decor is easily a magnet for dust, cluttered thoughts, creative blockages and overwhelm.
It is time for you to create a new style. Get yourself on Pinterest and start boards called “My Personal Style” and pull together pinboards of what you feel connected to: olors you grew up with, styles that make you feel excited, decor elements pulled from an entire look (IE, the fabulous coffee table in the Mid Century living room, rather than the whole style) and even textures and art that thrills you.
Reconcile the extremes and find your own personal style which is uncompromising!
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