In my years of helping clients design their homes I have been asked, “What is the biggest mistake homeowners make when designing or decorating their homes?”
My answer is always……
“Starting a project without an overall flexible plan!”
I know having a plan goes against the way society seems to run our lives these days.
Everything is quick, and at our fingertip's, or thumbs.
We communicate with texting, or we can get what we want with the push of a microwave button, drive up windows for food and drink, or on the computer with just one click and we can literally purchase just about anything we want.
However, when designing, or decorating your home it still takes a lot of thought, and planning to achieve the design in the room, or home that you truly you want.
Lately I have seen so many home decorators buy one piece for their home without thinking of how it will relate to the whole context of the room, or how it will marry to the homeowners individual style throughout the rest of the home.
When someone buys a piece that is out of context to the rest of the room, and places it in the room, they will soon discover it just is not working.
They often will tend to try, and justify the purchase by trying to make it work by adding more and more to the room , and making more purchases to make this one new addition work in the room in their minds eye. (Does this sound like anything you can relate too?)
The results can be one big hot mess.(not a technical design term)
The homeowner now has a home that does not flow, or make sense. The elements do not relate to one another in any shape or form.
Chances are they now have a room, or home they never wanted, or expected, all because of making purchases without a plan.
The word juxtaposition is thrown around by home decorators, especially when someone adds an element that has absolutely nothing to do with the style, or design aesthetics of the home, or the homeowners individual style or taste.
What I am about to show you is NOT an English lesson, but merely to explain the word juxtaposition
The definition of juxtaposition is…….
the act or an instance of placing two or more things side by side; also : the state of being so placed
Function of Juxtaposition
Writers employ the literary technique of juxtaposition in order to surprise their readers and evoke their interest by means of developing a comparison between two dissimilar things by placing them side by side. The comparison drawn adds vividness to a given image, controls pacing of poem or a narrative and provides a logical connection between two various vague concepts.
In the design world we have chosen to use the highlighted part of the definition of juxtaposition.
When this practice is executed by a professional who knows what they are doing, it is stunning, and something we all would like to emulate.
Unfortunately I feel this word, or technique has been over used, and misused in the design community.
It also seems to have given the less capable home decorator the excuse to put things together that should NEVER be used together in the manner in which they are displaying them in their homes.
Using opposites next to each other takes talent, and a plan otherwise you will have a room that looks like I stated above. A much less impressive statement, simple and to the point……..
A Big Hot Mess!
Personally I am in the beginning of making plans for our new built home that we will be moving into in the Fall.
I already have much of my base elements since we have had a home previously that I had decorated in the style we loved.
With a new home there will be new challenges, and ones that I am very excited about.
Even with all of my current furnishings I am making plans on how they will look with every single detail I can think of.
There will be no purchasing until I know that my overall plan will remain intact, and in the end I will get the results that I was planning on all along.
Most people will make purchases of items they love, and I am not against that at all, IF these are items of quality, and IF you have always had an affinity towards this particular element.
Where people fall into the pit of making huge mistakes, and not spending their money well is when they go out, and purchase the latest trend, and try to plop it down in their room.
When it doesn’t really work, they soothe their regret by saying, "I like the juxtaposition of this piece with that piece." This will often make the onlooker pause with a big Question mark on their face! The homeowner has made a .........
Then they try to make it work by adding, and adding more of the same style of the misplaced piece , and we all know what happens then…..
One Big Hot Mess!!!
We All Need A Plan!!
It is key that you have a flexible, overall plan, as pictured above, and purchase what you truly love.
In the end it is all about staying with what you truly love, and try not to fall into the pit of the TRENDS, and when it does not work try to explain it as using the technique of Juxtaposition.
You will notice that I use the words, flexible when I am talking about your overall plan.
When we are making purchases for our homes we will always have to make adjustments along the way. We may have to adjust according to one of these three things….
When you think about it, how in the world could you make the proper adjustments if you don’t have an overall plan?
The answer is, YOU CAN'T.
This is where homeowners fall into the pit of adding, and adding elements to try, and make their mistake-purchase work. The result is a room that they never, ever wanted.
Planning is fun, and it gives one a sense of control when decorating, or designing their home. It also helps you NOT to make unnecessary, or costly purchases.
Sometimes I think I enjoy the planning, and sourcing for my home more than anything.
If you have ever wondered how do designers do it????
They Have A Plan!!
“ Enjoy The Process of Planning!”