Have you ever seen a design show on t.v. where the designer goes through a homeowner’s wardrobe to get an idea of his or her tastes, and then decorates a room based upon what he found in the homeowner’s wardrobe?
For some reason, I started thinking about this last night as I was perusing Pinterest and viewing some of the clothing items that people pin, and then viewing my own (very sparse) fashion board. It got me to thinking, if someone were to glance through my wardrobe and then decorate my home based upon what they found, would I like it?
Okay, in all honesty, at this point they would find mostly jeans and paint-splattered t-shirts. Yeah, I’m gonna start working to improve that situation. So I should instead ask, if they were to glance through my Pinterest fashion board and through my “style file” folder on my computer to see the clothing that I really like, and then if they were to decorate my home based on that, would they get it right?
I’m inclined to say absolutely, positively NO!
Here’s an example of an outfit from Polyvore that really caught my eye. Sure, the shoes are red, but everything else is pretty neutral and tame. And I’d actually swap out that plaid blazer with a black one.
Next is this outfit put together by Life’s A Journal, which I absolutely love, and is clearly filled with neutrals, neutrals, and more neutrals…
I could go on and on here, but the bottom line is that when it comes to clothing, I’m drawn more towards neutrals and classics. I love color added in small doses, like a punchy color on shoes with an otherwise neutral outfit.
But there’s absolutely NOTHING in my wardrobe, or in my wardrobe wish list, that would suggest that I would want a kitchen with teal cabinets, yellow walls, an apple green chandelier, and an orange, teal, green, and yellow striped rug.
If someone were to design my kitchen for me based on what they found in my wardrobe wish list, my kitchen would probably end up looking something like this one designed by Jimmy Stanton of Stanton Home Furnishings (via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle magazine).
And if someone were to design an office based upon my wardrobe wish list, never in a million years would their design board look anything like this…
Instead, they would probably design something more in line with this office from Better Homes & Gardens, which is mostly neutral with small touches of color here and there.
Don’t get me wrong. I really, REALLY like both of those neutral rooms above, but I like them more in pictures, magazines, and in other people’s homes.
So while I know that I might be the odd duck here, are there any more of you like me, whose wardrobe preferences and decorating preferences tend to trend in completely different directions? Or would a designer be completely spot on if they designed a home based on your clothing preferences?