It’s good to categorize things in life. It’s why you store your spices in separate containers aside from one jumbled mess that prevents you from cooking with precision. It’s why you tend to keep your underwear, socks, and accessories in different places within your bedroom. It’s also why you segment rooms from one another – installing the shower in the kitchen for convenience’s sake sounds pretty unique, but it would be tiresome in about half a day. Instead we segment this utility in with all of the other essential, personal, grooming provisions, otherwise known as a bathroom or restroom.
This is why it’s very easy, using the same principles, to think that a home should be designed in separate categories, with entirely thematic aesthetic designs from room to room, complementing one another, opening up the space as much as possible, and ensuring each space is maximized for its functional value.
But should you marry your home to one aesthetic you never deviate from? Let’s consider that, below:
Preserving character and history.
It’s good to consider the character of the home and how you can preserve it. If natural timber is on show in your bedroom area, then wooden beds, four-poster options, or in-theme decorative utilities like wooden chest of drawers for storage can fit the theme. If your home is a rustic cottage, then you might implement modern appliances designed with a retro tone to fit the scope of the area, and work well with other basic implements you have, like a home hearth you can enjoy. You don’t have to keep this formatted, but doing so can unveil and retain the amazing personality of the property in front of you.
Period, eras, and renovations undertaken over time.
Sticking to the era of your home can be a fun way to keep the theme consistent from interior to exterior, but you don’t have to do this. It’s perfectly possible for a quaint cottage to look a hundred or so years old from the outside, retaining the embellishments of the time if modernised and upgraded, and then to ensure the interior is minimal and modern. Here you can also consider the renovations undertaken by previous owners and the degree to which you want to change them – for example, renovations might include tearing out the boarded-up fireplace and restoring the wood burner to its prior glory.
Personal tastes, expressions, embellishments.
Of course, you get to determine how you wish your house to look, and how you express yourself within it. Newly landscaping the garden can help add some of your own embellishment to the space, and does that detract from the current character of the property? Not at all, it only adds to it in the best possible light, forming it into something new. Moreover, renovating part of the home if it’s become dated and relatively unstable doesn’t detract from the space, it renews it for a new generation. So – don’t feel shackled by the past, but use it as inspiration.
With this advice, we hope the answer to the question of ‘should I marry my home to any one aesthetic’ is met with a resounding – “well, do you think it will work, or would you like to make a change?” Both are valid.
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