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Laziness or the Unfinished Look? | Manolo for the Home

Laziness or the Unfinished Look?

What’s the first thing that jumps out at you about Claire Bingham’s living room (seen on Design*Sponge)? My guess is that it’s the unfinished walls that have been partially stripped of wallpaper and partially painted.

It’s a raw look, for sure, but unfinished walls could be something of an antidote to all the perfectly-styled homes you see in magazines and books. Would it surprise you to learn that Bingham is an interior designer and also writes about gorgeous interiors? My guess is that it takes a good eye to make a half-finished paint job work as an intentional statement.

I’m all for letting the decor in a home evolve over time – I feel you end up with a more natural, real, inviting look that way – but this goes a little beyond that, don’t you think?

4 Responses to “Laziness or the Unfinished Look?”

  1. Carla February 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

    I also don’t like the pile of books to the right of the hearth. It looks like a horder’s corner and it is not practical. What if I want one of those books to look at? Forget it.

  2. casablanca March 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    I kind of like the walls. I don’t love the rest of the house, but I think the walls are pretty awesome.

  3. Jezebella March 4, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    Agreed. The walls don’t bother me nearly as much as the pile of books. That’s a terrible way to store books if you care about them at all.

  4. Christa Terry March 4, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    @casablanca Then you’d love the trim in my new bedroom, heh. Some of the paint didn’t adhere properly around the doors, so we ended up with a bit of a ratty look. But I’m planning on fixing it as soon as I get the chance.

    @Carla and Jezebella I was wondering the same thing myself – let’s say I want to read a book at the bottom of the pile… do I knock the whole thing over? Tear the cover off trying to pull it out? Are those books for reading or for sitting in a pile?