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Choosing a decorating style | Manolo for the Home

NtB Is of Two Minds When It Comes to Decor – Are You?

Sometimes I think I really want my entire living space to look something like this:

Mmmmodern classic

Then I wake up the very next day and find myself longing for something like this:

Cute and colorful

It’s just one of those things – unless you have two homes or a really big house that allows for for multiple decorative zones, you have to make some exclusionary decisions when you’re planning our your decor scheme. Maybe one day you lust after a modern look and the next you’re suddenly feeling the country thing… or even that you can’t reconcile your love of studio apartments with your desire not to be living above and below other people. I think living style can be even harder to narrow down. House in the suburbs? A few acres in the country? Bustling city flat? How can you ever really choose?

Where do you find you’re of two minds when it comes to decor?

4 Responses to “NtB Is of Two Minds When It Comes to Decor – Are You?”

  1. Linda Mercury April 28, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    I constantly rotate between wanting full on Middle Eastern luxury – rugs, cushions, large divans, astonishing tile work/stained glass (think Topkapi Palace scaled waaaaay down) and something more modern and spare. It is a conundrum!

  2. La Petite Acadienne April 28, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

    Oh I hear you. I can now understand why rich people own multiple homes. I also rotate between wanting the full Middle-Eastern/Indian orgy of colour and texture; or something eclectic and cute, with a whole lot of stuff from Etsy; or something like an old English study, with dark woods and cozy, beaten-up leather club chairs; or spare and Swedish, but with lots of textural interest.

    How did I choose? I used what works with my home and my property. We live on several acres of riverfrontage, and have a wood-burning stove with a huge sandstone hearth and chimney. So instead of fighting it, I’m working with it, and have gone with an upscale-yet-cozy Colorado ski lodge look. Lots of natural materials — stone, wood, leather. Lots of texture. But mostly warm, creamy neutrals and browns.

    As far as the other looks? I redecorate my spare bedroom often — with a basic bed, dresser and nightstand, I can recreate most any look with a new duvet cover, maybe a rug, and some wall art.

  3. The Jananator May 2, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    I goback and forth between super modern and super country, and let me tell you that these are two genres that don’t mix well. Modern and antique is okay. Modern and colorful contemporary, not bad either. But the country thing doesn’t go well with modern. And thus I cry.

  4. Little Red May 3, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    Color schemes. One minute I want something in Tiffany Blue/White/Silver and other times I want an Indian orgy of color and texture.