Do you remember the BBC show Changing Rooms? Well I was reading this Buzzfeed article about some of the most retrospectively ugly design mistakes that the programme kindly bestowed upon unwitting homeowners, after giggling about how dreadful each one was I realised that back in the days of velvet patchwork flares and dial up broadband we all thought these rooms were amazing. I remember vowing that when I grew up I would own a circular, revolving bed, preferably scattered with silver space suit material cushions, thankfully I grew out of that phase but it did get me thinking about some of the design mistakes I have made and am currently still making in my home!
Trying to Mold Our Home Into a Pinterest Dream
Up first is my greatest DIY related regret; painting my front door a bright, acidic yellow! Personally I blame Pinterest, they ply me with image after image of colourful front doors in Farrow & Ball hues which always look incredible on screen, but I learnt the hard way that it isn’t as simple as picking up a pot of paint in ‘Lemon Drizzle’ and expecting it to transform your bland door into an Instagram-able masterpiece. The high gloss went laughably streaky and every single swipe of the paintbrush was visible but that’s not the worst part, the worst part is that our door literally looked toxic. I kid you not, it was luminescent, every time I walked in/out the front door I made a little vomit noise, thanks Pinterest! I have since painted over the noxious yellow with a somewhat more subtle ‘India Yellow’ but the regrets are still very much visible in the streaky paint job and now all I long for is my white door back!
Filling Our Home With Temporary Furniture
Everyone is guilty of buying ‘temporary furniture.’ Furniture we don’t love, maybe don’t even like under the premise that we will replace it when we find the perfect replacement. I’ve recently come to the realisation that ‘temporary’ always means forever and these so called stop-gaps become a permanent feature! For me, my most disliked piece of ‘temporary furniture’ is our television unit, when we moved in I had visions of a gorgeous, walnut g-plan sideboard but couldn’t quite find anything to suit our budget or my very particular tastes, so as a provisional solution we picked up the lovely white laminate unit you see above! Its bulky, boring and anything but sturdy (that one might be down to my flat pack skills) but we still haven’t got round to replacing it! Maybe this post will inspire me to switch it out for a mid-century console, probably not. When it comes to the pieces we have to live with, I think it’s best to embellish them with things we do love, so I have surrounded mine with plants, which makes every TV show we watch look like it’s coming at us from the jungle but makes me happy none the less.
Not Taking More Risks
When it comes to my home, I’m very open minded, I love a wild pattern, texture or a flash of colour but there is something that holds me back, I am a serial white painter. There is nothing I can do to combat this affliction, when you paint a wall white you just know there wont be any dodgy lines where the wall meets the architrave and there will be not be hours spent colour matching when you come to touch up the paint and I am all about that simple life. Nonetheless I wish I had the courage to pick out Sultry dark paint shades that make the room feel cosy and quirky because these days it’s definitely frowned upon to live in an all white box but there is no way I will be picking up my paintbrush any time soon, apart from to re-paint my front door!
Luckily I haven’t been a homeowner for long enough to have anything really dire to share with you, but give it a few years and we shall see!
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