Conclusions from study of 5 assorted home-decorating magazines, a.k.a. “Rich people have annoying taste”
My own guidelines:
- NO decorative objects (vases, bowls, bird sculptures, whatever) unless they were a Christmas present from a family member or otherwise very special. Any such items must NOT go on bedside tables/coffee tables/etc. where tea cups and magazines pile up, but be placed in display cases/wall shelves or similar.
- No slipcovers.
- No useless antique books.
- No nautical or beach themes,floral-print fabrics, hunting themes, antlers.
- No nail-studded furniture.
- No chunky-legged tables or chairs.
- No whitewashed anything, no shabby chic, no streaky paint.
- No visual clutter. No carved wood items, unless each line of the pattern is distinct. No messy-looking floral bouquet/scallop/curlicue carvings.
- No items without a purpose, chairs you can’t sit on, etc.
- NO WHITE FURNITURE. WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE KIDDING?
- Watch out for mixed woods on items that are right next to each other. I don’t care what the rest of the world says, I just don’t think this looks good.
- Yeah right, as if I am going to have freshly-cut flowers in vases in every room and eat breakfast on the “veranda.”
- Why is everyone putting in white, Shaker-style cabinets in their kitchens? RESIST THE TREND.
- I like saturated colors. This works well with a basic white-wall color scheme, with black or white framing elements.
- Mixing antique items and modern items can be nice, provided points 1-11 are observed.
- I do like marble-topped tables, if the legs are relatively clean in design.