The Happy Medium in Design {Get to Know You}

The Happy Medium in Design {Get to Know You}
Elle Decor / Design by Rita Konig / Wallpaper by Pierre Frey / Photo by Eric Piasecki

Yesterday on social media I posted a link to a post I wrote a couple of years ago called Finding the Happy Medium in Design. As I reread it I realized I would say pretty much the exact same thing today about my style preferences! I feel best with a happy medium, what I think (for our house) is a good balance between serene, serious, or calm elements and fun or somewhat more lively ones.

The Happy Medium in Design {Get to Know You}Elle Decor / Designed by Nate Berkus / Photo by Roger Davies

When I think of what I would consider a very serene room, I picture a quieter mood with solids or textures and less color and limited bold design patterns. When I think of a really lively room, I picture lots of colors and wilder or more bolder patterns all in one space. Of course, it’s all personal and there are so many ways to dial up the energy or tone it down to suit your taste.

The Happy Medium in Design {Get to Know You}Sam Allen Interiors

I actually really love completely serene or calm rooms I see in some photos, but I know for myself I probably wouldn’t be as happy living in them unless there are at least some surprises in patterns or stronger colors somewhere in the house. It’s all in the balance for me, both in the room itself, and in the house as a whole.

And on the other extreme, too much liveliness is just too much for me. I like rooms that show some restraint.

The Happy Medium in Design {Get to Know You}Brown Eyed Fox

Design is so very personal! Even if we love certain design style or color schemes in photos online, what we actually feel best living with can be something altogether different. I really enjoy looking at so many design styles for inspiration and ideas. I find it interesting to see how varied style options actually are. If you follow only certain bloggers or a specific magazine, you almost think there’s only one look or color scheme everyone is going with, or that everyone is leaning one style direction or another.

The Happy Medium in Design {Get to Know You}JAS Design Build

But when you look at a variety of sources, you’ll find there are still SO many fun options in colors and looks! It’s fun to see how interesting design is around the world, across the country and among people who bravely make their homes so unique and personal.

Your home should tell YOUR story, so whatever design layers, colors and pattern mix feels right to you is just right.

I love all of the rooms in this post, by the way :).

 The Happy Medium in Design {Get to Know You}

Today I thought it would be fun to do a little “get to know you” time in the comments, it’s been awhile since we’ve done one of these posts!

So, delurk, introduce yourselves and let’s talk in the comments about whether you feel most at home with one a more calm serene look or a more lively one, or if maybe you land somewhere in the middle! Ready, set, let’s chat!

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Color Inspiration: A Soft and Subtle Palette

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Get To Know You: Design Trends

Get To Know You: Design TrendsGet To Know You: Design Trends

Let’s chat today! Since we are just getting into the new year, I wanted to pause for a moment to thank you for your support and friendship over the years. Your comments and visits here (and on social media) always mean so much to me! Even if it is just a short update on what projects you are working on or a “me, too!” comment, it is so nice to know you are out there. It can be a little strange to type into this screen and have no idea who is going to be on the other side, so I really love reading your cheery hello’s, responses to my questions or even your questions back to me because they really do remind me that you are out there! You are such a positive and encouraging group. I just love that, so thank you.

I know there are so many people one can follow on social media these days, and millions of blogs offering inspiration and great content, so the fact that you take the time to visit here means a lot. Thank you.

One of my favorite things about blogging is having the opportunity to get to know YOU. In previous “get to know you” posts I’ve asked you to tell me about your home, and to share what your decorating style is. I really enjoyed reading through all the responses and hearing a bit more about where you live!

Today I thought it was a good time to ask your thoughts about current design trends. I enjoy so many styles (and I don’t really like to get pigeon-holed into any one style so I can keep my options open) but it is fun to at least be aware of what’s out there. I think it’s important to incorporate what you like, whether it is currently trendy or not. Fortunately there are many design styles, so we don’t have to all have a cookie cutter look. I love that there are many unique ways to express individuality and creativity.

I’m curious about your thoughts on the evolution of home decor and design styles. Do you feel like you are evolving along with the most current trends, or are you just sticking to what you’ve always loved? There’s no right or wrong answer, it’s just a fun discussion. What do you love most right now? What furniture style (or general look) appeals to you? What colors are you drawn to? What are some of your favorite design elements right now?

Even if your own home doesn’t reflect what you currently love in the design world, I’d love to hear what you think!

Let’s discuss and get to know each other better in the comments!

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