Some people have an innate sense of beauty that is often reflected in a fine personal style. No matter how hard you try, it seems impossible to understand their secret.
Yet, aesthetic sense can be cultivated, developed and transformed into taste. Beware, though: style and fashion are different things and, as Coco Chanel used to say, “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” Nothing is farther from style that merely emulating fashion and trends. This applies for clothing as for the choice of a car or home decor.
When it comes to furnishing, there are some common mistakes to avoid in order to create a space that reflects our own style and personality, not someone else’s.
Some design cult pieces are like high heels: so beautiful to see but terribly uncomfortable. When it comes to furniture, aesthetics should not sacrifice functionality and comfort. What to do with a wonderful sofa if its seat is not comfortable? Or if its coating is so delicate one is afraid to ruin it just by looking at it?
The solution. Aesthetics or functionality? Believe it or not, is it possible to have both. Husk sofa, created by the designer Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia, for instance, has an original design, yet it is comfortable and welcoming. Similarly, Standard sofa by italian manifacturer Edra, designed by Francesco Binfaré, combines original aesthetics with the comfort of a spacious and soft seat. Budapest Soft sofa, designed by Paola Navone for Baxter, has a beautiful line, generous dimensions and a comfortable seat.
You saw it in showroooms and decor magazines, it became the object of your desires and you eventually bought it. When you saw it in your living room, however, it seemed strange and out of place as a giraffe at the North Pole. It often happens with trendy items, they seem incredibly desirable but they just reflect someone else’s style, not our’s.
The solution. If you love the design, it is right to keep up to date on news and new proposals. Among these, however, you must be able to identify those that really do for you and suite your home style. A classic and timeless design piece, not affected by fashions and trends of the moment, is Saarinen table by Alivar, which is named after the designer who designed it in the 50s, Eero Saarinen, one of the exponents of the Bauhaus school. Like all design works that become cult, this table has a simple design, surprisingly simple yet ingenious.
You read on Best Homes and Gardens that the color of the year is Tangerine Tango, so you decided to paint all the walls of your house in orange. Adventurous choice that will hardly please you on the long run.
The solution. If you like colors, focus on accessories that you can change or relocate easily as rugs, curtains, pillows, removable covers, paintings. Look at this rugs by Casalis, for example: Opera is 100% mohair wool, Cosmo comes in bamboo, Merino wool or ramie.
A status symbol is a lifestyle statement. If your lifestyle does not include endless hours in front of the TV, it makes little sense to coat the wall of the living room with a 72-inches screen, as it makes no sense to buy that beautiful table that seats 12 people if you can cook for a maximum of 4 .
The solution. Decorate your home with furniture and objects that really reflect your lifestyle and meet your needs. All that purchases for purely aesthetic and decorative purposes will tire you quickly. Designer Jasper Morrison says: “Special is generally less useful than normal, and less rewarding in the long term.” This means that when a designer tries at all costs to be original and out of the ordinary, often loses sight of the object function. Low Pad armchair, designed by Morrison for Cappellini, fully expresses the vision of the designer: it is appealing, essential and young, yet it is comfortable and functional.
The white velvet armchair is beautiful but no, you cannot sit there to enjoy your coffee or a glass of wine, it’s just too dangerous. And no, you can you cannot sit there if you are wearing jeans, because the seams of the pockets will wear the velvet. However, you may look at it, no problem.
The solution. When choosing materials and coatings, think about the use of a table, a chair, a sofa or armchair. Some materials are more resistant and easier to clean than others, some covers are removable and can be washed or replaced. The bed Nebula Five of Diesel with Moroso has a unconventional, ironic and creative style and you just want to curl up on it comfortably to read or watch TV … without fear, because the linen finishing is completely removable.