Am I the only one who gets a little fearful about home design-related decisions? From worrying that a paint color I'll pick will be ugly and a waste of money, to putting off DIY project ideas I want to try because I'm afraid they'll come out terrible (or worse, ruin a piece of furniture I was experimenting on), sometimes I let fear slip in and get in the way of progress. Sometimes by avoiding doing something wrong, I end up doing nothing.
There are a lot of things that may be holding you back from having the home of your dreams. Money. Lack of time. Not wanting to do anything permanent because you know you'll probably move soon (which is kind of a form of fear). But if it's fear of failing with a design decision or DIY project that's been holding you back, you may find some comfort, direction and motivation in the questions being asked in this post on Fast Company. Though these are more aimed at one's whole life or creative career, I found use in these questions when framed from a home-design perspective. Some questions the article sparked for me about home:
What design decision, renovation or DIY project would you jump into if you knew it was going to come out brilliantly no matter what? (Or, perhaps more accurately, if you knew it would be okay no matter how it came out?)
If you did pick the worst paint color ever, or if the furniture piece you were DIYing started to take a turn for the worst, or if your chance on a dramatic furniture piece didn't work in your space at all, how would your home recover? In other words, if the worst happened, what would happen? (And how would you fix it?) We're guessing it wouldn't be a matter of life or death, and that your clever self would know how to get the design back on the right track.
(Stealing directly from the article here) What if you did nothing? Would living with the beige wall you don't love for two years because you don't want to worry about picking the wrong paint color be the best choice? Would regretting not going for a piece of art that you loved but seemed too wild be more pleasant to live with than taking a chance on something?
If you're a fearless soul who's never worried one bit about whether or not a design decision was going to work out — these questions might be boring/useless for you! But some of us let fear creep in, even about things easily fixable like design and DIY decisions. If you're feeling some home fear — no matter how trivial or silly-seeming — ask yourself these questions today.
When has fear made you hesitate about a design decision? And how did you get over the fear? Jump right in? Research? Ask for help? Share! You never know what might inspire someone today!
(Image credits: Adrienne Breaux)