How Has Your Style Evolved?

How Has Your Style Evolved?

Misty Adair
Mar 2, 2010

A recent reader comment started us thinking: "I associate red walls with young people moving into their first place and painting it (sloppily) with colors their parents would frown on." Uh, oh. Guilty as charged. Once upon a time, we jumped at the chance to paint a room one of the brighter colors in the crayon box, but not anymore.

At Apartment Therapy, we subscribe to the belief that your home is an expression of who you are and we endeavor to inspire our readers in every way. It only makes sense that if you are forever changing as a person, your home must be constantly adapting as well. As you gather experience and wisdom, you alter your point of view. As your lifestyle changes, your household needs change. Even as the seasons come and go, the newest trends rise and fall, your preferences are bound to shift too.

We remember tentatively painting our first rental in sage green (so as not to offend the landlord), but later we gleefully painted a room in our home pizza sauce red (yes, the family did frown). We used to think of ceilings as a necessary white space overhead, but now we think of them as a fifth wall that can be enhanced by added color. Thanks to an abundance of home improvement shows in the 90's, we used to experiment with faux finishes. Now we just say no to faux.

This evolution of decorating style was organic. It came about naturally as we made the leap from our 20's to our 30's, as we went from renting to owning, and as we continued to widen our circle of decorating influence. Check back in ten years and we might just be painting our bedroom red to feel young and reckless again.

We want to know, how has your decorating style evolved? What influences the changes in your decorating tastes and preferences?

[Images: Home Tips, Benjamin Moore]

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