How Much Is Too Much? 8 Rooms That Get it Right

How Much Is Too Much? 8 Rooms That Get it Right

Susie Nadler
Sep 9, 2009

Decorno posed an interesting question that made us think about our love for busy, eclectic rooms. How do you know when a room is overdone? We tend to love rooms with a lot of pattern, color, and energy, but surely there's a limit to this kind of aesthetic abundance. Our favorite rooms manage to pull off the look beautifully without overdoing it. Check out some examples, from San Francisco house tours, of rooms that have a lot going on and yet avoid looking overdone...

Decorno reminded us of that helpful rule in women's fashion: Remove one piece of jewelry from your outfit to keep from looking overdone. This seems like a good rule for decorating too, but it's so often difficult to tell where exactly to draw the line.

The eight rooms above are all very "accessorized," with lots of personal touches, colorful add-ons, and crazy textures, and yet to us they feel perfectly put together.

So just what is it that makes these rooms work? What do you think? How do you decide where to draw the line?

Click over to Decorno to read her readers' comments on the topic too.

Pictured, from left to right:

Scott and Marie's Perfectly Put Together Home
Sam's Carriage House Meets Gypsy Caravan
Lisa Solomon's Eclectically Curated Home
Alina, Vice, Joey, and Sean's Mystical Punk House
Leigh's Rockridge Dollhouse
Angelique's Crafty Bohemian Family Home
Paul's Eclectic and Elegant Home
Sasha's Excelsior Escape

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