Crazy Door Art: The Place for Self Expression?

Crazy Door Art: The Place for Self Expression?

Kristin Hohenadel
Jun 19, 2008

Magazine editors love the old publishing maxim, "three's a trend!" This leopard door (note the coordinating welcome mat, if you will) is the third example of a trend I've noticed recently while roaming the arrondissements of Paris doing house tours for AT. Many Parisian apartment buildings have anonymous doors painted the same color, without names or numbers. But in the building where Pierre and Masa live, someone on their floor has decided to break that tradition with a roar...

This door next to Pascale's apartment in Montmartre is personalized with English and French slogans -- one of which warns the visitor that smoking is reserved for the balcony.

And finally, a neighbor in Jean-Marc's building tagged the walls of all four floors -- with the blessing of the other inhabitants.

For apartment dwellers, dealing with your neighbor's taste is usually limited to what you can glimpse through a window, the contents of their balcony, or their taste in music if the walls are thin. But these full-blown statements are hard to ignore. So what do you think? Are door murals and bumper stickers a no-no or do you believe in your neighbors' right to self-expression, no matter the aesthetic consequences?

- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. If you have an idea for a European house tour, please write kristinh @ apartmenttherapy . com

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