Whimsical Musings

Many considerations and factors go into the making of a great space. One of the important ingredients of a successful room is a touch of whimsy.

Whim-sy: noun
playfully quaint or fanciful behavior or humour
a thing that is fanciful or odd

Why is it important?

Whimsy keeps a space from being too self-important. Whether you recreate from images of rooms you love or hire a decorator to help you create your beautiful space, a well-designed room presents balance, proportion, coordinated colors and fabrics, great functionality, and a sense of style. Adding in the unexpected, however, can be the secret ingredient that truly makes the room.

A radio ad promoting home décor materials suggests we want to “make it magazine”, in other words we want our homes to look stylin’. Don’t think that means the space can’t reflect your character and bring out a smile or a chuckle in you and your guests.

How do we add whimsy? Add in the unexpected.

Think about something relevant to you such as your history, a favorite hobby or interest, and add it in. Place an antique train or camera on the coffee table, or a bust of someone you admire on the mantle.

When you absolutely fall in love with something at the store that does not fit your decorating scheme, give yourself permission to find a spot for it. Remember though, it’s a touch of whimsy I am suggesting and not a room full of misfits.

Break up furniture sets such as placing one non-matching interesting end table in your seating arrangement.

Mix in a different style piece, such as an urban renewal dining table with an antique sideboard.

Re-function a piece such as placing a dresser in your family room.

Bring the outdoors in; cut tall, wild branches from your yard, or display a piece of driftwood you collected.

If all the lights in your house match, change one in a prominent location to something fun.

Hang a mirror or grouping of mirrors in an unexpected place, How about beside a chair placed too low to use for your own reflection.

Change the ends of your curtain rods to something unique to you. Finials can be purchased separately and screwed into most existing rods.

Can’t think of anything? Ask for help from someone who knows you (family, friends, your decorator) to choose something which will trigger a positive emotion in you.

Whimsical choices often bend or break the rules of decorating. These rules can be critical to a successful room; proceed with caution. You may want to consult your decorator, who can confidently play with the rules.

If your home is on the market for sale, pack away whimsical touches which may not speak to the buyer. The way we live in our home is different than the way we sell our property.

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