When we’re planning the interior design of our home, we start with what we want. The style and color scheme come first. We browse through magazines, websites, and social media for the elements of an industrial style or a Victorian-style home. We decide on color schemes by looking at a paint catalog from Life Specialty Coatings. The possibilities are limitless when it comes to deciding on what we want to find in the design of our homes. But that doesn’t mean that we fulfill everything that we want.
Unfortunately, we tend to hesitate and pull back a bit. We make sure that we don’t innovate and be playful too much with the design. This is so that we could maintain a sense of elegance and tradition in our home. But the truth is that we should hesitate. If we envision quirky design elements at home, then we should embrace that. This is what these three individuals did in their own homes.
Living Room: Multi-story Bookshelves and a Rock Climbing Wall
For those of us who are proclaimed bibliophiles, having a home that looks very much like a major library is the ultimate dream. However, we hesitate because it’s not exactly ideal to have a bookshelf that covers an entire wall that spans more than one story. But that’s exactly what Olivia Song did in her townhouse in Cobble Hill, New York City. Because the multiple floors of her home overlook the living room, she took advantage of the expansive wall and filled it up with books.
She didn’t stop there, though. She also installed a rock climbing wall right there in the living room. She has two young boys and they, unsurprisingly, are enjoying this home feature. By living in the heart of New York City, it means that the family doesn’t have much outdoor space for play. It’s not at all like living in the country. So Song improvised by installing a playground feature inside her home.
More often than not, the living room is often the most unused room. Families lounge in the entertainment room because the living room is for guests. But with Song’s creativity, she made sure that the living room is something that everyone in the family enjoys very much.
Kitchen and Bathroom: Offbeat Patterns and Prints
When we decide on what our wall and other furniture would look like, we just decide on the colors. Perhaps we would look through various textures and patterns to add a little bit of excitement to them. But we rarely decide on something that’s completely unique and out there. This is because repainting or replacing the wallpapers of our home is a very costly affair. So we want to get this truly right. Unfortunately, because of this, we tend to play it safe and settle with elegant but conservative walls and furniture.
But Gigi Hadid proves people wrong by pushing the boundaries of the design of her home. Many have marveled at her apartment in New York City. But her kitchen left such an impression on us. It’s because her cabinets are designed with dried pasta. Behind the tinted glass of her cabinets are various shapes of pasta.
Hadid’s playfulness also doesn’t stop there. Another noteworthy part of her home is a wall in her bathroom. The expanse of it is covered with prints of various covers of The New Yorker. This publication is well-known for its imaginative artwork. So the covers make up a great art display for the room.
Kids’ Bedroom: a Jungle Gym
For the bedroom of our children, we tend to get more creative. We want their rooms to always evoke joy and encourage play. In a way, these rooms would help make their childhood happier and more memorable. But, even if we want these things, we don’t always go all out. But that’s not what Hilary Duff did in her massive home in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.
For the bedroom of her young son, Luca, she decided to install an actual jungle gym. The bedroom is not at all just a place where her son could sleep. He could enjoy a slide, take a nap on a hammock, climb up the wall, and many other fun activities.
Through this, Duff makes sure that her son really does have a fun childhood in their family home.
When it comes to the design of our home, we all know what we want, what we envision. But, really, the problem is finding the courage to actually fulfill them. By knowing that some people didn’t hold back in how they want their homes to be, we could find inspiration and the courage to be just as quirky and innovative.