Viva design democracy… and doing your own thing!

30 Jul

Ok, you’re probably all looking at the title of this post and thinking I’ve gone mad. (As usual, you might be right.)

Design democracy? What the heck is that?

Well, up until recently I’d never heard the phrase either… it’s not exactly something that gets dropped into dinner conversations. But then I got nominated for mydeco’s blog awards (you can vote for me here) and they asked all the nominees to write a post about ‘Design Democracy’.

Now I’m not a designer. Or even an interior designer. I’m just someone who likes pretty, practial things.

I like colour and fun. Junk furniture and bargain buys. I like what I think is cool, not what I’ve been told is.

So my opinions on design are just that… my opinions.

And that’s what I think design democracy is.

It’s not about being dictated to… it’s about about what you like, what makes you smile, what makes you feel happy.

If you want to paint your walls black, go ahead. If you want to go beige, well, that’s your choice too. Red, yellow, blue… that’s totally up to you.

Love mid-century modern furniture? Eat your heart out. More of an Ikea gal (or boy)? Well, why not? Got a mish-mash of well-loved bits and bobs? Don’t let anyone make you feel you need to replace any of it.

This isn’t a revoluntionary theory.

Just that your home – and the things you buy/acquire/covet/live with – should be ‘you’. After all, rules are for fools.

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6 Responses to “Viva design democracy… and doing your own thing!”

  1. Tonia 30/07/2010 at 12:39 PM #

    I like your idea of design democracy – sadly not allowed a black wall (the husband claims to have an opinion)!

  2. Jules 30/07/2010 at 4:33 PM #

    Here, here! Same goes for so much in life I think.

  3. Patchwork Harmony 30/07/2010 at 6:03 PM #

    Well said!! Can’t wait to see the new kitchen too! X

  4. Becky 03/08/2010 at 12:16 PM #

    Just voted, love your explanation of design democracy!

  5. Lisa-Marie 03/08/2010 at 3:32 PM #

    I think you hit the nail on the head. Most of our stuff is a mish mash of things we’ve been given (generally to my taste), and the furniture that was already in the flat. Not being able to paint or decorate means we are limited to accessories, but the most important thing is it’s cosy and feels like home!

  6. Gaynor 18/08/2010 at 10:21 PM #

    I totally agree, its all about what you like and what makes you happy!

    As an architect we sometimes get others talking about what they love and what we are all supposed to love too but it would be boring if everyone liked the same designs!

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