Monday, September 7, 2009

How do you know when a room is overdone?


Women are told, "Remove one piece of jewelry before you leave the house" to keep from looking over-accessorized. Is there a similar rule for rooms?

Photo from Dovecote. I must say, it's not really fair for me to use a showroom photo because home stores are ALWAYS overdone.

29 comments:

Julia said...

When I get a headache inside of two minutes. That's ususally a clue for me.

Anonymous said...

I watched a dumb decorating/makeover show the other day, "Moving Up" on TLC, that had an interesting case in point. The room had only about three pieces of furniture in it, but they were so fussy, and so fussily staged, that you squirmed with discomfort, looking at it. Overdone.

Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

I love Dovecote! They are in the town next to ours and sometimes everything is overwhelming, but when you know what you are looking for it is a lot easier. I think they have so much they want to feature they have to put it all into spaces like this.

JennPez said...

I think if you look at it and think your presence would "ruin" it, then it's over done. If it's a room that looks welcoming or you feel like you could enjoy using it, it's just right. This one definitely falls into the former.

Anonymous said...

Decorno, you ask the best questions. I think a room's overdone when each item has the same visual weight - the same impact - as the others: Chandelier - KAPOW!
Honkin' huge, matching lamps - KAPOW!
Twin Sunburst Mirrors - KAPOW!
Zebra rug, ottoman, and multiple, identical pillows - KAPOW! KAPOW! KAPOW!
Overdone.
-MM

Brooke said...

it's over done when I feel like if i sit on the furniture, i'll F everything up! ;)

Anonymous said...

When a room looks like a store.

(I'm talking to you, very popular decorating blogger [not Decorno])

pach said...

There is the old saying about "synthesis"..
Beauty is achieved when you have reach the point that you don t need to add nor to remove anything

Up Mama's Wall said...

Too much symmetry makes a room look overdone and overly fussy. I also personally think a coffee table covered in knick-knacks is silly and overdone. Nice ostrich egg but where do I set down my damn glass.

Decorno said...

Ha. Don't worry. No one would confuse my house with a store. Unless it was the Dog Hair & Dustbunnies General Store. Then yeah.

Anonymous said...

When every chair has a pillow placed on it.

RJ said...

When it feels like you can't breathe in the room because there's just so much of everything -- color, texture, furniture, accessories -- then it's overdone.

Anonymous said...

It's overdone if it looks like something you would see on HGTV.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

When there's too much gilt catching the eye. A glimmer here and there, yes; Fort Knox, no. And too much precision in placement, ie not a bit of looseness or spontaneity (admittedly, it takes a lot of work to make arrangements look spontaneous). Add to this cushions so plump they basically never change their shape, largely reinflating the moment you stand up from a chair or sofa.

Lolo said...

When I picture myself knocking over things in an attempt to flop down and take a nap have a relaxing drink. Honestly, that might just be my decorating rule of thumb. "Would this be a nice room to fall asleep in or wake up to?" Close runner up would be "how seriously would I fuck it up after three glasses of wine?"

home before dark said...

When the introduction of a real person makes the room scream, "I don't like you!"

Kwana said...

I think it's overdone when you don't know where to look first and your eyes don't have anywhere to rest.

Anonymous said...

"When there's too much gilt catching the eye."

Yes, that's a big problem among Decorno readers.

B said...

When there's so much stuffed into it that you can't dust in 10 minutes or less.

slag said...

I'm pretty sure that having more than one or two zebra print items counts as overdone.

Anonymous said...

StyleCourt did a terrific post that sort of addresses this question. I love the idea of getting "trayed":

http://stylecourt.blogspot.com/2008/10/being-trayed.html

Anonymous said...

It's just like people: some people instantly put others at ease and promote happiness. Others are a chore. Avoid those people, and avoid those rooms.

Iheartfashion said...

Carefully arranged pillows bother me.

Anonymous said...

You people amuse me. Why are you so intimidated by Joni? She merely represents an opinion, a certain aesthetic. You all are the weird kids in the hall in high school. Grow up. There is room for all design styles. Go "mess up" all you want. Jeez.

Anonymous said...

Who is Joni???

Anonymous said...

My rooms are always overdone, I guess, by these standards; I just put everything in them that I like, and they end up looking comfortable to me

Rachel said...

Good question!
I never thought of it this way - but I agree with many previous comments that a room is probably overdone if you don't feel welcomed and comfotable in it. Of course, that is going to vary based on personal opinion.

And I didn't know you ran the Northern branch of the Dust Bunnies and Dog Hair General Store!! Nice to meet you - I run the one down in Texas!

The Countess of Nassau County said...

When you instantly know what the theme of a room is, overdone.

When there isn't room for a single piece to grab your attention - overdone.

When you can't picture anyone in it relaxing - overdone.

Anonymous said...

LoLo- i always LOVE your comments. Entertaining and good perspective.

And who is Joni? The only Joni who deserves the first-name title is Mitchell.