Western Home Decor and Why We Love It
The décor of any room is an art form. It is used as self expression and sets the energy for anyone entering the room. In my own life, my own sense of style is based on energy. The décor I choose must reflect a positive and open energy and an inviting taste. It is a display of how I choose to live and who I am as a person. It can be over the top or subtle and minimal, either way, it is important to portray who we are in our own space. Not only to make ourselves feel comfortable and at home but those who enter our space as well. In our society, we see just how important aesthetic has become in our own self promotion and branding. Aesthetic is an important part in décor. Within any given event or major gathering we can see just how much time and energy goes into carpeting, wall décor, lighting, and unique pieces. It sets the event apart and gives the audience an understanding of what the intentions behind the gathering may be. Before decorating any room we are given a blank wall, like a canvas and the décor we choose is the reflection of our own interpretation of the given space. We use these tools to tell a story and this is why décor is an important part of our society. It is an underrated form of art which takes a keen eye for detail and an articulate intention.
You never notice your surroundings more than when you are suffering under the 12th hour of an intense research paper. Surprisingly, it’s not writing itself like you thought it would, “Why did choose Mating Calls of The Patagonian Ice Seagulls?! You ask as you chug down your 3rd gigantic mug of coffee. You try to get comfortable choosing the perfect chair and the perfect spot with the perfect lighting. You arrange your books and your laptop in just the right way but, as the minutes tick away your mind goes blank again. You wonder why I can’t just break through this writers block. It might be the décor, an overlooked element for sure!
Being able to have a quiet, comfortable and inspiring place to study is of the most crucial elements of the college student, especially a writer. In fact, some of the most enlightened characters in history have had the mind to create for themselves a perfect nook for studying complete with their preferred lighting, seating and inspirational décor. A roaring fireplace, wall to wall bookshelves, art and memorabilia of expeditions past were par for the course in these studies as well as exotic or rustic furniture and artifacts. These were people of science, exploration and innovation; they knew that décor matters. These are the things I think about when I think about décor and what I want my study room to look like, comfort and inspiration are priceless to the student and scholar.
I’m a history major, so I find the 18th century studies of England to be most interesting and I often find myself looking through Google for pictures of such study rooms. As for myself, my study room is in the living room. I’ve taken over a small high legged dining table because I like to spread out all of my study materials out where I can see them. I have a single green bankers lamp from the 40’s perched near my laptop and a stiff high backed dark brown leather chair so I can sit straight back. I have a small soft shaggy rug underneath my bare feet and all of this is positioned near the east window so I can do my work in the light of the morning while I sip my coffee. Around me are several potted plants and artwork, my own and of some friends to inspire me.
I’m about to transfer to a U.C. and I can say without a doubt that one of the most important things I’ve learned in community college is that a perfect study with perfect décor can mean the world to a student.
Décor has always been in my life; I’ve had everything from carpets to paintings to doilies. I feel like décor is important because it can either make or break a room. When entering a house the first thing I look at is the décor, I want to see if the décor matches their personality. Décor is what brings a room to life and it also makes you feel welcomed. As someone who likes to decorate I enjoy looking for the endless possibilities décor can do for your house. I am currently a sophomore in college and next year I am living with several roommates and we want to come up with décor ideas that will best fit our personality. Décor says a lot of one person’s lifestyle and tastes. Indians have been making décor since before I was alive. My mom would tell me stories of Indians making quilts from when she was younger (We have a % of Indian) That is amazing that since before I was born people have been decorating and have been focused on décor. I feel as though it is socially normal for people to have décor in their house. If you do not have décor in your house then that is truly breaking social norms. Décor can range from anything to furniture, carpets, and even dog décor. Décor is in our everyday life and should continue to be in our everyday life. Psychiatrist state that décor can help ones emotions and help them cope with certain situations and make them either act our or act calm, which is why psychiatrist have décor around their office to make someone feel comfortable and at ease. In conclusion, I believe décor needs to be everywhere to make someone feel at home and/or welcomed, and it also is there for the enjoyment of yourself and others.