Using Hideous Rooms as Decorating Inspiration


by Charlene 18 Feb 2014

Looking at pictures of beautiful rooms can be inspiring. But did you know that hideous, outdated rooms can also be a source of inspiration? It may not be your first instinct, but how can you know what you like if you don’t know what you dislike? It’s a part of the same package, but it’s often neglected. Not sure what to look for? Here’s how to start:

Take Pictures of Your Own Home

Your home may not have hideous rooms, but there are probably rooms that aren’t your favorite. This is your chance to figure out why. Take pictures of your least favorite rooms. Then, study them on your computer. Find the areas of each room that don’t work. Once you can pinpoint those areas, the next step is to determine why you don’t like that space. Here are some questions to consider:

  • Does it have to do with the wall color? Accent or furniture colors?
  • Is it too boring or too eclectic?
  • How’s the natural light in the room?
  • Does the furniture placement make the room feel disjointed?
  • Do you have too much furniture in one room? Not enough?

If you need help pinpointing the problem, ask a friend to help. It can be difficult to view your own decor objectively. Letting someone else give their insight can help you see your home in a different way. Remember that you don’t have to do everything they suggest. Consider their opinions. Whether you use them or not is up to you.

Scour the Internet

If you’re looking for more ugly home inspiration, it’s time to scour the internet. It won’t be difficult to find large compilations of hideous rooms. Just as you did with your own pictures, start identifying what doesn’t work and why. Most likely, these will be easier to pick out than with your own pictures. Have fun with this part.

Here are a few to get you started:

1. What do you learn from the picture below? Be careful when experimenting with painting techniques. It’s great to try something new, but sometimes it’s best left to the professionals.

Photo Credit: Sears Ugly Room Contest

2. Bright colors are great, but they have to be used effectively. Instead of painting this much fluorescence on the walls, opt for bright accents to create a subtler, yet bold, look. You don’t have to use bright colors sparingly, but make sure there’s a method to your madness.

Photo Credit: Sears Ugly Room Contest

3. There’s nothing wrong with a minimalistic style. However, sometimes it can become a little too extreme. When this happens, a room can easily feel empty and boring. Is there anything about this room that makes you want to spend time in there? Minimalism can be done beautifully, but this isn’t it.

Photo Credit: Sears Ugly Room Contest

4. The individual components aren’t bad. The red walls could look great in another room, but not in this one. The room is too dark to have such dark paint, and it makes the room feel dreary and cave-like. What works in one room may not work in another. There are so many factors that can affect the outcome. Proper planning and experimentation can help you find the perfect home décor choices for each room.

Photo Credit: Sears Ugly Room Contest

Now that you’ve looked at plenty of ugly rooms, you know what to avoid. The more rooms, both ugly and beautiful, you look at, the more things you'll know to avoid. Don't forget to reward yourself by looking at fashionable, modern rooms for even more inspiration. And then create the dream home you've always wanted, one room at a time.

 

Charlene Jimenez

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