Contrasts in Life

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Alexa Hampton said, “A room without contrast is like food without seasoning, or poetry without metaphor or rhythm. It is bland, flat, boring.”

The same is true about life. 

I love the juxtaposition of the washed out persimmon walls and the graphic floors. Design by Bunny Williams.

I love the juxtaposition of the washed out persimmon walls and the graphic floors. Design by Bunny Williams.

As we near the end of chapter 12 of 12, it is natural to think about the past and what is to come. It is natural to think about what we want to change, how we want to better ourselves, and what we are thankful for experiencing. 

Just like a monochromatic room can fall flat, a life filled with too-much routine wears thin.

We need the energy. We need the mistakes. We need the heartbreak. We need the surprises, and the joy, and the love, and the loss.

Contrast comes from the great layering of all of those things.  We can not always control that in life, but we CAN control how we react to them.

And we can control how we orchestrate them in the rooms of our homes and the decor of the seasons.

The art of contrast by one of my favorite designers, Richard Keith Langham.

The art of contrast by one of my favorite designers, Richard Keith Langham.

Too much contrast, and it is overwhelming.  Unplanned combinations and it’s unsettling. Too little and it’s bland.

Here’s to the new year, the new room, and the new choice.

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Two more of my favorite contrasting rooms:

Phoebe Howard's design.  -from the Foo Dog Blog

Phoebe Howard’s design. -from the Foo Dog Blog

Gail Plechaty's redesign of what was formerly the Playboy Mansion in Chicago.

Gail Plechaty’s redesign of what was formerly the Playboy Mansion in Chicago.

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