In our line of work, a perfect home is what every home owner wants us to create at the end of the day. Ideally, the colors on the walls match or complement those in the furnishings, the furniture play off each other nicely and all the finishes should be glistening. Mind you, some even wanted the cutlery sets to match.
Now, I've been designing many home interiors for a wide ranging group of people for a long while - so long that I've actually become immune to that very word 'perfect' in recent years. And in my humble opinion, perfect is overrated. If you look around you, nothing is perfect. It can only be a matter of whether something is more suitable for one person than the other. We all have different styles and there is no one size fits all.
As Apartment Therapy reveals, tension in the home (not between the family members, of course) can be a good thing when designing or decorating a home. "To guard against the dreaded matchy-matchy, I always like to go in at the end and, well, mess things up a bit. Add an unexpected accessory, hang something off-kilter, or paint a piece of furniture a really weird color. Others might consider this creating a mismatched or eclectic look, but I think of it as creating a bit of tension." Contrast is an important feature of any space. If everything is in one tone, there is no excitement to the ambiance.
Lisa Federick added on Houzz that going down the eclectic route, instead of striving for perfection, "reshuffles the rule book, mixing and matching old and new, East and West, luxe and humble, showy and quiet. It invites you to fill a space with objects you love and unique finds that strike your fancy. Simply put, it's you, curated". An 'imperfect' home is in fact perfect for its owners as long as their personalities are retained. Without that, a home loses its soul and falls easily into the trap of looking like just another home in those décor magazines.