The home is a living environment. It changes; it expands and contracts, altered by the very movements of the inhabitants as they flow through the space. This natural life energy makes decorating the home a truly unique artistic experience. Sure, you’re just rearranging things to make the place look pretty.
But when you look deeper, you are actually creating the stage of life. You are developing the backdrop to everything that will happen to you. Look around, if you were watching a movie of your life, what would the background look like?
So decorating a space is a form of living art. You’re not just interacting with the objects in the room; you are actually engaging what will ultimately be your audience, the people in your life. It’s a dynamic experience that will force you to adapt to the needs and habits of other people. However this is good, it’s what makes it a truly unique art form.
Part of what you have to do is anticipate function. You have to look at a room, and imagine how it can be set up in a way that will accomplish the goal of the space in the best way possible. If it’s an environment where you want people to feel relaxed, you have to make the space as comfortable as possible. If it’s a room with a purpose, then it might be better to add a little energy to the room.
The truth is that often decorating is a much deeper experience than we anticipate. We don’t just move objects around. It is about actually thinking about the symbolic nature of the possessions in our lives, and anticipating how others will react symbolically to these items.
In a way the decorative arts give you a deeper insight into the nature of the world around you. It is a way of looking past the basic nature of form, and into the meaning behind colors, shapes, and objects in our lives.