I’ve been a bit guilty of this myself, so I sympathize with others who have a tendency to take things a little too far.
And by “too far” I mean: going too far in one direction, with budget and/or style, with a single space in your home, all the while kind of forgetting all that needs to be done in other areas of the house.
My husband accused me of this when I ripped out my upstairs bathroom.
And, well, he was probably right.
However, I have an excuse:
I do this. I do interior design all day and sometimes at night too. I dream design all the time and I will allow myself a few transgressions, such as enjoying some moments of overdesign and overspending in my own home or, in other words, my lab.
After all, no one is looking out for me and my overall project. No one is stepping back with an eye on the whole for me and helping me look at the forest instead of the individual trees.
Okay, so my husband would argue that he is, but really he’s just looking out for his pocketbook. ;-)
Part of the reason why you pay a designer is for this very reason:
You want someone to be your second pair of eyes, your trusted adviser.
You want someone who won’t let you go off the deep end. You want someone to slap you back to reality when you are wanting to overspend and go all out in the little room where no one will probably ever go to see and enjoy all you have done.
You want this person, someone who has your back and your best interests at heart, to be able to recognize and call you out on the fact that — while it’s easy to get wrapped up in the project at hand — you still have so much to do elsewhere in the home that would be a better investment, a better solution, and a better use of your dollars and energy in the long run.
Believe it or not, it’s hard for designers to not go overboard too.
We love to push boundaries! We love clients who want to spend and create and work a space to its greatest potential. We so often have our reins being pulled in that when we get into a situation encouraging unlimited creativity we’re thrilled to explore all the beautiful possibilities too!
It’s our job to step back and remind a client that the tiny bathroom upstairs — the one people will rarely use — is best to keep minimally designed because the kitchen and more public living area requires new flooring— badly. Or that the entry hall with only a basket full of shoes and a dirty, outdated lantern needs some attention before you put the finishing touches on your baby’s tricked-out nursery.
And while I’m definitely a fan of doing one room to completion at a time, I don’t like to see a client blow their entire budget in one space, leaving them without the additional money they need to take care of necessary improvements in other areas.
Want to know what I’m even less of a fan of?
Designing one room or space so that it is completely unrelatable to the rest of the house.
Forget resale value, it’s just a little peculiar. Why buy a house with a distinctive style when you really want another style that is incongruent with the house you bought?
Taking one space within that home to the nth degree in a completely unrelatable direction (like taking it way off course) and ignoring the architecture and style of the home is not a wise investment to increase the value of your property.
Now… If you just WANT it, and you don’t care about the overall flow and appeal of your home to others, then go for it.
If you’re willing to take a hit for it down the road when it comes time to sell, then do what you want. As a matter of fact… I’ll help you. :-)
However, if you want to spend your dollars wisely, add value to your home, and personalize a space so that it at least somewhat relates to the style of the architecture and spirit and neighborhood in which your home was built, then...
Tell your designer to keep an eye on you so you don’t wind up taking things too far in one room.
Because sometimes…we do need to be reminded. :-)