by Nikki Willhite
I do, you do it, chances are, most of us do it. What is it? It is
what I call "Oatmeal Decorating."
We are all just too safe. We make the same "safe" decorating choices for
our homes, whether we like them or not.
Have you noticed on the decorating shows on HGTV how similar the rooms
look when they are done staging them? Sure, they are pretty, but after
awhile it is just plain BORING!
We are so afraid of what is going to happen if we have to sell
our homes, and what other people think,
that we have to follow the latest trends- especially when it comes
My favorite color is kiwi green. Do I have any walls in my home painted
that color. No. My green is as neutral as oatmeal.
Is anyone else tired of all the stainless steel and granite
kitchens, with the glass tile or tumbled marble on the wall? I know I am.
Where are the cute red ovens and the black and white checkerboard
How I miss the days when homes had personality. We cringe when we see some of
the wallpaper from years gone by, but you have to admit...... it had personality.
Just look at our cars. They have gone oatmeal too. Cars used to have color.
They use to have design elements. Now they all look the same.
As one who is very frugal in nature, I see the need to keep our material
marketable. However, I don't like it. The younger generation seems to think
they have to redecorate every 10 years, so why can't I have what appeals to me,
and they can just swap it out?
Give me a shiny red stove with a warming oven, a black and white checkered
and a cozy eating booth in my kitchen and I'll put on my apron and skates,
the music, and have some major fun in my kitchen.
I'd say I miss the "old days", but even I'm not that old. However,
from what I've seen, when it comes to decorating, it looks like they had a lot more fun!
About the Author: Nikki Willhite,
mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing
articles on the topic of
frugal living for over a
decade. Visit her at
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