So here are some tips on how to work with quirky interiors.
- Show interest and get an understanding of how they live in their space.
- Find out what are the really important things in their interior that need to be retained and what is surplus to requirements, items put there because they had no where else to put them.
- Gauge how far they are willing to embrace new concepts and ideas, show them a few magazines and get a feel for what they like. Most people don’t like change, so you have a privilege that they have asked you to do it for them, it is not an easy job. Take you time, this front end of a client designer relationship is critical.
- Go for a shopping excursion and get a feel for what catches their eye, you will soon start to see a pattern. You may not agree with their style and quirky ideas, but you have the skills to bring it together and make to look good and be functional.
- If skulls and crossbones aren’t your thing, pretend that you are a set designer for a movie or play and create a challenge for yourself. I recently watched a movie where the whole house was full of American Indian paraphernalia, not to my taste, and yes it was quirky but edgy in a disturbing way!
- The main thing to remember is that you can design with a style, theme or period but you still need to make it a functional home. Take ideas and make them work , use period furniture and upholster it with a modern version of the fabrics of the period. Keep the room simple in design (like and art gallery) and decorate with the feature pieces. Make the quirky collections a focal point without distraction.
- Some people love to be surrounded in bright colors, this you may find quirky, but for some it is their way of expressing their personalities, bright yellows and bold reds, with a splash of purple. You can do this in a home if you don’t mix them all in one space, make them transition from one area to another. Keep the decoration simple so it doesn’t compete with the color.
The most quirky home I have been in had dead animals everywhere. They had been stuffed (taxidermy) and there was a bat hanging from the door frame into the kitchen, deer heads staring at me from the wall, a dog near the door to greet me. This was over the top quirky for me as it is something I would never consider in my own home. This person was a collector of many quirky things and in each room there was another surprise. Even on the lawn there was a flying saucer type contraption that was a 1960’s style form of accommodation with little oval port holes! I quite liked this but it was a little lost with all the taxidermy in the house, not quite the same theme.