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The nesting urge is a funny thing. In a sense, it’s about fighting a battle between personal taste and practical consideration, and coming up with a decorative environment that engenders the right emotions without making life impractical. A room full of cushions, for instance, might make you want to relax and chill out but it is unlikely to be very easy to clean. So instead, we specify a few beautiful comfortable cushions or items of soft furniture and leave the floor bare and easy to pass.
The colours and images with which we decorate our homes are, essentially, the nexus of our sense of beauty. They are the form that compliments the function of each room in the home. They are what let us personalise a place without destabilising its original intent so a bedroom remains a bedroom, a kitchen stays a kitchen and a bathroom is still a bathroom, but all may be made to look like we wish them to.
Humanity has always tried to put a stamp of personality on its environment. 10,000 years old cave paintings show that the importance of representational art in the human environment is not a new thing. Even then, clearly recognisable scenes were being used to bring some vision of the outside into the atmosphere of, and onto the walls of the home.
Why we choose the things we choose may always remain a mystery. The original home decoration seemed to deal mostly with representations of things clearly important to the lives of a cave dweller the seasons and the animals that were hunted for food and clothing. Modern home décor may follow a similar impulse we may still buy original art that displays evidence of our own preoccupations in terms of environments and the availability or otherwise of food and clothing. It’s just that the modern ways in which food and clothing are gathered have changed so much that the images we associate with them may have changed as well.
After all, what is a city if not the locus of jobs and food? Every cityscape we put on our walls, then, has an element in it reflected from those plain paintings of all those millennia ago. Then, the source of nutrition and safety was the savannah. Now, it’s an apartment block or a residential neighbourhood.
Originality is something we all seem to strive for both in the way we project our own personalities, and the ways in which we decorate our homes. Indeed, the home in its decorated state may be defined as the solid extrusion of its owner’s personality. The decorative touches we apply to those functional rooms change them from simple collections of walls and appliances, to places that we design and define as comfort and safety combined.
The images we pick, as noted, have a personal bent and may cover a wide gamut of styles, sizes and subject matter. The style and colour of a piece may also be seen, in certain situations, as more decoratively important than its subject.