Design Dilemma: Getting Crafty, Tastefully
Remember Aunt Jenny’s house? She was your favorite “crafty” aunt and she lived in a house filed with her knitted pillows and throws and little snowmen fashioned out of styrofoam balls. Maybe her home looked a little bit like this shot of an interior in the Roseanne Barr sitcom:
Yep, there’s the afghan throw over the plaid couch, and the crochet doily on the coffee table. It was indeed a look… but maybe not the one you’re going for in your own home today. On the other hand, let’s say you adore knitting, crocheting and quilting. Is there any way to reconcile crafty impulses with modern design? We say, yes!
The key is simply to avoid the impulse to overload. Take a look:
In the two bedrooms pictured above, vibrant “crafty” quilts stand out as a centerpiece in otherwise minimal or very restrained rooms. The first bedroom features white walls and a beige rug — it doesn’t get more neutral than that. The second room is not minimalist, but is still restrained with gray walls, white floors and a white cowhide rug and an upholstered taupe headboard. There’s no mistaking what is star of the show here. See the same design principle applied below, where the entire palette is kept to a pale blue and white:
Below, it’s the fact that one colorful afghan rug is allowed to steal the limelight:
And below, it’s the unexpected addition of a couple of crochet pillows which add the extra punch:
Here’s another tip: Try using crafts in less traditional ways.
For example, why not knit a pouf?
Or better yet, two poufs? And if you chose a solid bright color, there’s even more impact!
Finally, when you’re incorporating crafts and knits into your home, don’t forget about your underlying style and theme. You want your new addition to complement whatever else is going on in the room. In the room below, the knitted pillow works splendidly with the other textiles in the room. The patterns and colors feel deliberate and not haphazard because the designer has modified the scale and texture of each element.
Same goes for the handmade bird pillows and the afghan rug below:
So let’s sum up. Craft items like knitted throws, handmade pillows, and crochet blankets and poufs can be a wonderful addition to any home, lending a sense of personality and warmth. And just because you use them doesn’t mean your home has to feel like a Roseanne set.