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Service of Who Gives Someone the Right to Criticize Your Design Choices?

Monday, February 17th, 2020

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The headline “Are Taxidermy Animals Distasteful?” in a recent Wall Street Journal sparked another question from me: “Who gives someone the right to tell another person yea or nay about their interior decorating?

The threat of being criticized or laughed at is why beige on beige has consistently been America’s color of choice for homes and apartments. It’s safe. What mother-in-law or know-it-all acquaintance would comment “This room is boring?” but they might assess with a crack and a wrinkled nose a space dressed in peacock blue or tangerine.

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The subhead of Allison Duncan’s Taxidermy Journal article reveals that the subject is more than one of taste: “Interior designers lock horns over using mounted beasts in décor. Some see them as celebrating the natural world, others see them as violating it.”

Even so, is it up to family and friends to lecture about the suitability of a person’s mounted moose head any more than share comments about food choices?

Editors, reporters and bloggers writing about color and home fashion trends as well as the plethora of TV design shows with the same purpose leave design decisions up to the home decorator. A good interior decorator works with clients but doesn’t dictate.

Has anyone made negative comments about your décor? Is there any instance in which it’s appropriate to critique someone else’s design choices?

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