In nature some animals use their camouflaging colors to stay off the menu of other animals, they play hide and sneak neatly to blend in the surroundings, or to change their look completely, such as the butterfly in the photo that takes the form of a leaf.
This is what happen in the animal world, but what happens when we buy sofas or carpet because the fabrics remind us of something else? I came across a few pictures this week that really struck me. I thought it is really odd women want to look like their furniture. Did the cat in my photo come before the carpet or after the carpet was installed? Poor cat, he is bound to be stepped on, he is really hiding in that carpet pattern!
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Miriam thought was well dressed and she was until she sat on the sofa. I don’t think that sofa belonged in her house, I am sure she would have not bought a dress that looked like an upholstered piece of furniture. A little common sense will suffice when buying furniture.
(Above Ann Taintor’s quote)
In the ’70’s was a common practice to get dressed in the sofa colors and patterns.
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During the Victorian era when people used to go to grand balls, women lined the walls waiting to be asked to dance. The least attractive women who didn’t get to dance much remained part of the wallpaper. Would you like to disappear in the background, or be considered one of the cushions of the sofa? The woman in leopard print showing a lingerie piece is a perfect example.
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We designers often fuse fashion and interiors. We look for curtains or upholstery fabrics to create different fashion. I am guilty of that as well, or extravagant enough to dare. If I use an upholstery fabric for one of my fashion creation, I don’t cover a sofa afterward with the same fabric and then sit on.
Being coordinated and color conscious is one thing and unless you can pull it off in style, like the woman in red, don’t be matchy-matchy with your interior.
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