Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Confession Time

Okay, I have a basic question about human nature and tell me if you have the same issues or if I'm just a freak.

It takes me forever to decide on house decorations like wall colors, wallpapers and my current bane - curtains.

We've been without curtains in our master bedroom since we moved here in the summer of 2003. No before you think we're flashing the neighbors or something, we do have the blinds that came with the house - plain, white, and very non-light-blocking blinds. As a quick fix (five and a half years ago), I bought a sleep mask so I wasn't awakened every morning at 6:00 a.m. with the sunrise (or whenever the sun rises). Well, the thing is kind of uncomfortable, so I leave it off until the sun comes up, and then feel around aimlessly on the nightstand for the mask. It's inconvenient. It's annoying. But I do it every day. For five and a half years.

Why? Because I can't decide on curtains. What if I choose wrong? What if I don't like them? What if my bedroom, my sanctuary, suddenly looks dorky to everyone but me? And why do I care since nobody sees it anyway?

I don't usually have this kind of trouble with decisions. I approved some promotional art for The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers this morning while talking to my son and fishing a toy out of the toaster (don't ask). I fell in love with my car in a day, my house in a weekend, heck two years was all it took for me to marry my husband. But the curtains? Five years and counting.

What about you? Do you ever have trouble decorating a part of the house or is it just me? And if you are a savvy type, can you tell me what colors go good with blue walls?


azteclady said...

Are you sure you are not me? (or me you, or some such)

It took me over five years to put up curtains in the bedrooms upstairs (my poor kidlets suffered right along with me, thank you very much).

On the other hand, once I decide on something, it'll stay the same for decades... to the chagrin of those strange people around me who like to change things around every couple of years--which I find very disconcerting.

I mean, really, it takes forever to find the place where this or that belongs, why move it? Don't get it.

(Yeah, I belong to the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" school of thought)

Angie Fox said...

I had a friend at my old ad agency who would literally change her wall colors on a whim. Blew my mind. She'd say, "Angie, it's just paint. I can change it if I don't like it." Yeah, I never really got that.

On the up side, I think my 4-year-old daughter is like you and me. After we took down the Christmas tree this year, my husband moved an end table from one side of our "L-shaped" couch to the other. I was uncomfortable, but it did look good. And Jim really liked it. So it stayed. My daughter freaked a bit, kept asking, "But why is the table in the wrong spot? It doesn't go there. What if I want to put something on the table?"

Natalie Hatch said...

Cowboy print! Just let those horses roam free in your bedroom. lol.
Why don't you go to your local curtain fabric shop, take a picture of your room and get them to help you decide? That's part of their job in selling you the fabric/curtains (well at least here they do that because they want the sale).
It's only curtains Angie. You're holding out on the curtains because what if a bunch of demons come through that window and start puking all over your bedroom floor because your curtains are hideous?

Angie Fox said...

Oh thanks a lot, Natalie. Now I have to worry about demons too? Sheesh. Although I'd rather worry about demons than curtain patterns.

And if I went into a fabric store for custom made ones, I'd probably break out into hives. Talk about commitment. Those would be expensive. I'd have to like them. And how would I know until it was too late? I can't even pull the trigger on the curtains they sell at Bed Bath & Beyond.

theprogrammerwholovedme said...

I'm so glad it's not just me! I've been in my house since 2003, too, and still have paper blinds in the bedroom windows and about 20 paint squares in one corner. I've come to the sad conclusion that I'll probably end up slapping some beige on the walls right before we put the place on the market, lol.

Carmen R said...

I have never had that problem before. I have always been the type that just does something and if anyone thinks it looks like crap well they can just bite me. I don't have the time or effort to worry about the small things so I just don't. The only thing I worry about with curtains is if they are thick enough to keep out the sun and that's only because I am allergic to the sun. Maybe you can buy the cheapest and ugliest curtains you can find and put them up then after a few weeks you'll be motivated to hurry and make a real choice just to get the thrift store rejects out of your room

Angie Fox said...

LOL. See? They shouldn't give us blinds. That's just enabling.

I feel your paint square pain. At least the previous owners of our house painted the bedroom blue. Whew!

Angie Fox said...

Ohhhh...I'm liking the ugly idea. I could find the worst curtains possible and then you're right - it'll force me to move.

Maybe we could even have an ugly curtain contest on this site. I'll put up a different pair of thrift store curtains on every window, take pictures for you guys and open myself up to the kind of mockery I need to get off the fence.

aimdel said...

I'm a bit of the opposite of that, I decided on my curtains before I painted. I had to match the paint to the curtains. New I have one blue wall in my bedroom with matching Blue curtains on two walls, Oh BTW, White or Choc Brown works well with Blue, if you want a really cool pop of color go for Orange or Yellow. But really my favorite way to choose is just to go and look at the Bed-Bath-beyond ones and pick the FIRST ones you like in the color you like, Don't allow yourself to second guess. Just grab and run, you’ll end up surprised at how spot on your instincts are. Put them up and see how you like them. (And if you hate them, take them back!)

Angie Fox said...

Chocolate brown? That could be interesting. I don't want to do white, but I like the idea of a color that is kind of classic and blendy. I can't believe I'm actually thinking about doing this once and for all. You don't understand what a big step this is. Eek.

Shawn said...

First, blue is the way to go! And I would suggest blue and silver drapes, not curtains.....

I'm sort of a combination of most of you. I have the items that I love dearly that I won't part with until I have no choice. However, if I don't move the furniture at least once a week I go insane! I can't stand everything being the same day in and day out! I like having the same stuff, but not in the same place.

On the painting note, we recently moved. Our old house, I kept changing the paint color trying to find just the right one. Finally we figured out it was a shade of blue. This house, for some reason likes to be green (which I hate!) so it's been somewhat of a challenge for me!

Angie Fox said...

That's what I want to be like, Shawn. I love that devil-may-care, I'll move my furniture around every week attitude. I'm a pretty laid back person in general - except for my decorating issues.

I like how your house wants to be green. My downstairs likes to be yellow, but upstairs is still a bit confused.