Takeaways from ‘The Great Decor Debate’
In May of 2017, just over 1,000 Americans from all backgrounds were surveyed about their decor preferences in what has been named The Great Decor Debate.
The purpose of the survey, put out by AreaRugs.com was to determine whether so-called Interior Decor Rules do in fact rule or if they are an abstract concept thought up by the media. The overarching question: “Is interior design an art, a science or just a whirlwind of random options?” (Their words. Really, I would have worded it ‘Is interior decor an art…’, not interior design which is more involved than the content covered in these survey results. But, semantics.)
Their Statement on those surveyed:
We surveyed 1,003 American adults, including 515 men and 488 women, in May 2017. They resided in all 50 states and belonged to more than 25 professional industries. Respondents were presented with the various options in a random order to prevent response bias. Rules and guidelines were selected after an extensive research of dozens of popular design blogs and magazines. Not all questions concerned black and white “rules.” Some were instead an exploration of various options the average person could easily choose between.
For the sake of lending a Designer’s perspective, I will dive into a few of the results below. Specifically the results relating to toss pillows and best practices for hanging wall art.
Bed Pillow Arrangements:
Of the six options given, these three came out top and bottom. C and D were tied for most liked while option B was least favorited among the 1,000 respondents. My particular favorite is not shown in these options but option D was a close second to my first pick. I absolutely agree with the masses on picking option B as the most disliked option.
Toss Pillow Preferences for Sofas:
There were two question about toss pillows for sofas.
The first question asked if people like their pillows chopped (HAI-YA!) or unchopped. I don’t lean one particular way on this but it turns out most people these days, dislike the chop. I think a pillow simply tells you if it wants to be chopped or not. If I have a sofa with a great many pillows, I will chop some but not all. Some pillows are not made of materials that are easily chopped i.e. poly fill does not chop as well as down filled. Let the pillow speak to you.
The second question was strictly regarding pillow color. Do respondents like their pillows to be the same color (and presumably fabric) as their sofa? NO. Do I agree with them? YES, 100% of the time.
Hanging Triptychs Pictures of Varying Sizes:
The masses prefer their triptychs to be hung along a center line rather than top or bottom aligned. I must say that I agree.
Hanging Single Pictures:
Creating Staircase Galleries:
Only 2% of respondents liked the straight horizontal arrangement. The winner was the neat grid arrangement that follows the upward angle of the stair. I actually prefer the less neat, yet still cohesive mixed arrangement.
My Own Preferences:
There were more elements covered in this survey than the ones that I have outlined above. Scroll on to view all of my preferences.
There were 3 questions that I did not weigh in on because they were simply too subjective. 1: bedroom wall color 2: Ceiling color 3: Area Rug Style.
Many of my preferences were not aligned with the popular vote. I think this just goes to show that there really is no such thing as decor RULES. Preferences are just that — PREFERENCES.
TELL US IN THE COMMENTS BELOW WHAT YOUR PREFERENCES ARE!