I am a big follower of my gut feelings. I have learned, over the years, to trust my gut. I would tell my students that, after a semester of my class and law school, they develop a gut feeling about whether an argument works and they should listen to that feeling. I tell my kids to follow their instincts about whether something is right or wrong.
One’s gut is an important guide.
What I’ve learned lately is that I have developed (or, optimistically, maybe I always had) gut feelings about design and organization, too. This revelation was surprising to me, mainly because I just never thought about it before. I mean, I think about gut feelings with respect to choices in my job or in my personal life, but I never noticed whether I have one when it comes to design choices. But I do. Strong ones, apparently.
Why am I thinking about this now? Two words: curtains and Ikea.
I was drooling over paging through the new Ikea catalog (did anyone else reserve time in their schedule to read this? Am I the only one who’ll admit to it? Ok, fine…), and I saw these curtains. If you follow that link, you’ll see that they have a white background with a brick-red graphic pattern.
Instantly, I thought, “I love them. They will go in my breakfast room.” And I waltzed myself over to Ikea and bought them.
When I bought them, I did think – for just a second – that maybe I was insane. After all, my new kitchen and breakfast room are light greenish-yellow (Benjamin Moore’s “Sesame,” to be exact). The tile is greenish and grayish-blue and stone. The countertops will be gray (“Crystal Ash,” to be exact). Yet, I bought them anyway and was sure they would be great in the breakfast room.
I hung them up. Instant love. It was the right decision.
|The art is from my son when he was in kindergarten – how plants grow.
I like them there because they are next to the door out to our garden.
This color combo works for two reasons: (1) green and red are opposites on the color wheel, so they play off each other well; and (2) we have a rug in our breakfast room that has some brick red in it, so it coordinates well.
My contractor said, in a surprised tone, that he really liked the curtains here, too.
It was just a gut decision. I saw the picture and I knew… and I was right. I love them here.
Have you ever had a gut feeling about something and knew you were right?