How do you look at a room?
Something that's been on my mind for awhile, and now melding together with the style threads and the pinboard suggested by anele.
When someone posts links to a house, ugly or beautiful, when I read others' comments, they always point out something I completely missed...I go back and there it is! How did I miss it!
So my question is how do you see a room? Do you look overall quickly and move on if it's not attractive? Do you look at a room in detail, even if it's not attractive? Do you scan the room by category...so look at layout, look at colors, look at art work, look at furnishings? If it's a room you really like, then do you look and analyze too? How high are the pictures hung, where are the window treatments? How are the books arranged? What are the shapes? How did they use scale, pattern, color?
Then my next question is, what do you do with what you learn? Do you look for a particular element and relate it to something in your house or a current project? Do you see unexpecteds and say, maybe I should try that?
The reason I ask is that, even when I like a room, when I start to look at the details, I usually find things I really don't like and usually a few WTF things. For example, this Stephen Sills room from anele's suggested pinboard
I glance at it and I see a very attractive room. But then I look at it again and I start to notice things I'd never do and things that I wonder, where did that come from? For example, that mirror is HUGE and it is so ornate in a space full of much cleaner lines. Say what? And then to be right next to the very modern, stark and angular geometric shapes on the fireplace. Huh? Then I look at the height of the side table relative to the sofa arm and I'm like "decorating no no!" And in my spaces, I don't think I could put a chair on just one side of the fireplace when there's room for flanking them, just like the drapes.
Or are all those "no-nos" and "surprises" simply why these designers get the big bucks and magazine spreads?
If so, then why am I such a chicken, and know at my core that if I tried to break a rule or do an unexpected in my room, it WILL look awful and I will HATE it!