As I was browsing through the assignment bank, the “Create your own room” web assignment caught my eye. Maybe it was because of the house-creation online games I used to play as a kid, or perhaps because for quite some time now, I’ve had a Pinterest board for cool home-and-bedroom-related ideas (many of them far too elaborate and/or expensive to ever dream of creating). Whatever the reason, I decided that this would be a fun assignment to complete.
The assignment was called “Create your own room”, and this is the description:
Ever thought of creating your own dream room? Now you can! Using pinterest find rooms, furniture, colors etc. From there write a blog post about why you chose everything! This is your dream so make it as crazy and out of the box that you can think of!
The first part of the task—finding photos—was easy. I had plenty of material to work with, given that I’ve had my Pinterest account for a few years now and have several hundred pins saved to my “No Place Like Home” board. The second part, which was selecting the ones that best represented my ideal room, was trickier.
Also, before I started gathering photos, I noted that although the assignment prompt included a picture of a bed (implying that the task is to create a dream bedroom), it only said “room”. Theoretically, if I had wanted to, I could’ve chosen any type of room. I decided that I’d go along with the idea of a dream bedroom, since that seemed the most fun to me.
As I picked and arranged the photos in this post, I started recognizing how my stylistic choices were reflective of my personality in some ways. I have more to say on that as well as my understanding of the assignment in a larger context, but I’ll write about that below the collections of pictures I selected.
Gallery #1: Cozy, cluttered, “boho”, & rustic:
Gallery #2: Neat, minimalistic (well, more so than the above gallery), calm-colored, & inviting:
Gallery #3: Collection of things I would enjoy having in my room:
The first thing I did was go to my Pinterest board to grab some photos and dump a whole bunch of them onto my post. Once I felt like I had enough, I started to truly look through them and distinguish between the different styles, themes, and colors. Next, I selected the ones that jumped out at me the most. There were dozens more that I considered including, but I knew that I couldn’t keep ALL of them. The pictures on this post are the ones most representative of my taste. The majority of the images are centered around the bed aspect of the room. Obviously, I categorized the bed-centric photos into two “types”. I don’t know if I could say I like one better than the other, but they are both attractive to me.
I categorized/classified the first set of photos as “Cozy, cluttered, “boho”, & rustic.” The beds and rooms in the pictures are very elaborately decorated, with lots of blankets, pillows, and various decor including canopies, plants, lights, and wall decorations. These setups look extremely comfortable and cozy to me. They seem like refuges from the world in a way, like soothing, safe places to relax and rest. I don’t spend a lot of time in my bedroom at home; I think that’s partly due to it not being very neat, but also partly because I’m more extroverted than introverted. I don’t feel the need to spend a lot of time completely away from others. So, the idea of a bedroom being a fun, cozy place where I would enjoy spending more of my time is somewhat new to me. Another reason this style is appealing to me is because I’m not naturally a very organized person; I tend to have my stuff all over the place, and on most days I’m fine with that.
Looking at Gallery #2, I realize that it’s the kind of bedroom that I would’ve wanted a while ago, especially in my younger teen years. (It feels so weird saying that…it’s still very odd to me that I’m actually out of my teens now.) Growing up, my room at home was in a near-perpetual state of messiness. Additionally, I didn’t have a lot of matching things or a “color scheme” for my room. I think because of those two factors, a neat, fairly simplistic room with matching colors felt very appealing to me (and it still does). The photos have many light pinks, blues, and whites throughout. And of course, the coziness is definitely a factor.
The third collection of photos was mainly of accessories or features of the room that weren’t directly about the bed. What’s interesting to me is that an IKEA cart and a papasan chair are naturally things that I’d like to have in my ideal room, and I already own them. To me, the middle three pictures in the third gallery represent my desire for a comfy hideaway. Blankets, cat, snacks, lights, stacks of books….yes, please. Next, there’s the photos on the walls. I don’t really have any pictures up on my wall at home; I think I’d enjoy having photos of my family, friends, and pets up where I can see them at a glance, and perhaps some artwork too.
One of the fun things for me in collecting these pictures was realizing that I’m kind of on my way to a dream bedroom. I have an IKEA cart and papasan chair. I have a duvet for my dorm bed similar to the one in the top middle picture of Gallery #2. Right now, I’m not looking to make any drastic changes—I’m honestly happy with the room I have now (well, both my room at home and my dorm room). In the future, though, I’d love to experiment with styles along the lines of the pictures I’ve put in this post.
As I mentioned before, I feel like these bedrooms are reflective of my personality and my taste. The atmosphere of these pictures appears to be warm and inviting, both of which are things I naturally tend to be. They seem to be places where I can enjoy doing things, whether that’s creating something new or relaxing and reading a book.
As I made this post, I thought, “You know, a typical guy probably wouldn’t do this assignment.” And before you, the reader, begin protesting that I shouldn’t assume such things, notice that I did not say ALL males. I said a typical one. There is literally no shame in making this kind of post, and I wanted to dig into that a little more.
This is getting away from the main point of the post a little, but it’s part of my reflection on the theme (“What’s your story?”). I tend to want to remove myself from the idea of being “girly”. I don’t want to be thought of as weak, or less than, or stuck-up, or afraid of getting dirty (in other words, caring about my appearance). This suddenly feels like I’m baring a bit of my soul on the internet in a way, but my guess is that many other females feel the same way. There is a general stereotype that caring about any kind of physical appearance is not only a female thing, it’s a shallow thing. It’s one of those associations we tend to carry around without even thinking about it.
The assignment of creating a dream bedroom through photos is something that interests me. And it’s nothing I have to defend myself over. I don’t have to defend myself over loving the colors pink and purple in addition to blue and green. I don’t have to pretend that I don’t enjoy things that are soothing and gentle or that those characteristics aren’t part of what I’m like. Additionally, on a slightly different note, my enthusiasm and extroverted-ness do not negate my less outgoing traits.
And it is not bad to be soft. It is not bad to be soft in such a hard world. It is a thing I am still learning, and I want to blanket myself in these colors and styles that reflect my gentle-yet-enthusiastic personality. I’m learning it’s okay to claim these kind of adjectives for myself; I can say I’m friendly, I can say I’m a positive and optimistic person, I can say I’m creative, I can say I am compassionate and caring and kind, and it does not necessarily mean I am bragging about myself. It is actually acknowledging traits I have. It is still quite a fragile thing for me; I still hesitate, but I think about how I used to hear other people compliment me, and I would automatically feel like I should be at least slightly in denial. It seemed like social convention to do that. It’s not something I want to do anymore. I’ve heard enough about me over my lifetime to know that people generally consider me to be those things I listed before about myself. I can say that with confidence.
I think this post has been an exercise not only in finding and displaying pictures of room setups that I like but also in reflecting on my personality and my acceptance of the traits I have. Out of the three assignments I completed this week, I would say that I discuss myself the most in this one. It’s a little terrifying to post this, honestly, but I think it’s important. It’s what I think, and it’s authentic, which is a quality I truly value.
Lastly, this is a set of colors I like that I would love to include in my ideal room. It’s a mix of sparkly and light, and I love it. I don’t think I’d want them as wall colors, but I’d find a way to fit them in somewhere.