I find neutrals such as white, beige, gray, tan, and cream as the only color scheme in a room bland. I’m amazed to see that so many people really like Restoration Hardware. I got to hand it to Restoration Hardware. They are great at marketing their products but they aren’t helping the interior design industry and most interior designers don’t like Restoration Hardware. Perhaps the majority of people out there just want to play it safe and stick to neutrals rather than introduce unique colorful, patterned, and textured furniture pieces and decor into their space. I asked my friend why she liked Restoration Hardware and she told me because she likes the “earthy” look it conveys. Even though I don’t understand the appeal of Restoration Hardware, I can appreciate that my friend likes the look and feel of their designs even though I find it very blah and quite boring. I think most people would agree with me that when they have guests over, they want them to say “WOW, where did you get that light from or where did you get that coffee table from?” instead of saying “You got that at Restoration Hardware or Pottery Barn or Crate & Barrel”.
Most people want to be unique and special. They don’t want to dress like everyone else nor do they want to look like everyone else. The same is true of interior design and its products. Most people want unique one of a kind pieces that no one else has that not only speaks to who they are, but also evokes an emotion. For me, that means finding creative, colorful, and beautiful pieces that give my clients the “wow” factor. Restoration Hardware doesn’t do that in my opinion, so I’m curious why people are so interested in Restoration Hardware? For all of you who love Restoration Hardware, please let me know why!
Below are my pick of unique products (from affordable to luxurious) by talented designers that make me say “WOW”. I would definitely incorporate at least one of these pieces in a design I’m working on.