Monday, August 1, 2011

Tv is Tv, not real life

I am not usually a watcher of design shows.  They tend to frustrate me more than inspire, but that is another topic for another day.  The point I am trying to get to is that in spite of myself, I am an avid Design Star fan.  This show is a competition for interior designers aired on HGTV.  It's become a guilty pleasure of mine each Monday night.

A couple episodes back, David Bromstad, one of the show's hosts and an HGTV designer himself, said something that I LOVED!  As the designer's prepared their assigned rooms for that week's challenge, a few of them were struggling.  David reminded them that designing for TV is different than designing for real life.  FINALLY! Someone expressed on national television what so many viewers needed to hear.  When you design for a camera, you have a whole different set of needs than when you design for someone's personal space.  Bromstad, reminded them that the camera reads bold colors, solid fabrics and sharp contrast very well. 

When people see these bold and electric rooms on TV and try to mimic them at home, the result is bad news.  When in a space like this you can feel anxious, antsy & uncomfortable.  At the very least, you'll probably get a headache.  Also consider that sharp contrasts don't appeal to everyone.  Don't misunderstand what I am saying.  These shows can be great inspiration to many and show others what possibilities are out there in the world of decor.  I am simply trying to remind people that not everything on TV can be transferred over into real life with great success.  Maybe the network should put a "Don't try this at home" disclaimer on the screen.  Just a thought...

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