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Do you think it's acceptable to walk into another person's home and tell them how they should redecorate it so it's more to your liking?

Asked by breedmitch (12171points) August 22nd, 2008

Are you the type of person who often thinks you could make someone’s design better, or do you accept the design of the place you’re in and believe that your host must like it that way?

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flyawayxxballoon's avatar

Well, I often think that I could make the design better, but I would never tell them that. A person’s home is their place to make uniquely them. If they like it, that’s all that really matters. If my taste is different then theirs, that’s perfectly fine, but it’s not my place to tell them how their home should look, rather than the way that it already looks.

tinyfaery's avatar

I think that is sort of rude. If I like someone’s living space I tell them so, if I don’t, I say nothing. If someone asks my opinion I don’t lie, but I try to be pleasant about it. It really is all a matter of opinion.

flyawayxxballoon's avatar

I agree with tiny. If someone asked me what I thought, I wouldn’t tell them that I absolutely loved it when I didn’t, but I would try to break it to them gently. I would probably say something like, “Well that shade of [insert color here] isn’t a color that I’m personally a fan of, but everyone likes different things.”

sndfreQ's avatar

If the advice was unsolicited then that’s totally rude. If they asked for an opinion-fair game.

SuperMouse's avatar

I have absolutely no taste whatsoever, so I even if I did offer advice, solicited or not, it would be wrong. But no, I would not tell someone if I did not like the decor.

augustlan's avatar

My best friend and I will tell each other when something looks bad (be it clothing or home decor) using the phrase “You can think what you want, but I know the truth!” I’d never do it to anyone else, unless they asked for my advice.

cak's avatar

Absolutely not! That is incredibly rude!! Unfortunatley, I have a neighbor that does that to other neighbors. When she came into our house, she ooh’d and ahhhh’d and then went on to ask what store I got everything from. She would hold something up, “Pottery Barn?” I’d reply, “Nope, flea market.” I said anything but what she wanted to hear.

I may not like a person’s taste in decorating, but it’s their house, not mine. They may hate how I’ve decorated my house and that’s fine with me – they don’t live here! :)

rowenaz's avatar

Hhhmmmm. According to my mother-in-law, once you’ve entered the house, it’s an arena of taste death match. MILs always win, apparently.

AstroChuck's avatar

Are you kidding? Of course it’s okay. Why ask? Your place looks like sh**.

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