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How To Express LGBTQ Pride in Your Interior Decor. Like Why Not?

If you’re in the midst of redecorating and looking for ways to demonstrate pride at home, there are many stylish ways to do so without simply turning your house into a rainbow.

There are many creative ways to show your LGBTQ pride at home, including researching historic LGBTQ interior design ideas, playing with bold accent colors inside your home, and using social media to adopt some trending design ideas.

By incorporating such interior design ideas into your remodeling, you are not only finding stylish ways to decorate your home, but you’re also creating an inclusive space and directly supporting LGBTQ artists and designers.

  LGBTQ Interior Designers

Before you get started on redecorating interior areas of your home, consider doing some research on the history of LGBTQ interior designers. You may be surprised how integral the community has been to modern interior design, and their contributions may change the way you want to decorate your home. 

  Elsie de Wolfe

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One majorly influential designer was Elsie de Wolfe, an actress and interior designer born in New York City in 1865. De Wolfe was a prominent figure in New York City, Paris, and London. In 1913, she wrote the influential book, “The House in Good Taste.”

There are many areas of interior design we can attribute to de Wolfe, including the softer colors and lighter fabrics that replaced the heavy drapery and dark wallpaper of Victorian Era design. The light, airy, and more feminine aesthetic was a welcome change in the 1900s, and caused de Wolfe to be considered America’s first decorator. 

Although light and airy is now a widely adopted style across the world, if you like de Wolfe’s ideas and overall influence of style, consider buying a copy of “The House in Good Taste” and incorporating more of her foundational ideas in your home.

Decorating with soft colors and light fabrics is a good way to open up any room, and although a stranger may not pick up on the decorative influence, comments about decor can open the door to an interesting LGBTQ-related conversation.

  Eileen Gray

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Eileen Gray was an Irish-born, French-based furniture designer and architect known for famous designs like her adjustable table, which is still being produced today, and the Bibendum chair.

She was a pioneer of the modern movement of architecture and was associated with many European artists of her era. Early in her career, the designer used exotic woods, ivory, and furs in her designs, but her pieces became simple and industrial in the mid-1920s, reflecting her growing interest in the work of modernists. 

If you’re hoping to put some work from LGBTQ artists and designers into your home, think about whether a classic adjustable table may be suitable. Consider visiting the Rue de Lota apartment in Paris, which has been called, “The Epitome of Art Deco.” This home was designed and built by Gray. It offers beautiful design ideas that may inspire you when designing your home.

  Nate Berkus

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Nate Berkus is a contemporary American interior designer, author, and TV personality who worked regularly with Oprah Winfrey in the early 2000s to offer design advice to viewers, as well as to coordinate surprise makeovers for people’s homes.

The Chicago-based designer is married to fellow designer Jeremiah Brent, and together they host the home makeover show, “Nate & Jeremiah by Design” on TLC. Berkus uses interior design as a way to tell a person’s story through their home. He does this by using elements to reflect on the past and other details that reflect their ambitions as well. 

Fortunately, because Berkus is still alive and his work has been publicly shared, it can be simple to take some advice from this designer. Berkus suggests that although not everyone has their own style, style can be created through our own personal elements.

One major way of doing this is by decorating your home around the household items you have collected and love. This way you can center your design on the things that make you feel comfortable and are important to you. 

  Find Spaces for Color

The most important thing about redecorating your home is making sure that whatever way you choose to decorate feels comfortable to you and your family. Bursts of color in the right places can add a really cool and fun element to any room in your home.

Especially if the majority of a room’s design is one standard color, adding some bright colors can be an easy way to switch things up. 

If you’re interested in doing a little bit of painting, adding an accent wall in your home can be a fun way to stylize your home and make a room look more interesting. Accent walls must be selected carefully based on the lighting in the room, the size of the room, and the contents inside it. 

If you have a theme in your home, paint your accent wall to suit the theme; for example, a fossil- and gemstone-themed home might pair well with an accent wall in a purple shade, whereas a nautical style home might do better with a wall in a nice shade of blue. If you’re still unsure about what colors to choose, consider looking into feng shui and experimenting a bit. As long as you’re thoughtful about it, whatever color you choose will look great in your home. 

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Books, pillows, chairs, and rugs can also be great household items to add a dash of color to a room. If you have a nice bookshelf in a room, consider finding a few brightly colored hardcovers to add to your collection and then naturally color coordinating your books. This adds a subtle pop of color to a casual spot in your home.

Accent pillows are also a great and non-committal way to add color to a room, as they’re very easy to change out. Chairs and rugs are not quite as easy but can be just as effective if you’re willing to invest in some small-scale, fun, and bright furniture.

However, be conscious of the emotions that your color choices will evoke from you, as well as your friends and family, as some colors can create a harsh environment for more sensitive individuals.

  Check Social Media

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If you want to stay up to date with the latest LGBTQ-inspired designs, use your social media accounts to follow LGBTQ interior designers and artists. Accounts on platforms like Facebook and Instagram are often updated daily and feature artists’ latest work, which means you can browse through their designs and art to find ways to apply what they’re doing in your home.

If you can purchase products directly from them, that’s a productive way to directly support the community. However, if they don’t carry items for sale yet, see how you can incorporate their ideas into DIY projects at home.

Deferring to LGBTQ designers and artists for design tips and queer art to place in your home is a great way to directly support the community. However, it’s also a great way to make your home more inclusive to any member of the LGBTQ community that may visit your home. Creating a space where people feel comfortable being themselves can help them and others overcome the stigma surrounding the LGBTQ community. 

Erasing this stigma is still hugely important because although progress for equal rights continues, millions of people around the world die each year due to HIV and AIDS, many of them LGBTQ. Sometimes this is because people avoid getting tested for HIV/AIDS due to the stigma surrounding the disease.

By helping to remove this stigma, even in small ways such as through interior design, you can help people confront sensitive issues like this. By incorporating design elements that were created by LGBTQ folks, you can help support design ideas that go back to the historical roots of the community.

However, you can also simply add a few color elements that will make you feel pride in your home. If you enjoy changing your home around often, make sure you’re on social media, taking notes LGBTQ content. Otherwise, enjoy your fun, new, and inclusive home decorations. 

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