When it comes to interior decor, I’d give most Ghanaian homes that I’ve visited low points. Each time I sit in our living room, I can tell that someone has made some attempt to decorate and has failed. Our living room used to be very cluttered but even now that there is more space, it is still uninspiring. As I mentioned in an earlier blog entry, this seems to be a national problem. The list which follows has the ten elements which I feel add nothing to our living rooms.
- Fake flowers
- Walls painted Duke blue, ochre, or even verdant green. In general, I find that little attention is paid to the way colours are combined
- Oil painted walls
- Wooden room dividers with china plates displayed in them
- Family photos which don’t seem to tell any story- The mother in the wedding dress, the father in his church suit, the children at graduation, baby photos- and are displayed in some odd places. For example the wedding picture will be on the wall, the baby pictures will be on the tv etc.
- Centre tables covered with fabric...usually made from lace or cotton
- Curtains and draperies which hang from ceiling to the floor and prevent light from streaming in. I like light and fresh air so I see no reason to have windows if you’re going to cover them up. But then again, if your next door neighbour sells kenkey, the air coming in from the window facing that neighbour may not be so fresh.
- Wooden decorative elements which look commercial and very kitsch.
- I don’t know the name for it, but you’ll find rectangular or oval pieces of fabric hanging on the sofas with matching ones lying on the coffee tables. I used to think these were just for decoration but it also serves to prevent grease from people’s hair from staining the sofas.
- Bright corporate calendars hanging on walls. My mother must have a friend who works in a bank because she always gets these bank calendars that are so out of place in our living room.
I’m curious to see what you have to add. What have I left out? If you like any of the things I’ve included in my list, you may make a case for them and I might side with you and decide to get them for my living room.