When it comes to design, we like to think that we’ve seen it all—the good, the bad, and the ugly. However, even after all of these years, the internet still manages to surprise us. Is ‘surprise’ the right word, though? We meant ‘shock!’
The ‘Bedrooms with threatening auras’ Facebook group features some of the worst, most horrifying bedroom design decisions ever. And it feels like the photos are threatening each and every one of us personally, promising to eat up our sense of good taste once they’re done snacking on our hopes and dreams.
Some of these designs look like they’d give us nightmares. While others seem like they wouldn’t let us fall asleep at all—we’d be tossing and turning, and keeping an eye out for ghosts and ghouls. Scroll down and remember to upvote the photos that made you go, ‘Thanks, I hate it!’ the most, Pandas. Were there any bedrooms that you’d be brave enough to sleep in? Let us know in the comments.
The ‘Bedrooms with threatening auras’ group was created back in October 2020, and has grown to encompass 45k members. The group is open to everyone and anyone who’d like to share some pics of truly god-awful bedrooms. It’s the kind of stuff that is likely to end up in design hell when the Rapture happens.
Sure, there’s no arguing about taste; but that doesn’t mean that tasteless designs can get off scot-free and remain unjudged. And judged they shall be!
The admins running the group point out that the group is called ‘Bedrooms with threatening auras’ and not ‘Pleasant bedrooms from Google.’ So the photos have to fit the mood. If it looks good, if it seems like a pretty neat place to take a nap, out it goes—there’s no room for comfortable and inspiring design choices here!
The group is all about inclusivity and creating a welcoming environment (ironically, the opposite of the atmosphere evoked by the images). And the admins ask people to be kind and polite to each other. What’s more, if you’re planning on sharing a horrendously un-bedroomish bedroom with the group, make sure to check the feed: don’t repost anything that’s been shared within the last month or so.
Bored Panda recently spoke about design, creativity, and inspiration with talented pie artist and all-around creative Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin. She told us that any designer or artist has to take the customers and the audience into consideration when making anything.
“I have a loose ‘three for them, one for me’ policy when it comes to my art. Riding emerging trends and tapping into the cultural zeitgeist certainly helps when you are trying to build a following. And as much as I would love to just make what I want all the time, my art puts food on the table (figuratively and literally), so I have to pay attention to what the people respond most to,” the artist said that what she does has to resonate with the public.
However, it doesn’t mean that artists should completely ignore their personal preferences and desires. Sometimes, it’s good to create something that you know others might not like.
“But sometimes I’ll get the urge to create something obscure that I know no corporate partner will care for, and only a tiny portion of the population will appreciate, but will make me happy. So if I’ve got the energy, I’ll go for it. And not shockingly, it is a lot easier to find the energy for these types of works!
She continued: “Maybe because they are made with a little more care and love, but oftentimes people will like those just as much as my more ‘mainstream’ offerings, even if they aren’t familiar with the subject matter.”
Artist Jessica said that she runs into motivation and energy problems, but doesn’t have any issues with creativity. A lot of artists and designers might relate to having low reserves of either of these ‘tanks.’
“I have sketchbooks filled with hundreds more Pie Art concepts than I could ever make in ten lifetimes… And there is so much creative inspiration out there in the world! All I have to do is look at craftspeople at the top of their game in a couple of different areas—watchmakers, architects, gardeners, painters, poets, etc.—and my mind is filled to the top with new ideas again,” she urged anyone who thinks they’ve lost their creativity to widen their gaze.
“The biggest challenge to my work is not the ‘creativity tank,’ it’s the ‘energy/motivation’ tank. Professional artists who have to balance commercial realities against artistic passions I think all have to deal with finding ways to keep that ‘motivation tank’ topped up. It’s not always easy! But I find that being around other creative working professionals and talking with them about it helps a lot,” she said that one’s environment can help revitalize any artistic endeavors you take up.
Jessica plans nearly everything out whenever she takes up an artistic project like making Pie Art. She also said that in her line of art, she’s always fighting against the clock. Every single minute counts for her.
However, she noted that any and all creatives make mistakes, no matter if they’re veterans or amateurs. And mistakes can, at times, lead to breakthroughs and unforeseen solutions to various creative problems.
Our environments shape a lot of our understanding of what looks good and what designs we should aim to create. “Our sense of taste is a product of our upbringing and the people and content we are exposed to throughout our life, particularly during our formative years,” Jessica told Bored Panda.
“Different cultures, different families, different peer groups place different value on different aesthetic conventions. If we want to ‘fit in’ with whatever group we are affiliating with, we tend to morph our own personal tastes to match that of the group,” she said.
“But what if we don’t want to ‘fit in’ and conform our taste to match the crowd? Well, that’s where things get interesting,” Jessica explained.
“Once a person has, for whatever reason, decided to expand their horizons beyond what is naturally presented to them in their immediate circles then something magical happens: their true ‘personal taste’ begins to coalesce.”
She continued: “We may be born into a family/community that places a high value on exploring different aesthetic forms and embarking on journeys of personal discovery. We may be born into a family/community that punishes any deviation beyond the accepted norms.”
Choosing to learn about new forms of aesthetics that don’t necessarily fit in with our social environment’s understanding of what’s good can lead to growth.
“We always have the choice to learn about something new. Taste may always be somewhat subjective, but the more forms of aesthetic content we seek out and allow ourselves to be exposed to, the better our shot at claiming that elusive, ‘good taste’ badge!”