Decor has, throughout history, been used for not only aesthetic value but also as a sign. The signs vary in importance, from wealth to personal significance but all have had one single outlined purpose–for the advancement of our society. An example that highlights the importance of decor has been in the ancient Egyptian tombs of the Pharaohs. The decor was believed to be able to transfer with the pharaohs after their time of passing as well as have had the power to help guide them through the valley of death.
Decor has always been seen as a representation of a person’s style, wealth, personality, or taste. Society has subsequently taken tips from throughout history and modified it to fit its own needs. We use decor as a measure of aesthetic beauty and hold it to a higher standard. We subconsciously choose decorations that fit the images we hold for ourselves (e.g. golden thrones with the Pharaohs of Egypt). Some people prefer a homey feel in their decorations because it reminds them of what they love to be around–warmth and familiarity, while others enjoy a more categorical approach with a clean cut atmosphere.
These changes are all a part of what makes our society unique. “How is this?” You may ask. Well, our society is unique because it changes with what the people ask for. We are unique as a society because we are a variety of individuals with distinctive styles. We all find beauty in different things which allows us to advance in unimaginable ways. For example, we would not have the comfort of pillows if we, as a collective, had not decided that we enjoyed the added comfort of lounge decoration. We would not have upholstered furniture if kings and queens of the middle ages had not enjoyed upper-class symbols and designs of tapestries so much. So, in short, decor is the cornerstone of our entire civilization and will hopefully continue to be the birth of beauty for many, many centuries to come.