The best part about this new house of ours is that, believe it or not, there aren’t thaaaaaat many enormous infrastructure-type projects to be done. So far, I’ve been having a great time simply redecorating spaces to bring them together. I’ve been doing this for three years now, but I realized that pulling together a room may seem easier said than done for lots of you, so I wanted to break down my process a bit!
I’m no expert, but these are the basic steps that I follow when I approach a new room design… hopefully you can see that design doesn’t have to be a scary thing. Just make one small decision after another one and eventually, boom. Your room is done!
1. Find your accent piece… a rug? Curtains? Linens? Favorite lamp?
For Louisa’s room… it was the rug that got me started.
For Oliver’s room… it was a thrifted map.
For our master bedroom, it’s always been this comforter set that shapes my decor.
You get the drift… find one thing you LOVE in a room and start there for possible inspiration. YOu’d be amazed how one simple decision can lead you to make another simple decision and before you know it… your room is done! One rug leads to a color palette which leads to a thrifted frame you spray paint which leads to an idea for tassels on a wall hanging and so on and so on.
2. Pull colors from your inspiration piece. Sky’s the limit. I try to balance and layer my colors a bit, but… there’s also something to be said for one solitary piece in a particular color. Are you beginning to see that there aren’t really any ‘rules’ when it comes to decor!
In Louisa’s room I had a shelf to paint. So I looked to her rug and decided to pull out the bright yellow. Once I did that, I decided I needed a little more of that yellow somewhere else just to balance it a bit. Which led to the yellow frames painted on the gallery wall. I pulled the blue from the rug for the frame on the flea market artwork. The green tassels were a nod to the wall hanging. And because they’re all pulling from the rug’s colors… they come together somehow!
3. Layer in texture.
Personally I think this is the BIGGEST difference between a good space and a GREAT space. If you flip through any design magazine or scan Pinterest for interiors design, you’ll notice so many amazing textures and patterns intermixed. A room can have gorgeous furniture, but it’s the extra layers of that brass centerpiece or the feather juju hat or the fur throw blanket that make it look luxe and deliberate and interesting! Texture and pattern doesn’t need to be a focal point by any means. Like I said… it might just be a wonderful metallic tray. Or a vintage glass bottle. Or your grandfather’s favorite rabbit skin hat! It might be as simple as a bucket of wild flowers sitting in the corner!
4. Consider lines/ shapes and replicate if possible.
Every space will have some pattern to it. Perhaps it’s obvious like a fabric with strong graphics, but it might be more subtle like the waves on a headboard or carving on a bedside table. In Eleanor’s bedroom redesign, her curtains have a wonderful pattern to them… when I was looking for curtain rods, I loved that the finials on the ones I chose echoed the shapes in her curtains.
In Arthur’s nursery, the soft lines of the wallpaper are picked up in the outline on his changing table/ dresser.
The stripes in Oliver’s room are picked up on the walls, on his carpet, and then subtly on his DIY bookshelf. Again… this is nothing super obvious or rigid, just enough to tie it all together.
The flip side of this, by the way, is that if you have a VERY strong graphic going on… it might make sense to temper that a bit by bringing in something much softer to counterbalance that. I.e. the soft pile of the carpet in our old guest room plays nicely with the strong pattern on the bedspreads.
5. Have fun and bring in your personal taste! My Little Pony collection? No problem. Display those bad boys.
If you LOVE something, use it. Guarantee you can find examples online of cool ways to incorporate whatever it is you love. Pez collection? Here ya go:
Super cool basket? Yep… that works too!
Don’t let all those pristine magazine-ready photographs intimidate you. They’re not real life. They don’t have kids with sticky fingers coming home from school in an hour! The purpose of those images is to be inspiration. Those images are the supermodel to our soccer mom. They may be inspiring on some levels, but… they always seem somewhat cold and impersonal when I see them. All to say, let your freak flag fly!
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