As I begin to explore the world of E-Design and all it has to offer, I think of the many of you who may be stuck in that first stage of decorating or creating a perfect space. I can’t tell you how many times Ive looked at an empty space and thought.. “Where the heck do I start?”. It is a great question to ask, especially if you want to love the space you are living in, working in, eating in, or sleeping in. Often times we just hurry the process, buy a bunch of junk and then two years down the road I am looking at what I purchased thinking it feels nothing like “me” and “can I start over?”
I thought I would share some helpful tips that might come in handy in that kind of situation and while I am in the process of working with a client and her living room, I thought I would share some examples of our “creative process” in creating her PERFECT living room.
Pick a Style.
Make sure this Fits you to a T. What stuff do you gravitate towards (mostly). I am into Design so I tend to be a design hoochy, jumping from one style to another. But anyone who knows me knows I LOVE farmhouse style. Every day all day… its a part of who I am now. And I like that my house fits ME.
My client also loves Farmhouse Style. So boom Style picked.
Choose a color palette.
This can be intimidating, but again find what YOU love. What are your Pinterest boards full of? Come on, we all have that one color we have a thousand shirts in. Or maybe you only see in neutrals and natural earthy colors. Try to stick to 2-3 colors so you don’t overwhelm yourself. Your woods and other elements like Metal and floors should most definitely flow with your color scheme, but they are not apart of your palette. Keep in mind that you should also choose your wall color as one of the palette colors. If you are going with a white, put that white next to the other colors on your palette board to make sure it flows and balances itself.
This is the color palette we chose for my Clients home. Her floors are a Dark Walnut Wood and walls are “Simply White” by Benjamin Moore
Choose Your elements
Elements give your room texture and depth. Pick one to two elements for the room that you know will give your room so excitement. This will set you apart from the rest of the decorators. If you have one exposed Brick wall, that would be one of your elements. Are you planning on adding a Large Bard door with black metal hardware? What kind of flooring do you have? These are all key elements to putting your room together.
My client has exposed brick on her fireplace that she and her husband white washed. Her husband is building a handcrafted barn door with Chevron patterned wood and using Black Hardware to hang.
Next is the fun part…
Choose your decor.
When choosing your decor, remember you want your room to feel like and add a little of each of these items:
- Furniture- This is different for each room, but try to think beyond
- Textiles (rugs, pillows, blankets) depending on the room of course,
- Greenery – I don’t care what room in the house you are decorating. Faux plants bring homes to life. I use them in my boys room, our bathroom, kitchen, anywhere and everywhere. You’ll be amazed at what a little plant will do for a space.
- Pop of color (even neutral lovers have a little of this sometimes)
- Accessories- Think baskets, blanket ladders, books, Candles, Those weird knick knacks you usually pass by in the store. These items bring character to your space and add charm to larger items.
- Wall Decor- Think outside of the box on this one. Try something new. Hang a basket on a wall and add flowers inside of it. Hang a ladder over a couch, or a door.. anything. There really is no wrong answer when it comes to you creating what feels right to YOU.
My client and I went through a process of looking at different items and choosing the perfect items for their home. I’ve linked all the sources to this Style Board if you are interested in shopping this look.
- Farmhouse Light Pendant
- Large Area Rug
- Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree
- Blanket Ladder
- Throw Pillow
- Large Rustic Clock
- Wicker Arm Chair
- Coffee Table
- TV Stand (Dresser)
I hope that the tips on my styling process nudge you in the right direction.
Happy Decorating Friends.
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