Ever sit in a room, and it just bugs you? Yea, I got that.
I am trying to understand, then correct my design mistakes.
I have been known to change and add pillows, bedspreads, chairs, add vintage tables, lamps and artwork, until my original vision is lost. I kept adding and adding to get "the look" right, and suddenly I realized: What I really needed was to Edit!
Here is my list of design elements I have found are difficult, if not impossible, to get right:
1. Tons of Pillows: more often than not, this just ends up looking messy, all the time
Right, then Wrong....
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2. Mixed Fabric Patterns: very difficult to end up looking cohesive without being too matchy
3. Cool color pallettes, blues, grays, purples: Most people have wood furnture, and these colors don't really play well with most wood.
4. Mix of Styles, ie. Vintage with Modern, etc: Ends up looking like a mish-mash garage sale
I actually love this Rose Cumming Zebrine bedroom, but wow that's hard to pull off in your typical suburban home, yes?
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5. "Glam/ Regency" look, ie. mirrored furniture, crystal, and chrome elements: this can too easily wind up cheesy rather than elegant
6. "Anthro": Ends up looking a bit too Grandma
7. Shabby Chic: Again, looks cheesy OR Grandma
8. Gallery Walls: I am a big fan, but when they aren't right, they are horrid.
If you find a room is just not doing it for you anymore maybe you have lost your way, try REMOVING things. It helps to regain your original vision for a room.
Let your large furniture elements be the feature in a room: An antique armoire, for example, or a statement sofa or chair
Take ALL you pillows off the bed/couch and start putting them back one at a time. STOP when it looks bad.
Rethink your fabrics.... I thought I was committed to my beloved Black and White fabric pillows and prints, until I removed them. Now the room looks so much more put together. Even though I still love Black and White, I realized it was not playing well with the other colors in that room. I moved them to another space for now.
I have removed this week:
Stacks of pillows from my den and living room
Candlesticks displayed on the tops of my shelving
90% of the decor items off my coffee table
Dying house plants
Dressers from bedrooms not being used (from my Kids' rooms... I am planning on installing Martha Stewart closets elements instead)
Tons of framed photos
Books I am finished reading
I'll be posting a Before & After of my efforts later this week.
Make it a Great Day!