“I want my room to feel fresh… You know that clean, white trim look. With the ocean breeze blowing gently through my coastal windows? …Except I live in Ohio, own a hodgepodge of decor, and I can’t paint my trim white because my husband/partner/roommate loves natural wood.”
This my friends, is the conversation of 2012-2013- and beyond. With local clients, with long distance clients, with everyone. We all want the same thing. Fresh, livable, breathable, well-organized, bright spaces, with a palm frond effortlessly swaying in the background. A room staycation. Who wouldn’t?
The good news, I love this conversation. And, I can help you create this feeling regardless of obstacles. Here are my favorite tips-
1. Choose a gentle wall color. Let the accessories do the talking (colorful & bold against subtle). Tan, gray, white, cream, camel… You get the drift.
2. Clear the tchotchke (at least some of it). Reframe photos, etc. in light (reflective metal or white wood) gallery style frames for consistency & to reduce visual clutter. Target (yes Target!) is my favorite source for frames. Organize accents in trays, go for a few big things vs. too many small. Keep only the best.
3. White or light curtain panels. Especially if you have natural wood in abundance, white curtains help balance the dark. They add the illusion of light and airy in a major way. I can not say enough about this simple trick.
4. Add natural materials. A woven rug, a real palm, coral/shells, imperfect ceramics, reclaimed wood furniture… For that comfortable, slightly worn, back to nature vibe. Again, some of these items work to balance your existing wood surfaces. We are always trying to create good overall flow.
5. Avoid (visually) HEAVY furniture. Like a huge dark leather sectional that takes over the room. Give the room space to breath. Keep furniture somewhat light and minimal. Don’t forget about slipcovers, they’ve come a long way. Room & Board is my age-old standard for great sofas and chairs if you’re searching.
There you have it, now create some magic. Call me if you need help. I’ve been putting together a lot of shopping carts lately! Have a great week readers.
(thank you BHG, BHG, West Elm, BHG, BHG for the photos)