I’m not the world’s most patient person. I used to think I was, and then I had children. Kids have a way of showing us our not-so-attractive character traits at times. You know, the ones you didn’t even know you had? (Or just weren’t acknowledging?) Anyway, in terms of parenting, I’m working on the patience thing; but, when it comes to decorating our house, I’m still as antsy as all get-out. Things just don’t move fast enough for me!
Luckily, I did learn some things from our last house. Mainly, you just have to live in it for awhile–sometimes years–before you get a room the way you like it. We’ve only been in our new house a year, however, and I’ve already painted, repainted, tweaked and fussed quite a bit over it, especially our family room. It’s not done yet, but it’s in so much better shape than it was. I think it’s helpful to think about decorating in layers (or stages) so I don’t get too overwhelmed with the process. For instance:
- Furniture first–I like to pick neutrals and pile on color with pillows.
- Pick an inspiration fabric next–I think it’s easier to pick a fabric I like, and base a color scheme off of that. So find a fabric you want to feature, then head to the paint store and
- Now choose window treatments–I’m a big fan of fuss-free window treatments like woven roller-shades layered with simple panels.
- Now other fabrics–Toss pillows, throws, a fun ottoman or an area rug are ways to mix and match patterns in your color scheme. Pick a floral, a stripe, and a solid and you can’t go wrong. Or find coordinating fabrics with a large-scale print, a medium-scale print, and a small-scale print.
- Lighting next–Choose lamps and shades.
- Accessorize last–This is the fun part. Pick wall art, conversation pieces, and don’t forget houseplants to help personalize everything.
I’m no expert and quite frankly, I deviate from this plan a lot. But this seems to be a method that works for me. Basically, though, a room just evolves don’t you think? You may have a mood in mind, but the finished product–for me–is always a bit different from how I thought it’d turn out. I think that’s why I have angst about the process sometimes. For instance, I was dead-set against blue in the family room because we had blue in our family room at our old house and was sick of it. Mostly because it wasn’t the right shade, but anyway…guess what I have in the new family room? A blue accent wall! I fought against it, but now I think it’s here to stay.
Here are some pics of the way this room has changed as I’ve added layers.
This space started out with nothing…no color, bare windows, bland carpeting that matched the walls, NOTHING. So we got a sectional (see my inspiration pillow right there?)
Then I added these curtains which I searched for EVERYWHERE and ended up stumbling upon at Tuesday Morning. I wanted the same type of pattern–green damask–as Maria’s bedroom curtains in The Sound of Music, the ones she used to make play clothes for the Von Trapp children. (Sorry the color is so washed out in these photos…not the best time of day to take pics and the lighting in this room is weird.)
Got sick of looking at the blank wall above the sectional, so I added this DIY wall shelf and artwork. This satisfied me for awhile, but nothing popped against this boring color, which I originally thought I wanted to keep (don’t ask me why).
So here’s the most dramatic change: the peacock blue accent wall. What do you think?
So there you have it. We are living in it. We’ll see how it actually turns out.