Does that question make you think of all the reasons you don’t love your home? That’s okay, in fact, it’s really natural. So let’s break it down. Find one thing you like about your home. Go ahead, think smaller than a whole room, and identify a piece of furniture or artwork or even just a book that you love.
Loving your home starts with baby steps. Even for an interior designer, each project starts small, with a conversation about what the client likes and whether it exists in their space or not. Of course, I’d love to be able to wave my colorful magic wand and make every space amazing. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really work that way. Designers start small and finish big!
For example, let’s say you love your sofa but it’s not quite as inviting as you’d like. I bet if you invested in some gorgeous throw pillows that say, “sit here next to me” or “let’s cozy up together,” you might love your sofa, right?
Let’s try something even more bite size. How about your bedside table? Is it cluttered with the books and magazines you read before going to bed? Well we can pretty up that clutter and make it feel special toot sweet. Just stack your books and add a framed picture, or a candle, or even a pair of glasses on top. Next, scoop up all the extras and stash them away in a tray or drawer. You’ll reduce clutter while keeping your stuff within reach when you need it.
Go ahead, you can do it, identify that space that you want to love. Now give it a budget and start there.
For instance, maybe it’s a painting that really strikes you. Start by selecting a color that coordinates. Notice I did not say match! That would likely be too much color. Instead, try a really light version of a color you like. Set that swatch aside and label it “wall color.” Now choose another color from your artwork. This one might be fun to use to upholster a chair or sofa to make the room come to life. Don’t go overboard here, check with a professional to make sure you get it right. Now add some throw pillows or drapes/curtains in similar tones and you’ve created a color story board before even lifting a paint brush! Go, you!
See how starting with that one piece of inspiration will help you create a whole room that you love and will enjoy spending time in?
Enjoy, and please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-676-2624 with your questions, concerns or stories of color and imagination!
In the meantime, live in love!
xo – Michele