My brain is not coming up with words to say today. My mind is being pulled in too many directions to form thoughts about these images other than, “Pretty pretty.” Eloquent, I know.
Between work, wedding planning, helping my parents remodel their kitchen, daydreaming about Chris and I’s next house which is at least a year a way still, and trying to stay inspired and relaxed, I may be over-taxing my brain power a bit. Also my hand hurts like I punched a wall in my sleep last night which I’m pretty sure I did not do so that’s a fun mystery. Happy Wednesday, hope yours is a little more focused than mine. 😉
one | Lisa Cohen, Heather Nette King, Country Style Australia via dustjacket attic
two | Susanna Vento
three | Nicole Franzen for T Magazine via coco + kelley
Something that was a bit of an epiphany for me when I first learned it was the importance of layering when decorating. This can be taken rather abstractly but also very literally. Literally speaking, it’s not only okay to place items in front of each other it’s really quite a good thing. The mantle above is an excellent example. Frames in front of a mirror and figurines in front of frames, etc.
Have you ever noticed this aspect of well decorated rooms? You very rarely see things lined up in neat little rows never overlapping each other. That can look forced and boring and is just not very appealing to the eye. Instead pieces of varying size and height are layered, overlapping each other and even covering whole portions of something behind. As long as you’re not awkwardly completely covering up something, it almost always works and does not diminish the appeal of whatever’s being partially obscured. You would be amazed how easy this is. Some aspects of styling are really difficult but once you realize you can and should overlap things in your vignettes it has an immediate and wonderful effect. Try it!
A more abstract way of layering is simply not being afraid to add more stuff. Certainly not for the minimalist, but truly something to consider if you feel your space is lacking life or visual interest. Have you got a vase on your console table? Great, but does it look a little sad all by itself? I think too many people stop decorating too soon and miss out on creating cozy, lively, personal spaces. It takes some skill undoubtedly to keep adding without verging on it being a cluttered mess. That’s the part of styling that isn’t so easy! Thank goodness we have pros like Abigail Ahern to emulate (that’s her home above).
one | Lonny mag via dustjacket attic
two | the design files
three | Abigail Ahern
White walls just do not get old. When the right decor is layered in it becomes so fresh and chic.
Creamy off-white has the same effect. I love this slightly minimalist collection of dishes.
White really is the queen of wall colors in my opinion. It can work for almost any style. It allows the furniture and accessories to do almost all the talking. It won’t clash with anything or start to feel outdated over time. I do think white works best in rooms with a fair amount of light, especially natural light. And it must be well decorated and lived-in, otherwise it can feel unfinished.
It seems most people I know think it’d be a little weird to paint a wall white, that it’s boring or a missed opportunity to use a color you like. I might have agreed several years ago but there’s just no denying that so many of the interior design shots I love feature white walls. The only white in my home currently is in the dining room, and it’s only white (very light gray really) above the chair rail. Below the chair rail is a near-black. It’s my favorite paint in the condo easily. But I do hope to try an all white room one day! Like I said earlier it doesn’t have to be a true, pure white. Take a look at any paint manufacturer’s colors and you’ll see a dizzying amount of “white” paint options to choose from!
one | Matchbook Mag via Erika Brechtel
two | A+B Kasha via dustjacket attic
three | Broste Copenhagen via Amber Interior Design
I sure do love a good dose of quirk in interior design. Fuschia pink walls? Not for the faint of heart, to be sure, but it gives this space so much vibrancy and playfulness. Add some vintage cat art and you’ve clearly got a homeowner who doesn’t give a damn, in the best possible way.
Ah yes, what was I saying about vintage art? Kitsch can be just very very bad… but it can also be a perfect moment of humor and levity. It is not easy to pull off though. Notice how all these pieces share the same basic color palette. This ties them together and keeps the arrangement from looking too cuckoo crazy. There’s a trace of theme (dogs and portraits) but it doesn’t have to be overly rigid. Truly this just takes probably years of collecting and practice mixing together gallery walls until you get really good at it. Something I have not accomplished yet, by the way.
Alright if fuchsia walls or kitsch art is too much for you, quirkiness can be found in much smaller and equally pleasing doses. I don’t believe I’ve ever mentioned that I am quite the Star Trek fan. You can bet when I saw this image the first thing I did was google “Worf pencil cup” to no avail. (It’s actually a mug made in the ’90s and yes, they probably made all the characters. It’s a good thing I don’t have a stronger collector bug.)
one | Julie Ansiau via desire to inspire
two | Hannah Metz via The Selby
three | Jim Franco
Relaxed fabrics, a gentle breeze, and as many potted plants as can fit. Does this photo relax you as much as it does me?
I just love the irreverence of this. Not many of us can pull off such a time-worn look with partially painted walls. I find shots like this so inspiring. It forces you to stop and consider the fact that someone lives here, and they love it, and why not? It’s so easy to allow your home to be cookie-cutter. It takes much more courage and inventiveness to push the boundaries and try something different and exciting.
Let’s be honest. This is lovely but it’s really all about those adorable cuddling kitties. Talk about cozy. A cat or two is still my most favorite decor.
one | Isabel Wilson via SF Girl by Bay
two | Ingrid Weir via Design*Sponge
three | Jen of Insideways
If you’re afraid of using color in your decor, my first piece of advice would be to push yourself. That doesn’t mean go out and buy a pink sofa or bright green curtains. You can easily introduce small bits of color into your home with accessories. My second piece of advice would be to take a cue from these photographs I’m sharing today. Rooms with very little color can easily come off as sterile, lifeless, or boring. But they can also be incredibly classy and beautiful if done well. The most surefire way to introduce a bit of easy color while also staving off the “lifeless” adjective is with plant life. Green leaves are practically a neutral our eyes are so accustomed to them.
Another excellent trick to making a beautiful room with little color is to use oodles of texture. Varying textures have a very similar effect visually to varying colors. This room is anything but boring despite it’s monochromatic scheme because of the collected and personal vibe of its decor. Can you imagine how different it would be if they’d hung art from Bed Bath & Beyond?
Another way to up the wow factor without relying on vibrant colors is to try dark colors. I love this wall color. It’s the perfect sort of medium blue-gray that will take on different tones depending on the lighting. Exactly the kind of color I’d like to try in my own home!
one | via blood & champagne
two | via nicety
three | via Yellow Trace