Do you ever look at a room and it just feels unfinished? Like there’s something missing, but you can’t put your spray paint covered finger on it?
Happens to me all. the. time. Walking through a house full of “unfinished” rooms makes me feel unsettled.
#firstworldprobs, I know.
I got to thinking, maybe this is why I’m such a restless amateur designer.
So I decided to work on ONE ROOM until it really felt finished. And then to share with you how to finish a room, Reinvented style.
A few weeks ago, I took some time to sit in my bedroom and appreciate it. I did pretty well, appreciating it’s size, comfort, and function. But I still felt restless. It didn’t feel finished.
Here are a few of the shots I took that day. These are pre-online photography lessons, so forgive the poor quality, k?
RULE NUMBER ONE: A room will never feel finished if it’s a mess… ahem.
So I started with cleaning, and that got me here.
I cleared out a nonfunctional corner and set up my office/work space.
Once the space was clean and functional, it was time to add the finishing touches.
1. Dress Your Windows.
Curtains do for windows what mascara does for your eyes. Windows with drapes are enhanced, framed, and finished. I took down the drop cloth drapes from the family room window, cut each panel in half, shortened them, and hung them on the two windows flanking the bed.
2. Add in some contrast. If you love light and bright, add a little dark for contrast. I love the chocolate brown trim on the drapes, the table top, and the artwork above the bed.
I even added a couple more pillows with chocolate brown cases.
Which brings me to..
4. Make sure your color scheme is cohesive, but not perfect. My dominant colors are cream, porcelain blue and brown, with a little raspberry thrown in.
5. Check the texture. Make sure there’s rough and smooth, matte and shiny, flat and curvy. (not sure if that last one’s actually a texture, but I’m going with it anyway)
The drop cloth drapes added a little nubby texture that plays well with the blanket. And every room should have something rough and rustic; rough and reclaimed wood, rusty metal, or even just a woven basket.
6. Lighten up the dark spots. I know, I know, I just said add dark. It’s also important to add light where there’s too much dark. Remember my dark and dreary dresser above? I spray painted the candle sticks and my jewelry box, and brought in the white milk bottle to hold bracelets.
I love how those small changes lighten up this area.
I think I’m done!
I LOVE my room now, and I really can’t think of anything I want to change.
We’ll talk about the fact that NOW my family room’s windows are naked and there’s no longer ANY art above the piano another day. ;)
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