Want to Design Like a Pro? Stop Doing This Immediately!
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been posting about a recent project we finished and offering helpful tips for small space decorating and using pattern to your advantage! The overall project consisted of three rooms and today I’m going to tell you about the third and final room, a baby’s nursery!
Before we got started the space was being used as a guest room. Here’s a shot of the before:
Not too much excitement…
Here’s the after!
A perfect fit for the new bundle of joy!
As a designer, our job is not only to select pieces that create an amazing space for our clients, it’s also to keep them from making design blunders. That’s what I want to share with you today.
There are 2 major mistakes people consistently make when designing a room. They’re common and chances are you’re probably making at least one.
If you ever want to design like a pro there are 2 things that you must stop doing immediately!
One: Lose your Color Rigidity!
Color Rigidity: An anxiety inducing condition where a person believes all the shades and hues of a single color in a space have to be the exact same in order for a room to look great. This is FALSE!
Ok, so I might have made up the definition, but the concept is real 🙂
There have been countless times where I’ve seen people in stores stressing out because the ‘reds’ or ‘blues’ or ‘purples’ or–insert color here—aren’t the exact same.
In reality, your mind has a natural desire to connect color and build cohesiveness and flow. The mind drifts itself away from dissonance and works toward consonance. Having a color that varies in a little shade will still make sense and connect the space. You don’t have to stress over it!
Take a few minutes to study the photo below. You will see that there are actually 3 to 4 varying shades of aqua and gray in the space. It’s difficult to tell because your mind’s eye is working against you to try and create harmony.
Look at all the aqua objects in the nursery. They’re not quite the same yet they still work!
Here’s another example.
Look at the yellows in this space. They’re not the same but still obviously connect.
No need to stress over this anymore! Don’t be color rigid!
The second mistake you’re probably making?!?
Two: Stop buying furniture in sets!
This one kills me! As a designer one of the most enjoyable things I get to do is find pieces that are related/connected but not sold together.
Finding connections between pieces in a room that make sense but may less obvious, automatically give a room visual interest.
When you’re shopping it’s easy to just buy the set and of course your local furniture salesman will be happy to sell you every single piece in the set, BUT it makes for a boring room.
Look at the photo below. The dining set looks nice enough but there’s no pop!
Don’t you think it’s missing something?!?
This is a great opportunity to think like a designer!
Don’t buy the sofa AND the loveseat. Instead opt for the sofa and two accent chairs.
Sofa and loveseat set…
Sofa and 2 accent chairs!
You can see all the pieces are related and connected but there’s more visual interest in the photo above!
Don’t buy the entire dining set and all it’s matching chairs. Instead piece together 4 side chairs or add two new end chairs. This is simple and will add so much to your space. See the photos below.
Average dining set…
Same set with upgraded end chairs. Makes the space more interesting and adds extra seating!
With our nursery design, we selected the crib and matching dresser but we opted for a separate chair and a ottoman and had them covered in the same fabric to tie them together. We then worked all of the pieces together to create a gorgeous room!
Letting go of color rigidity and buying furniture in sets are 2 simple things you can do to make an immediate impact when designing your space!
Keep these 2 keys in mind when you design your next space and you’ll be well on your way to designing like a pro!
Create. Innovate. Decorate!