So I’m taking a break from the pink today, and if this is your first time here, or you haven’t been in awhile, I apologize! I shared our daughters room makeover, HERE, and as much as I love it, I feel like all I have seen lately is pink, ha ha! So I thought I would share a recent mood board I did for a client, because it’s not one that I typically do. Don’t get me wrong I love what I do, and helping clients decorate their homes into spaces they love is especially important for me. Every once and awhile though I will get a client whose style is not your typical farmhouse feel with white slipcovers, but stretches my design muscles, in a good way! Trust me I love decorating in my style house, it’s my favorite thing to do, but every now and then it’s fun to step outside the norm.
These clients have such a fun style and personality, which I think is very reflected in their design plan. They love using bold colors, and are not afraid to take chances. Let’s just say that white + gray falls a little flat for them. I laugh because I could live in white + gray and be as happy as a pig in … , well you know what they like. So I created a space that has a neutral background, but is full of color and full of life.
You see some farmhouse pieces in there, but there is such a fun mix of design elements and pops of color to create this tailored, glam master bedroom. A little modern, a little glamorous, a little eclectic, but oh so warm and inviting. Some of the basic elements in the room I started with were a classic gray paint color, traditional white bedding, and my client already had the white dresser from IKEA picked out. But incorporating color and pattern into this fun couples bedroom is what makes their space truly reflect them. I know it can be tricky to mix patterns, and while I tend to throw the rules out the window, there are some guidelines I go by.
- Work in groups of 3. We all know this when it comes to creating vignettes, but it’s great for patterns too. Technically I have about 5 different patterns going on here, but they are close in family. The bold black and white striped pillows, with the grain sack striped lumbar pillow in the front, and then the gray and white striped throw blanket. All different styles, but all stripes.
- Another great tip when incorporating color into a space. Carry it throughout the room. The warm color in the curtains match the warm color in the rug, and tie into a tiny piece of artwork on the wall. The aqua in the artwork is introduced again with a fun aqua lamp on the dresser, as well as the green from the same artwork coordinating with the green throw pillow on the bed. When the color bounces around the room it feels done on purpose and not scattered, blended – not hodge podged.
- Don’t be afraid to mix styles. The bench at the end of the bed and the dresser are very farmhouse feeling, but mixed with modern night stands, and a glamorous upholstered headboard, you have a sophisticated feel that is not too stuffy.
- Mixing old and new, artwork styles, and metals are all great ways to add character to a space and personality. Don’t worry about what the “rules” are, if it feels right go for it. Don’t pass up an item that you love and can’t live without because it wouldn’t traditionally fit into the design plan. Can I share a secret with you?? There are no design police out there! Now I have had to save a client from blending too many things a time or too, so don’t be afraid to return something if you get it home and it just ain’t workin’ !
Ok! So are you dying to know where some of the items in this plan came from?? Don’t worry, I have the links listed for you below, but do me a favor. The next time you go to create a space you love, just remember, it’s meant for you to love, not your sister, not your friend, not your neighbor. Just you! Don’t be afraid to take chances, some of my biggest risks in design have turned out to be my greatest success! Good Luck!
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