I love all things fashion. In college I studied Merchandising, Apparel & Textiles which offered an emphasis on fashion while still being very applicable to the interior design world I am in now. In my opinion dressing a room is very similar to dressing yourself. There are a few key pieces that you must have to be on point.
The Rug- A rug in a room is like good undergarments on a lady. That is your foundation for a good room. Your outfit would be ruined if you had on a super-cute dress but didn’t wear seamless undies. Or imagine how awful a shirt would look if (not to be too crass) your bra were too small. We are appalled by this, but everyday people buy rugs that are too small for their space. Don’t skimp on size!
Quality furniture- Trendy is fun, but it can be costly to keep up. If we only buy clothing that is the latest trend, we would be shopping and spending a lot. Our best bet is to find quality pieces that will stand the test of time that we can update with trendier accessories. The same is true with furniture. By selecting some classic upholstered pieces we set ourselves up to bring in trends through other elements in the room. This helps us to avoid being unhappy with our sofa when newer models come into the stores.
Glitz & Glam- Everyone has their preferred level of WOW! when it comes to accessories. With some people, you can’t put enough diamonds on them. With others, a simple pair of stud earrings and their wedding ring is all they choose to wear. I, myself, fall somewhere in the middle. I think accessories are where you can afford to play around with trends and get a little funky. Accessories in the home are not all that different from those we wear in fashion. We have pillows, window treatments, candlesticks, finials, etc to layer upon the furniture just like we have bracelets, necklaces, belts, scarves and leggings to create a layered outfit on ourselves.
Conversation pieces- I use my shoes as conversation pieces. When the sky is dark and dreary but I am wearing a black & gray ensemble, I throw in bright yellow shoes for cheer. I rarely select a plain shoe. I’m gazing into my closet now and don’t see one pair that doesn’t have an oversized buckle, a fun texture or sheen, or a bold color to it. The same should hold true for your art. Select pieces that catch your eye and lead you around the room. Think about what has meaning to you, what makes you feel comfortable and what might strike up conversation with your guests. Those are the pieces you want on your walls. Don’t feel like you have to put the same thing up all over. Not every pair of shoes you have goes with every outfit, and your artwork won’t naturally fit in every room. Mix it up with mirrors, painting, photos and framed prints.
Think about some of these things and how you’ve dressed your house. Does it really reflect you?