What makes a truly beautiful home will be defined a bit differently for everyone. Style is such a personal choice, isn’t it? Today I thought it would be fun to look at six design elements that I think contribute to a beautiful room. Certainly they aren’t the only elements to consider, but they would be a great place to start. Without these elements, a room might be lacking a little something that could have made it stand out or feel more put together.
How you mix and incorporate these elements will be unique to you and your style, bringing about your own special look. That’s the beauty of having your own place, you can put things together in your own way!
Here are six elements I look for in any room:
A mix of textures
You all know I love TEXTURE in a room! But I think you need a good blend of textures to make the room feel right. You can add texture through throw blankets, baskets, and natural wood, but texture doesn’t only mean rough or chunky stuff. You can add softness and shine, too! Try glass and soft textiles to round out the mix.
Strong doses of white
So many rooms end up looking very … brown. Just look through the real estate ads and you’ll find most rooms incorporate an abundance of brown. Why is that? I think people feel like brown is a safe choice, but the result is that it tends to make a room feel a bit dull and lacking in personality. Brown rug? Brown floor? Brown cabinets? Brown sofa? Brown isn’t risky enough to make a strong statement on its own. A simple way to balance out the brown or tie a palette together is with liberal doses of white. While white alone might not save you from an overdose on brown, it’s a good starting point (see the remaining tips below for more ideas). Add more white to a room by painting the trim work or cabinetry, or through accessories like a throw blanket, furniture, pillows, white books, white dishes, paint, curtains, or white frames.
Different shades of colors
Color can add vibrant personality to a room. But even if you like a completely neutral palette, a blend of several tones of neutrals will bring more interest to the room. Mix white, cream, tan, gray, or black to add a visual punch to a neutral room. (See my post about decorating with shades of white here). Add an element of surprise by incorporating even one pop of color to your neutral palette. If you love color, use various shades and tones of your favorite colors to create a more complex and interesting palette.
Whether it’s through original artwork, furniture with unique details, family photos, fun shaped mirrors, switching up your hardware or lighting, interesting shapes, patterns that you enjoy, your home should have its own special personality. Even if you prefer a more subtle look, don’t play it safe with every choice, go out on a limb and try something unexpected or one-of-a-kind.
Every home will benefit greatly from warmth! Even if you prefer a more of a minimal style or cool colors, you can add warmth in your own unique way. You can incorporate warmth through textures like warmer metals (copper and gold), natural wood pieces, wood flooring, or bamboo blinds. Perhaps throw in a few warm tones through pops of color (even if warm colors aren’t your favorite). Warmth can also be brought in through proper lighting, cozy rugs, and throw blankets!
I think every home (and every room) will benefit from a green plant or small pop of color with a bouquet. Natural elements help a room feel more alive, so even if you love painted furniture or creative and artistic elements, find ways to incorporate some wood pieces or natural accessories.
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