You all know that the last thing I ever want to do is to design a space that is “blah” and just plain boring! So today, I want to share why it’s important to create interesting spaces in the first place and also how you can jazz up your home if it’s starting to feel a little boring.
Why is it important to create interesting spaces?
For so long, it was easy to fall into the trap of designing a home that’s kind of boring with too many of the same colors, textures, and materials. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but something is off. The room just falls a little short!
For me, I need a home that matches what’s going on inside of me! I want my home to express my passion and need to live life at full speed. The same should be true for your home. It should represent those pieces of yourself that are exciting and full of passion and life! You want to embrace life in your spaces!
So here’s how to avoid a boring home!
Tip #1- Use Contrast
Take one of my favorite color combinations– black and white. They play off each other so beautifully because there is dissonance. They are the complete opposite of one another and placing them next to each other adds interest!
Another way I like to describe it to my clients is by thinking about the “voice” that you give to your pieces (your furnishings, rugs, and art). They can either be silent or they can speak depending on the role they play in the overall design of the space. Sometimes you want one piece to be silent so that something else has a bigger voice!
Tip #2- Use Pattern
Let’s face it. Most mass-market stores make a lot of money by selling good basics in solid colors, but something magical can happen when you start to play with patterns! Adding patterns like a cheetah or zebra print creates contrast and drama, but be sure to keep it balanced! Like adding salt to food, too much or too little is no good. You’re looking for just the right amount to add interest to your space!
Tip #3- Use Art
Adding art might be the easiest way to inject life into a room! I truly believe that art really matters and that it should speak and say something to you. It has a voice and is conveying a message.
The items on our walls are often what our eye goes to first when we enter a room (we look at the room from top to bottom), so it’s important that our art conveys a message. You always want to ask, “What does my art say to me? What does it mean?”. For me, I like art to be more dramatic with big, bold strokes because that’s the kind of life I want to live!
For your space, maybe you have one big well-placed art piece above a fireplace or over your bed, that really speaks and adds drama! Then, you could have other smaller pieces that support that same message. You want it to work cohesively. You don’t want it to feel like your art is competing for attention or trying to yell over one another!
Now it’s time to look around your space and ask if you’re playing it too safe. I want you guys, especially as we are hopefully coming out of this pandemic, to feel ready to live the life you want to live because I’m right there with you! I’m ready to give life my all and go full speed ahead!
Is there anything you’re planning to do to jazz up your home? Let us know in the comments!