LETTING YOUR ROOM BREATHE
I am determined to let things go this year and simplify. I’m tired of clutter and hanging on to things because someday I may use it again. This has been a process and it started last year when I read The Magic Art of Tidying Up. I highly recommend it as a starting place for anyone wanting to simplify and un-clutter their home.
I took down all the Christmas and Holiday decor last week, and once this room was cleared I thought I’d let it sit empty for a few days. Just take in the room when it was stripped down to the furniture and see what I really want to bring back into it.
Emptying your room of everything except the furniture, is the key to letting your room breathe.
Sometimes our rooms get lost in all the decorative items. Emptying your room will also let you see if you love the basics-the paint color, the window coverings, the furniture, etc. You may not be able to change all of those things at once, but it can help you make a game plan for the future. Sometimes we get stuck in the trap of constantly buying new accessories for our rooms and never really liking the results but not understanding why. If you find yourself experiencing that it may be because some of the core elements of the room aren’t quite right, and letting the room breath will make that easier to identify.
What I saw when my room was cleared out, is although I love that modern farmhouse style, I had a lot of farmhouse happening and not a lot of modern. I am not changing up any furniture in the near future, here’s how I plan to change the feel of the rooms with some key decorative accessories.
I love our large bookcase, it’s hands down my most asked about piece of furniture. It has however unfortunately been sold out for months. I’ll link a few similar bookcases below. The plan is to update it with some modern decorative pieces. I had simple white, wood, and glass accents on it before Christmas. Seeing it emptied I want to add back in some white accents along with pull in some grays and blues. I’ll add some life with pops of greenery. I’ll be sure to share the outcome with you. I found this photo as an example of the direction I’ll be going in.
Another great way to change the feel of a room is by changing up the pillows. I’m going to try and use pillows that I already have, but here are a few that I really love.
Another area that caught my attention when the room was breathing, is the empty wall space near our piano. There’s so much white on the opposite side of the room, I think it would be nice to balance out the other side by adding some large white frames and some art.
Below I photo shopped some pieces onto the space to see how they would flow with the room. I’m still on the hunt for art work but here are two options that may work.
Here’s another option…I love testing art out with photo shop, it really let’s you get an idea of how the room will look.
Looking at the dining room all cleared out, the way to add in a modern element here would be through a rug under the table. I love the rug we have, find it HERE, but just for fun I linked a couple other modern rugs that would work well in this room.
What I am most excited about is transforming this space! I have disliked this niche in the wall since the day we moved in. While the house was breathing I finally got a vision of what to do here!I need to find a huge mirror and say goodbye to that odd niche all together! Why I hadn’t thought of this earlier, I don’t know. I credit having the space clear of all the distractions and letting it breathe.
I hope you try this technique; clear all of the distractions out of your room and let it breathe. My creativity really started to flow and I can’t wait to slowly add in some of these ideas.