There have been some ch-ch-ch-changes going on in the living room at my house. Remember when I first shared the room with you here. While I luv my E & S tile wood wall and the big giant gray beast (i.e., sectional), something was amiss in this room. My sister told me it was all too gray and that I needed more color. Insert colorful pillows:
Still, the room didn’t feel right. The pillows just weren’t going with the rustic wood wall and without those pillows the room did feel a bit gray and dull. And then, good things happened in the world of decor. I went to a class at the West Elm store in Denver and met some super stellar, super stylish peeps. And as luck would have it, the class I went to was about showing a few of the rooms in your house to the esteemed panel and they would then critique the rooms and give you tips on areas you might be struggling with. The two rooms I showed were my living room and my master bedroom:
Both rooms suffer from the same problem, a lack of color and a whole lot of gray. But you know what they told me (and it is now my mantra)- neutrals are colors!!!! (LESSON #1) What?!?! This whole time I’ve been stressing about adding bright, punchy colors to my rooms when all along I had colors- they were just more muted. This friends, was a HUGE awakening for me. Dramatic you say- yes, perhaps- but really this bit of advice has stuck with me and made me feel a bit better about the overall feel of my rooms. So just remember, neutral are colors too.
Back to the living room- what was suggested to me for making this room better was to get a different rug. They suggested a darker rug, and one with less gray to add some contrast. At first I totally disregarded this suggestion because I had bought that rug from West Elm and how was I going to justify buying a brand new rug? Design geniuses came to the rescue again and suggested that I move the living room rug up to the master bedroom since I had mentioned wanting to add a rug up there. Remember my drawing of the master bedroom with a big ol’ rug added?
LESSON # 2- Shop the house when redesigning things. Many times owners have items that can work in another room if they aren’t quite working in their current room. Knowing that getting a new rug for my living room would be a win-win for two rooms in my house I went ahead with their suggestion and got a darker, more natural rug for the room. They suggested layering two rugs in this room to provide a nice contrast against the dark floors. Going along with this, I ordered this jute rug from Overstock as my bottom layer rug and then ordered the Kite Kilim rug from West Elm as the top layer.
I have to say, their suggestion was spot on. I love the new rugs in the room and the slightly ethnic look that it brings to the room. And the natural fibers of the rug help bring more texture into the room. This goes with the third lesson I learned from West Elm that day: LESSON #3: Bring natural elements into every room. There are many ways to bring in natural elements, whether through jute rugs, bamboo window shades, or woven baskets in a room. These pieces really bring dimension to your room. But of course with this new direction in the room, those bright colored pillows really were not working. Luckily pillows are a quick fix so I ordered this pillow and two of these pillows from West Elm.
A little close up of the side table shows a new vase and succulent in the room too. Gold leaf came to the rescue again and livened up the bottom of this white vase that came from Crate and Barrel.
And that old rug from the living room? It has found a new home in the master bedroom.
Just for fun, one more shot of the living room before and after the changes.
Small changes like these make me happy. They however do not make my husband happy. Next dilemma for this room- drapes or no drapes? And if you get the chance to attend a class at a West Elm store in your neighborhood- DO IT! Not only are they super fun and informative but you get to look around one of my favorite stores!
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