I started the Urge To Purge Series a few months ago. If you want to read the first segment, go here to read it. This is the first one for 2016. There will be others throughout the year.
As you know, I got the urge on Christmas Eve to take everything off the walls in the living, kitchen and dining space and paint. I painted the walls a nice bright white. It was what I had and so it was what I used.
I put everything in stacks all over the apartment. So when the paint was dry, I was at somewhat of a loss as to where to start.
I knew I wanted the cow painting I showed yesterday over the couch. That was all I'd planned. And I love it there.
I'm still dibbling and dabbling with the rest.
When you're faced with clean blank walls and want to know where to start, choose your show stopper. Mine was the cow picture.
Once you've done that and hung it on the wall, you want to add more things. But you don't want to take away from "the show stopper." That is where you want your visitor's eye to rest first when they walk in your door.
People who have fireplaces often focus on that area. But if you don't have a fireplace, it doesn't mean that you can't "anchor" the room with your favorite piece.
As you add things, you'll find that you will most likely, like me, will step back and decide you don't like it. Then I take it down, use some spackle to fill the holes and paint over it.
Obviously my "feature color" is red. I love red. I could jump in red and swim.
But you don't want to go overboard with it. It is your feature color, but at the same time your accent color. You want it top "pop" against everything else.
As I work my way around the room, I try to put something more sedate next to something with lots of color. To provide balance and to give the eye a rest.
I tried not to go crazy with the quilts. And most people I know don't hang quilts on walls. But I find that they are the ultimate in providing what I call "the cozy factor."
I have the same buffalo-checked red and white curtains at three windows. I only have one other window, in the kitchen, and I have simply draped vintage linens there for a look of simplicity and whimsy. In other words, I did it on a whim!
I am going to be more careful what I put on my walls, because I spent a lot of time fixing holes and painting.
Remember there are no rules. Go with what you love. That's what makes it "your" home.
You don't want it to look like a post you saw on a blog or an entry on Pinterest. That takes your personality out of your home, and your personality is what distinguishes your home from everyone elses.
Here are a few tips for decorating your walls/tables/etc:
1. Layer. I put things in front of quilts, and that really makes a statement. Layer paintings over paintings on tables or mirrors over mirrors.
2. Try putting something on the wall and then "framing" it with an open frame, as I did on the EAT wall hanging in the kitchen. That is a fun look, and let's you bring in more color.
3. Don't let color scare you. Arrange things. Leave it a few days. Then decide if it's right or not. You're not signing a contract. You're decorating your home. It doesn't have to be done in a day.
4. Use one "show stopper" piece, like my cow painting. After you put it up, everything else is secondary to that piece and should accentuate it.
5. Layer linens in a window. They are easy to rearrange and add new linens whenever you want. Just put up a standard expandable curtain rod and layer away. They're very cheap.
6. Get on the internet and Google things you like. I love vintage photos of children. I use them to accessorize tabletops or clip to an old cheese grater, etc.
7. Put some pretty bottles in the window. It's lovely with the sunlight shining through.
8. Use mirrors to visually expand your space and to highlight something you can see in it.
9. Paint is pretty cheap. I have spray painted many lamps and all kinds of things. It freshens things up and gives you new possibilities.
10. Decorate with what you love, and what says "you." If you love books, make them part of your decorating strategy. If you love rocks, you can add them to a vignette. (I'm probably the only one who loves rocks!)
If you love candles, find a new way to showcase them. If you love quilts, take them out of the trunk and hang them on the wall. Not only will you get to enjoy them more, but they aren't supposed to be folded up too long, or the creases will start to thin and fray.
Anyone have anything to add to this list?
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