Creating the perfect room can stump even the most creative person. Often you begin with a paint color or some big pieces of furniture and try to hunt down the perfect accent pieces to tie it all together. But finding the right curtains, pillows or artwork to tie in multiple colors while embodying a certain style can be near impossible.
We recently discovered a no-fail formula to help you put together a cohesive, gorgeous room by starting backwards. The View Along the Way offers these four simple steps:
- Use Pinterest to pin rooms that inspire you.
- Set your “feel” words — ie, preppy, bright, moody, airy, dark, glamorous, comfortable, cozy, etc.
- Set your color palette by choosing your “lead,” — a piece that incorporates both the feel of your room and multiple colors you want featured in your room.
- Add patterns to keep the room from looking flat. General design advisors recommend one large scale pattern, a medium pattern, and a small geometric pattern.
We put this formula to the test to create a master bedroom that was soothing, traditional, and bright. Our inspiration via Pinterest was this gorgeous room:
Clockwise, starting top left: Wall Color, New Colonial Yellow by Sherwin Williams; Sheets, Affluence Home Fashions 1000 thread count sateen sheets, Glacier Blue; Headboard, Serena Ivory; Curtains, Baroque Grommet in Natural; Artwork, Blue Waterfall Canvas Painting via Joss & Main; Pillow, Jackson Solid Velvet Toss Pillow in Gold; Pillow, Orange Embroidered Geometric Pillow; Pillow, Iris Print Lumbar Pillow
We began with our lead — in this case, the gorgeous “Iris Print” pillow from World Market. With multiple shades of blue, coral, orange, red and gold, we knew this would give us some great color options. The design itself met our “feel” words too — the geometric pattern was traditional, but the watercolor-inspired print was soothing. The small hints of color added some brightness to an overall simple color palette.
With this as our base, it was easy to select a paint color, artwork, and the upholstered headboard. To work our patterns in, we selected taupe curtains with a medium-sized geometric pattern, and added the bright orange chevron toss pillow to serve as our smaller print. More pattern could be added with the addition of a swiss dot duvet or pinstripe comforter.
Stay tuned for more in this series, as we show you how to build rooms that range in style, budget and palette.