Tuesday, September 8, 2015

From White to Bright: Two Rooms, Two Design Principles

It's the first day of school here, and my end-of-summer blogging hiatus is over! If you follow me on Instagram, then you may have seen that I completed some projects IRL over the weekend (along with a TON of laundry!). 

For today's blog post, though, I want to talk about some imaginary rooms for a fun challenge with my pals at Chairish

The idea is to take a room from white to bright using a chair, or chairs, from their collection.

One of my favorite ways to create a sense of symmetry is by using two of an item: two lamps, two pillows, two chairs...
This room started with fantastic millwork and a pair of glass cylinder lamps behind the sleek sofa. I layered in the pink velvet Victorian chairs to give the room a different vibe and a punch of color. The colorful Otomi pillows on the sofa coordinate with the pink but add a different, funkier element. The wire coffee table and fiddle leaf fig tree in a concrete planter further modernize the room. 

Overall, it's meant to be a fresh, fun place for a working girl to come home, kick off her Kate Spade heels, and turn on a little music like this version of Whatever Lola Wants.

Pairs = instant symmetry

To link to the rest of the items used in this room, click here.


But what if, like me, you don't have a pair of chairs to decorate your room around?? This is where the second design principle that I promised comes into play. 

An assortment of three or more constitutes a collection, or creates a collected feel in a room. Odd numbers are also more visually interesting than pairs (although these two principles really work best when they work together).
This room by Ashley Goforth needed no improvement. The white sofa, Lucite waterfall table, and mirrored background are my idea of heaven. But, it is also the perfect room to illustrate the second design principle. I added in this harvest gold Hollywood Regency swivel chair and mixed it with other brassy elements such as the mid-century modern chandelier and bar cart. 

This adapted room also shows that you don't need to add bright colors to make a room bright. All that glitters is gold (or brass). To link to the items I added to this room, click here.

Thanks to my friends at Chairish for this fun challenge! To see even more options, visit the accent chairs section of their website. There are so many great choices! 

If you are interested in having me work with what YOU have, you can now hire me! Visit Your Organized Space to learn more.

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