When my friend Erin suggested that a few of us surprise another friend, Carrie, with a makeover of her master bedroom for her birthday, I jumped all over that opportunity and totally geeked out about the chance to participate in a quick-and-dirty room refresh challenge!
We only had $200 and one week while Carrie was out of town to pull off this makeover!
Step one was figuring out Carrie’s style. We started talking about bedroom design – basically dominating all conversations we had with Carrie with talk of decorating – and thankfully, it motivated her to start a pinterest board of rooms she LOVED. The girls and I started stalking her pinterest board, and we saw lots of rooms like this:
See a common theme? Light and bright. White walls. Pops of color. Natural wood tones. Cool, happy, fresh. We figured we had her style nailed and couldn’t wait to get started.
THEN, late into the planning, she threw us a major curveball. She said, “I’ve found the bedroom that I’d love to have inspire my bedroom!” And it looked like this:
That’s the master bedroom at Liz Marie Blog. Beautiful, right? But it was SO SO different from everything else she loved. WARM colors. Darker. More textural. Total redirection.
We were all: “ummmmm.”
(*Long, confused pauses.*)
But we tried to gather all these ideas into one space and find what they had in common for her room. (I’ll show you how we translated it in the next post!)
If you’re ready to redecorate, pinterest is the PERFECT tool to analyze your own tastes and zero in on what would be a wise, long-term decorating decision versus something you end up not liking in a year. (I can’t be the only person on earth who does that mind-changing thing… right? *crickets.*)
Create a pinterest board for the room you’re making over, and start pinning. But be RUTHLESS. Only pin what you LOVE. Rooms where you’d want to live. (I have lots of room-specific pinterest boards if you need somewhere to start looking!)
Then, study your board and find the commonalities. How do these photos “feel” to you? Dark and moody? Light and airy? Happy and cheerful? Sultry and sexy? What colors and textures do they have in common? (This post at Fieldstone Hill is a great help for this process.)
This is what I did when I was planning my laundry room makeover. I really looked hard at what made me get all giggly-happy inside. (Here’s the post on that process.) And it helped me SO much when it came time to make real decisions. Because if you love decorating, sometimes the hardest part of making a decision is that you’re simultaneously NOT choosing a hundred other things.
If you choose bright whites with happy pops of color…
…you have to let go of the idea of a calming neutral space.
If you choose light and airy…
…you have to say buh-bye to the idea of a moody, sexy situation.
If you drool over home photos for kicks, sometimes it can be a little tough to mourn the kinds of rooms you’re NOT choosing. It’ll help focus your efforts so much when you know what you’ve pinned and what you LOVE LOVE LOVE to the deepest depths of your soul.
For example, I could just stare for days at pretty french country rooms like this:
That is gorgeous. Totally droolworthy. The more I look at photos like this (and I do often – I have some blogger friends I read who do French Country beautifully, like here, here and here), the more I start to be influenced by that for my home.
But my pinterest boards are all about glam, with a nod to tradition and chunky moldings all over the place. There’s not much rustic, not much burlap, not much all-neutral. When I find myself getting drawn by this style for my home, I “recenter” by checking out what I’ve pinned. It’s okay to admire other styles and love them! Just give yourself permission to admire them without decorating that way.
I have to do this, or else I’ll end up buying a Country-French sofa the day I saw a pretty photo in that style, then a midcentury coffee table when I read a magazine about midcentury style, then painting my walls black on some other decorating whim, and it’ll look like decorating confusion just puked all over my house.
By the way? An eclectic look with all different styles can be GORGEOUS. Just know that that’s the look you want, know what I’m sayin’?
I’ll show you how we translated Carrie’s pins in the next post! (UPDATE: see it here!) How do you find inspiration and narrow down what you dig when it comes to decorating?
P.S.: Check out past Decorating 101 posts right here!