I love when a room just "comes together"!
Being the organized freak that I am, I've already made a to scale furniture plan and specification sheets for every room of the new house... (Thank you, Dr. Russ and Dr. Curry for your fine teachings, inspiration, and wisdom.) :)
The image above is the color palette for my new master bedroom, and I couldn't be more excited... At first, I struggled to try to make myself go with something different, a color palette that I've never used before, but I just couldn't get all that into it... so instead I've opted for something homey and familiar (and on the warm side of the color wheel). I already own the pillowcase that I used for inspiration, and the window draperies fell into my lap for free (and score! they match perfectly!). I'm pumped about having a pink rug because I think it will fun and cheerful, and I think it will complement the yellow on the walls perfectly.
It's a trick that I saw about 6 years ago in a magazine somewhere, and it just stuck with me. How does everything look like it coordinates, even when everything was bought or painted over a span of 5 years? Dun-da-da-duuunnn... introducing my handy dandy Inspiration Notebook!
In this purse-sized notebook, I keep swatches of the room paint, furniture photos, sketches of ideas for rooms, clippings of details I find in magazines, etc. When everything is all in one place, it's a cinch to coordinate! Now when I'm out shopping and I find something I just love, I can whip out my handy notebook, see if it will match or coordinate, and I'm DONE. If it looks like it goes, I figure it's meant to be. If not, then it's not. Pretty simple formula there.
Does that sound like I'm too matchy-matchy? I'm really not. Ultimately, my design theory is that if I love all of the components, despite their condition, color, shape, or style... then I'll like all them together for the overall "look" in a room. My taste is definitely eclectic, so I find this theory is my justification for buying something random (most of the time). I'll show you what I mean once the house is finished and I have all of my accessories in it.... then I think you'll get the idea.
PS- all of the color swatches you see here aren't the wall colors... they're the colors from my "inspiration pillow" (thank you very much, Pier 1, circa 2005. Hey, if you watch closely, you can see this same pillow used on the set of Medium... ).
Happy Almost- weekend, folks!