I started this post yesterday- so I am going to go ahead and call it "Wallpaper Wednesday." I love to tell you about the trends- and let you know what is the "up and coming" look in interior design. One of those trends right now- is a re-visit of French styling. A good example of the French furniture influence is found in this post.
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Let me start by saying that you have a lot going on that is great. First of all- let me compliment you on your decorating of the hutch in the second picture. Very well done. You have a good eye for scale and are a terrific "overlapper." :) You have done a good job adding greenery.
You are also right that the area lacks a cohesive "finished" feel. It is in your walls. You have a traditional home, and yet you have very little pattern, and not a lot of texture. You are perhaps "playing it safe." Your wall color is nice- although perhaps a little dark, but I do not see it duplicated anywhere. There is no repetition. I would wallpaper the walls. This will make all the difference. There are a number of different ways you can go with this. Check out the paper at the top of the post. These come in a million different color ways- find a color that goes well with your rug.
- simple floral
- blissful blue
- traditional toile
The grasscloth is from grasscloth.com; the rest of today's papers are from York.
Let's get to the root of the problem. First of all- there is nothing inherently wrong with a two- color pallet. Do you really want more color, or do you simply want a more beautiful, interesting room? I find that what is more commonly the issue is a lack of pattern and textural variety.
Start by taking a look at your room from a perspective of pattern. How many different patterns do you have? Are they varying sizes? In a typical bedroom, I would suggest you have at least three different scales of pattern. For example- you can have a medium size pattern on your bedding, a larger, bolder pattern on your rug or wallpaper, and a small pattern on your window treatments. These patterns do not have to have a lot of color in them- they could all be shades of the same color and still look great.
Next look at your room in terms of texture. What different varieties of texture are there? Do you have any rougher textures like a rattan or jute? Increase your textural variety with different fabrics- accent pillows are an easy way to do this. They can be covered in anything from patent leather to fur. Take a look at your walls and ceiling- are they all drywall? Consider wood paneling, textured wallpaper, or a beamed ceiling. Replace your window treatments with a combination of woven Roman shades and silk panels. Add plants. Greenery- whether faux or real- is a perfect way to add textural variety to a room. Something rough, something nubby, something smooth- textural variety will add interest and beauty to your room like nothing else.
When you finish this exercise, do you find that you still need more color? If so- write me back :)