Everyone needs a little interior design inspiration! We’ve asked blogger Lindsay Hines from Whimsy Girl Design to help us answer some of your home decorating questions.
I was so excited when Tuesday Morning asked me to help out a few readers with your design dilemmas. Let’s face it … it’s that time of year when the holidays are over, you’re trying to get your house back in shape and you’re ready for some changes! I know I am constantly changing up décor, rearranging spaces and adding a few accessories here and there to give my home a new look!
Well, today I am answering some of the questions asked here in hopes of making your projects less stressful!
“I have a red sofa and I want to create a new look in the family room … new chairs, area rugs and drapes. What colors do you suggest I go with? I have heard navy, cream, aqua — I’ve heard it all. I know red is bold, but I want the space to feel relaxing … not too much color and bold!” – Margarita
That is a great question, Margarita! Red can be bold, but there are ways to tone it down to create a more relaxing feel. With your question in mind, I went to my local Tuesday Morning store and did a little shopping for you! Here’s the design board I created:
To start with, I found a great tufted accent chair that I knew would be perfect in the space. The details add interest, but the color is nice and neutral! I carried out the same shade in the drapery panels and throw pillows to keep the look consistent. Adding the pillows to the couch would soften up the red and create a cozy feel. I love the jute accent on the edge of the pillows … just enough details to make them interesting without overdoing it! I selected two different rugs that I thought would be great with the rest of the items. Of course, the jute textured rug would give you more of that serene look, whereas the blue trellis rug would add a more vibrant look. The great thing about Tuesday Morning is it has a variety of styles to choose from, so there is always an option to fit your personal taste!
To finish off the space, I found a fabulous, oversized wall clock. The rustic wood is a great way to add texture to the space. I also spotted the lanterns and knew they would be the perfect accessory to place on a mantel or console table. Add candles to create a pretty glow, and your room is complete!
“My walls in the living room are white, my rugs are brown and beige, and the other furniture is tan. I’ve been offered a lovely, white recliner. Would it stick out too much, do you think?” – Mary
Hi Mary! I say if you want the lovely, white recliner then we will find a way to make it work! From what you stated, you are starting off with a pretty neutral room with different shades of tans and browns. Bringing in a white piece of furniture might disrupt the flow of the room and cause the white chair to look out of place. However, by adding a few new pieces, I think we can adjust the color scheme in the room and tie everything together! Here’s what I came up with in order to do just that:
So, you bring in the white chair … then what?
Well, I headed to Tuesday Morning and started shopping! First, I knew I wanted to find a throw blanket that would add a touch of white to the couch. I spotted a faux fur throw and knew it would be perfect for this project. The fact that it is white but has a subtle brown undertone is a great way to bring the colors together. Next, I came across the embroidered throw pillows shown on the couch. Of course, the white background ties in the white chair, but the blue and brown detailing adds interest to the space. To break up the solid white color of the chair, I added a fun blue accent pillow … again, balancing the color throughout the space. For lighting, I used a simple glass and jute lamp. While it doesn’t add color to the space, it does bring in a nice texture. Of course, Tuesday Morning has a great selection of accent pieces to help accessorize the space. A mix of the blue and white pieces shown on the design board would really finish off the room!
“Honestly, the hardest things for me to decorate are my table and shelf tops. I have a hard time making side tables, my entry table, bookshelves and the mantel top look nice. I’d love advice on that!” – Maellen
Such a great question, Maellen! A lot of people struggle with this, and it can be tricky. Hopefully, my tips and tricks will help make it a little easier.
First of all, don’t overthink it. A simple picture frame and candle can go a long way. You don’t have to have a ton of “stuff” to create a polished look! In my master bedroom reading nook, I styled my side table with a few small pieces. Books are always a great item to use … simply layer a few pieces on top to create an interesting vignette.
I went with the same simple approach when styling one of my favorite Tuesday Morning finds — this wicker lidded basket I use as a side table. Just three items can make a big statement. A decorating book, this pretty mercury glass lantern I picked up from Tuesday Morning and a jute-wrapped magnifying glass were easy ways to make an impact. I added a simple votive candle to the lantern, and I love the glow it creates. Candles are a great way to add ambiance to any space!
Another idea is to use items that can be changed up when you are ready for a new look! This crate on my coffee table is changed up quite often. I love the fact that I can get a completely new look by adding seasonal décor. I happened to come across these faux ferns at Tuesday Morning and knew they would be great for spring! The ferns bring in a natural element and add a nice pop of color.
Another tip … when you have a lamp present, use it as a backdrop for the other décor. I like to create small vignettes using a few key pieces. This galvanized side table from Tuesday Morning has so much detail on its own, so I didn’t want my accessories to compete with it. In order to keep things interesting but simple, I used a potted fern, decorative antlers and a candle to complete the look.
Simple pieces, but they make a bold statement!
One of my “go-to” tips when it comes to styling a space is adding in a tray. Trays can be used to define a smaller space when you have a large area to work with. They can be styled very easily with books or magazines. I found this faux succulent at Tuesday Morning and put it in a cloche I already had. I finished it off with a candle for a cozy look. Simple décor, but it looks great when it’s all put together!
.A trip to Tuesday Morning is a great way to start on your home décor projects … just look at the selection of great items I found during my last shopping trip!