Most of us like to change our wardrobe every season and some of us even change it weekly depending on our moods. You might dress like a badass today with your leather and spike heels, then feel sweet and flowery next week. I have a friend who changes her hair color every week. So, why can’t we do this with our home decor? We can. If you start with the right staple pieces, it’s cheap and easy to rotate your home’s style.
For your main pieces, choose a solid color and be consistent throughout your home with it. I prefer white, because it is a blank canvas, while helping everything seem bigger. I have white walls, sofas, dining table, shelving, dog stairs, tv and aquarium stands. These are my base coat. You can certainly choose another base color, just choose carefully that it will match a variety of colors throughout the years, and avoid going with a patterns, unless the pattern is still the same base color. Textured pieces are great! That’s in an upcoming post.
By going with a white background, you can change your décor as often as you like. Let’s say spring is coming and I want to do pastels (this has never been my style, btw). I can bring in the color by using throw pillows, towels, a bedspread, framed art, vases, flower posts, ottomans, figurines, area rugs, in spring colors and flowers, keeping my white aesthetic. These can all be easily found at IKEA, dollar stores, and discount stores.
Let’s say by the summer, I’ve developed a leopard print fetish, inspired by a new swimsuit. Again, I can change out all of the small things aka home accessories, and spread leopard throughout. This is so much easier than starting with a multi-colored sofa, and getting tired of it.
This plan also works if you are living in a small apartment that doesn’t allow you to paint the walls, or if you’re afraid of paint, then they’re most likely white. Adding a bold colored book shelf or sofa, the outline can make the room appear smaller, if you’re already in a small space. For small spaces go tall rather than wide. Keep the window dressings white or your base color. Then all of the accessories will bring a pop of color without diminishing your square footage appearance.
One thing to keep in mind with any completely solid base color is if you, your pet, or your friends or family have low vision. Everything can sort of blend together. You need to break up the lines, in this case. I’m low vision, and my dog has advanced cataracts. Like attracts like, right? Her white doggie stairs leading up to the sofa have had black tape added to the back of each step, to let her know that’s where it ends, and how deep into it she can jump, and so that I don’t trip over them. It happens. I’ve also added somewhat discrete, small squares of black and yellow glow tape to the bottom of shelves that protrude out. Keeping the main area rug almost white, there is a light grey design to differentiate the bottom of the sofas with the flooring. However, once you begin adding your pops of color, this will help in breaking up the lines. This is not just with a white base. All red, all black, or any other color, will run together. Throw in a contrasting color to separate it here and there, so that you aren’t preparing an ice pack for your vision impaired friend that comes to visit.
A great rule of thumb, keep accessibility in mind with all of your decor, even if you don’t have someone in your life at the moment, who needs it. You might meet that awesome new person in your ceramics workshop that you’d love to invite to your next game night.