Now some of you may be thinking, "Okay, yeah right, Whitney. I mean have you seen the living room you just posted a picture of? My house looks nothing like that nor will it ever."
I hear you, but just hold yer horses for a little bit by golly. Sometimes I post rooms for these Wednesday posts because they are practical and more attainable, and sometimes I post rooms like these because I love them and there is so much you can learn from them and implement some of the same general principles that make them great into your own space. You don't have to have a grand living room with lofty ceilings in order for your space to feel just as grand in it's own right. Let's not forget the little people or look down on them because their small.
I love this room because it feels a lot like I want our living room to feel. Fresh, clean, light, calming, but still energetic. So what are the things that make it feel this way and look so great?
1. Architectural design and details
Let's just get this out of the way, because these things do help make this space amazing and they shouldn't be ignored. First it's got those lofty, high ceilings. Swoon. Second, are the huge and numerous windows letting in all that beautiful light. Swoon. Third, you've got amazing coffered ceilings and detailed trim and moldings on the ceilings and walls. Swoon. Swoon. Swoon. ( I think Kendall might be jealous when he reads this and sees all this swooning.)
So, can you incorporate any of these things into your space?
Absolutely. Although you may not be able to add windows (or maybe you can) or raise your ceilings to such grand heights, you can add trim and crown moulding. Although it is work, it adds so much to a room. It's like adding earrings to your outfit or filling in your eyebrows, which I've recently started doing and let me tell you, it makes a difference!
And don't forget your ceiling. Even if your ceiling is too low to coffer, you can always paint it or paper it or add a ceiling medallion around your light fixture for a little interest
2. Let's Talk Color
This color scheme is very much along the same lines that I'm going with in our living room. You can catch that post here if you missed it. I love the white. It feels so clean and fresh. You've got the touches of black and grey that add contrast and the wood tones, mustard yellow, and touches of gold add warmth and ground the space giving it depth and richness.
When you're planning your room, don't forget this important element. Again, lighting is to a room what jewelry is to your outfit.
This chandelier adds so much interest to the space.
You've also got a couple of lamps that we can see in this view of the room.
Not only do the chandelier and lamps look pretty, but they provide more light combined and also create a different atmosphere in the room when used separately.
- The curtains frame the window and continue the clean, white theme. The best thing about these curtains is how they're hung. All the way from the ceiling to the floor. If you're wanting to create the illusion of height in your room, hang your curtains this way.
- Tassles. Okay this may be the best thing about the curtains. I love how they add a touch of whimsy in an otherwise grand space.
- Vignettes are little moments that are created in a space such as the styling on the coffee table or on the table in front of the mirror. Vignettes are often what add your personal touch to a space and make it special. Take the time and effort to create and style these in your own home and you'll be surprised at how it will elevate your space and make it feel more like you.
- The one thing I don't see in this space, which I'd kind of like to is a plant or two somewhere. Plants just make a room feel a little bit more fresh and alive.
Let's Bring It In
So if you want to incorporate some of the elements of this room into your home try incorporating some these ideas.
- Add crown molding
- Add molding to your walls
- Hang your curtains high and to the floor to add height to your space
- If going all white or neutral on the walls, be sure to incorporate wood tones, pops of color, and lots of texture to warm up your room and add contrast. Otherwise, your mind will just go to sleep and you'll feel sluggish.
- Add art to your walls. Always add art.
- Create vignettes like they did on the coffee table and table in front of the mirror,
If you want to see more of this beautiful space and home that belongs to designer, Nate Berkus, head on over to Architectural Digest. I'm always inspired by the homes and spaces they showcase.