In my life there is a constant battle between my crazy, neat-freak self and my design aesthetic self. I love the look of finished spaces with decorated walls, abundant color, texture and detail throughout. Unfortunately, sometimes the neat freak in me rules and I end up with a whole lot of bare empty space. Obviously, there is always a happy medium, it’s just a matter of getting there.
Getting a “finished” appearance in any room is a matter of filling visual voids without overwhelming your current design. Most importantly, I think WHAT you use to fill these voids should be things you connect with, versus things you think you should purchase just to get that mantle decorated (a.k.a. CLUTTER). So take your time and find those treasures that inspire you. I promise, you won’t go wrong.
Here is a great example of a “finished” living room- (via younghouselove.com)
From the left:
From the right:
All of the surfaces seem to be multi-textural, providing plenty of visual interest without feeling as though you’re being closed in on by “stuff.” I also adore the fact that the designer stuck with pretty neutral tones on the major furniture pieces, yet made the room fun and inviting with the sporadic pops of color! How fabulous is that little orange stool? The clear acrylic coffee table also creates visual space and makes the room feel much more open and airy. Two thumbs up from this neat freak!
If you’re looking to recreate this look in your own home, I did most of the hard work for you! Check out my copy-cat shopping list below:
Clockwise from upper left:
1) Modesto Modern Dry Bar Cabinet / 2) Buddha Head Bust Indoor-Outdoor Giant Statue Silver / 3) Gold leaf table lamp / 4) Cooper Classics wall mirror / 5) Jute rug / 6) Torre Tagus floral decor / 7) Hide rug / 8) Nailhead linen chair / 9) Navy ikat accent pillow / 10) Urban Trends Collection orange garden stool / 11) Alexandra Von Furstenberg Acrylic Tray / 12) CB2 clear accent table / 13) West Elm sofa
So what are you waiting for? Go create your own perfect finish!