Hello Guys! Here on the West Coast Fall is starting to set in. This isn’t normal at all. Normally we’ve already had a few disastrous storms under our belt, some flooding and the colourful leaves have mostly fallen off the trees and onto the ground. But this year we’ve had almost a full month of sunshine in October. That isn’t normal! But it’s been so nice and I’ve kind of taken every day in stride as it might be our last beautiful day. Well those sunshiny days have finally come to an end and the fog and rain has come. Honestly, I’m not too mad about it. I love how these gloomy days bring comfort. I like to throw a big batch of chilli into my slow cooker, light a few candles and throw on some oversized comfy clothes and my day is set. It’s funny how the little things make me happy.
Today I wanted to hop onto the blog to chat about how you can style a room for free. A lot of my pieces are thrifted, salvaged or antiques that have been passed down through my family. People always come into my home saying it looks so put together and beautiful and I kind of feel like I mostly throw things together, so I’m teaching you how you can do it too!
- Pick One Item In Your Room To Draw Colour From ( Rug, Pillows, Drapes Etc )
I like to pick a colour in my rugs if there’s a rug in my room and then decorate around that. As you can see in the below photo, I’ve taken the sea-foam green/blue colour and you can see it pop through the spaces in the glass vases, the oversized pillows on my chairs and the prayer beads on my mantle.
It’s important to remember that when decorating a space, you don’t want colours and textures to compete. This causes a space to feel overwhelming and like it doesn’t ‘flow’.
I like to keep a pretty neutral palette in my rooms so I can easily switch up colour schemes and decor.
For example, I have pink sofa covers that I can easily incorporate into my space because there isn’t a ton of colour conflicting in the space.
2. Decorate in Groups of Threes.
From a designers standpoint, you’re supposed to decorate in groups of 3 or 5’s. It looks odd to the eye to decorate in duplicates. That being said, if all you have is two – try using another piece of decor to offset the pair to give it a grouping of thee.
As you can see on my mantle, I only have two candlesticks, but I’ve placed a candle on top of set of three books to give it the illusion that there are three candlesticks. You can also see that more prayer beads, books and dried eucalyptus tie in with the pops of colour throughout the room.
3. Use Different Textures
When you play with different textures in a room, it actually gives the room more depth. As you can see in my room I have many different types of pillows, throw blankets and fabrics. It actually makes the room seem a lot more cozy than it is and gives the space more character.
My favourite textures in this space are my shaggy pom blanket from Anthropologie ( I got it a few years back on clearance ), I also like my patch pillow that I have a tutorial for here.
4. Use A Mirror To Bring Light Into A Space
This is one of the oldest tricks in the book. I pretty much have mirrors in every room of my home to add depth and faux lighting Into a space.
For some reason the overhang above our windows makes the fireplace and corners of our room look dark, so I’ve placed a mirror above the fireplace to appear like there is more light in the space than there is.
and there you have it. Four super easy ways how you can style a room for free. These are tricks I use for every single room in our home and it never ceases to amaze me what you can do with a little bit of inspiration from Pinterest and a few select blogs and a few thrift store finds.
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