There were moments this summer where my house looked like we had been broken into and ransacked. Just before school starts, my three kids decided it was time for a change and they took matters into their own hands. Two of them traded rooms and all three of them swapped out bedroom furniture with other rooms in the house.
It felt and looked like we were moving. It was a complete disaster and because it was overwhelming and unorganized, just getting the rooms unpacked and set up felt like enough work. I knew I would have to tackle the decorating elements at some point.
We are settled now and the room that needs the most work is my 11 year-old son’s. Right now it’s a perfect blank slate, ready to be made into a retreat for Connor. I know I want to keep the design simple and I also know I’m in good hands. Denise has volunteered to help me and I will be her loyal follower. There are a few elements that I know I want to include. A good statement piece is a foundation in design. Here are some ways we’re thinking of adding a little punch to Connor’s room and some rules to follow with these important elements.
Colour Limit the statement colour to just one. If you want the statement piece to take centre stage, don’t give it any competition. Keeping the rest of the colours soft neutrals will really allow your statement colour to shine. Don’t do more than just a few items, otherwise the colour will take over the room.
Texture If keeping the room neutral is your goal, make sure there are many different elements of texture. Bring in texture in the picture frames, bedding, and other accent pieces. Adding texture will give the room depth and make it feel put together without being over staged.
Lighting Using the light fixtures as statement pieces in the room. Lighting is one of the most important elements in the room and if you want to make a statement, the options are unlimited. If the lighting is the statement piece, make sure the rest of the room stays clean and subtle. Light fixtures can include elements of texture and colour but it’s still important they do the heavy lifting in the room. Make sure your light fixtures actually give off enough light.
There are still many decisions to make in Connors room but keeping it simple will be the goal. I’ve even involved him in the project. Right now he’s deciding on a theme and it looks like a travel theme is his first choice. It’s a work in progress and we will keep you posted!
Have a great day!