Let's get back to the fundamentals for decorating.
Color: The Color Wheel is a great tool to help you navigate color combinations. (Don't miss past posts on monochromatic, complimentary & triad color schemes)
If you find the color wheel difficult to use than find an object, such as a pillow, to help you with color inspiration.
Here we see how color can be used to update a piece of furniture, it's also an easy way to add that pop of color to a room (especially if you're renting and can't paint the walls!). This piece was painted using a new line of paint inspired by OPI Nail Lacquer. This is shade is Miami Beat from the OPI Color Palette by Clark+Kensington available at ACE hardware stores nationally.
Pillows: Crate & Barrel
Layering: So important & easier than you think! Anchor the room with an area rug, pull a color from the rug for the wall & ceiling color, arrange furniture, hang window coverings, add lighting & lastly accessorize!
Here you can see the different layers - wallpaper, mirror, furniture than they pull it together with different size and patterned pillows, then they use two different style tables & added accessories.
See how this very basic bathroom comes alive by adding wallpaper.
This is a beautiful example of how a room should be pulled together - neutral color sofa, then they added the colors yellow, gray and black with the subtle addition of teal in the accessories.
Fabric: Thibaut Design
Accessorize: This can pull a room together. After the room has all the necessary pieces and a function floor plan it's time to add all the interesting touches...art work, family photos, mirrors, pillows, throws/blankets, candles, baskets, books, the ideas are endless.
Design: Wendy Hughes
I've said this before, but I'll say it again - a room doesn't get pulled together in one day. Start with the basic needs and then take your time finding those special items to pull the room together.
Important tips to remember:
Know when to stop
Less is more
Big is better