Building a room from the ground up isn’t as intimidating as it may seem. Layer by layer, you can easily create a space full of character and personality with vintage and handmade pieces. Here are a few methods to create a dynamic, appealing space.
[Clockwise from top left: Vintage Rug fom OldNewHouse; Club Chair from OrmstonSaintUK; Whale Art from ARMINHO; Vintage Baskets from OrmstonSaintUK; Quad Floor Lamp by FurnishedModern; Chest of Drawers from SalvageChicStudio]
Start with the floor and work your way up, choosing something textural, dimensional, colorful or pattern-driven. Beginning with a statement pattern means that furniture can be simpler. Accessories with a pop of color help draw it all together.
[Clockwise from top left: Modern Console from Industry Home; Sheep Rug from MILABERT; Vintage Glass Pendant from BootsNGus; Lucite Tray by Tilly Maison; Bubble Vases by TokyoCraftStudios; Abstract Painting by ElenasArtStudio]
For a room filled with luxury, mix textures and metallic finishes in a similar palette with one big attention grabber like an amazing piece of art, dramatic gilded drapes, or a show-stopping furniture piece.
[Clockwise from top left: Jute Rug by Momentummats; Queen Walnut Bed by HedgeHouse; Mid-Century Poster by VisualPhilosophy; Twig Hooks by StudioLiscious; Embroidered Pillow by TARZANPILLOW; Gooseneck Lamp from aniandrose]
Natural rooms can be hard to get right because everything starts to blend together. Bold, simple graphics can keep the overall feeling subdued while adding in plenty of variation.
[Clockwise from top left: Kilim Rug from pillowstore; Arc Lamp from CoMod; Wood Dresser by CurtisFurniture; Watercolor Painting by YaoChengDesign; Brass Tray from OlsenVintageMarket; Cast Iron Jacks from UrbanTradingPost]
Whatever your style, building a cohesive spot that you adore is best taken one layer at a time. I promise, you’ll love the custom style that results.
Erin Souder loves to create and is the voice behind the daily DIY and home style blog, House of Earnest. She is a Columbus-based creative who works in product development, and specializes in floral design and event styling. In her spare time, Erin likes to make lists and check things off of them. She lives a 100 year old farmhouse with her husband and their schnauzer, Perry.