In the early stages of decorating a room, it is often helpful to develop an overall “vision” or concept for the space (or perhaps even for the whole house), which can provide cohesion and help dictate all your subsequent decorating decisions. In a previous post, I discussed how I began decorating my living room by first choosing a large oriental area rug to cover up my less-than-ideal carpet. This rug also functioned as an “inspiration” piece, which then led to my overall concept for the room. The rug I chose was rich and ornate with a gorgeous color palette of deep navy blue, rust red, sage green, taupe, and a dusty gray-blue. When I imagined what the rest of the room might look like with this rug in it, I thought of a dark, warm, rich-looking library, with plush textiles, espresso wood tones, and gold accents.
The principle of developing a concept for each space is crucial because it helps give a room a unified “look” or “feeling,” which keeps the space from becoming disjointed or chaotic. Moreover, the concept affects every other decorating decision from the color palette, to the textures in the room to the type of accessories which will finish off the space. Since there are so many decisions to be made and the number of choices can often be overwhelming, it is also a very practical strategy to keep this guiding vision in mind throughout the design process.
Sometimes it’s helpful to even have a mood board or at least a color palette, which encapsulates this vision and can be continually referred back to. The photo at the beginning of this post shows my living room mood board, with all the various textiles that I used along with the wood tones and the types of accessories that i chose to accent the space. I also created the color palette above in Photoshop, which shows a detail of my living room rug and the colors which I pulled out of it to use throughout the room. It’s great to have these kinds of visual aids, which show at a glance how everything ties in together!