Planning a warm and organized front room has been on my list, and although I have already tackled the space for a couple of times, I didn’t cross it off yet. Why? Because when I look at it now, something is missing in the equation. It simply doesn’t tell our story. If you have been following along, you know that I’m all for a minimalist style. If you’re new here, thank you for stopping by and welcome.
Over a year ago, I faced with a challenge of furnishing our clean slate house. My goal is to have various DIY projects to engrave our personal style in every space. I knew then that the process could take time and that I’ll be in a few hurdles while learning new things. In this process, two things stuck in my mind. First thing first: 1) consider the fixed and large furniture when choosing wall paint colors because 2) it’s easier to play around with bold colors decors with neutral walls.
Let me take you to the memory lane. Mistake #1: I bought an area rug that I eventually realized it’s not our style. I replaced it with the one we have now, and I’m sure it will stay for a long time in this house. Mistake #2: I miscalculated the size of the space. At first, I thought it’s big enough. But as soon as I decorated it with dark finished furniture, it turned out to be small. As a solution, I decided to paint the furniture with white to give it an illusion of a spacious room in the most cost-effective way.
HOW TO PLAN A WARM AND ORGANIZED FRONT ROOM
*Determine how you want to use the space. In our case, the front room serves as our lounge where we welcome our guests, and it’s also my working/ reading space most of the time when I’m not in my office.
*Know the kind of items you want to display in the space. As a minimalist, I carefully do an inventory of things with a goal to balance the extremes of having too much and too less. I genuinely believe that minimalism doesn’t equate to lack of style or the worst, none at all.
*Choose what kind of organizers you need and get the exact measure to avoid waste of time for returns and back to the store to find a replacement. What size, color, shape, texture, design, etc. do you prefer?
*Decide if you need lights. If so, what kind? What size? What style? It’s highly essential to know what kind of lights you need and where it will be placed in the front room.
*Plan ahead. Are you going to decorate every season and on holidays? How are the furniture pieces look with seasonal decors? My idea of decorating is to leave the large furniture and fixtures (moving them is fine; but not replacing them, if all possible) where they are and simply change things up to keep it cost effective.
*I decided to install an IKEA Billy Bookcase in our front room. Putting the three bookcases together was the easiest so far. See the video of the first phase of this IKEA hack.
*I’ll install plug-in wall lamps. The installation can potentially be challenging but doable.
*I’ll have personalized display of items that we already have in the bookcases.
*I’ll hang a gold round mirror on the wall to add some character in the space.
*I’ll also hang photo frames on the naked walls. However, my mind is still debating if I should display our own photos or use abstract ones.
*I’ll mix real and faux plants to decorate the space.
*Finally, I’ll add a ton of personal and minimalist touch. Stay tuned!
How do you use your front room? Is it often the space to welcome your guests? What’s your decorating style?
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