Having talked about letting go of perfection last week, we thought we better help you create interiors that are not so perfect. For many of you, creating the perfectly imperfect room will be scary but it is not as hard as it sounds. The main in creating an imperfect room is to try to achieve welcoming, cosy, relaxing and comfortable feeling. To simplify the process we have made a list: (this is a perfectionist thing to do- I know!
- The easiest and most important thing to do is to colour your room in. Yes, paint those walls a warm welcoming deeper colour and it will instantly transform your space. White/off white doesn’t do that. Colour is the easiest, least expensive, most transforming, old decorator’s trick in the book. Go for a soft neutral like Dulux Waitangi, North Head, or Opononi. Be brave and make it double strength.
- Move the furniture off the walls. Get the big pieces – sofas and chairs in an arrangement as if they are “talking” to each other. It looks so welcoming. Add the big and squishy, comfy too. (layers again). Next place the side tables there with the lamps/candles as that is where you comfortably want to place your G&T tonight isn’t it it?
- Add texture, texture, texture, layers of it. Create an element of rough with smooth. Fluffy with shiny. Everything all shiny and smooth, is cold and unwelcoming. Frigid. So add rough loved furniture, the shaggy rug, hand knitted throw, the wicker basket. This creates a tension and vibrancy in a room which moves it into an interesting space, far away from bland land.
- Add layers, layers, layers, of texture yes, but also the quirky, interesting, and underlying. Add the rug, add the cushion, add the wallpaper, add the pattern, create some tables-capes, make the mantle piece look magic. This all creates layers of interest in a room. Yes, you will have to dust a little, but at least it will be interesting.
- Add some lighting. Get those lamps plugged in, candles lit, and put them in corners and on tables. As many as you like. They add interesting pools of light to a room, are beautifully soft, warm and welcoming and of course less than perfect. Overhead ceiling pot lights, perfectly placed in the 4 corners of the room just don’t do this. They are stark, unwelcoming, uninteresting and predictable.
- Next you need to add something less than perfect- a little bit of wacky, quirky, odd ball, unpredictable and funny. Even a stuffed animal will do. When everything is too perfect it lacks humour and therefore is uptight and perfect.
Now you can sit comfortably in your re aligned space and enjoy with your family and friends. What could be more perfect than that?