|Image courtesy of West Elm|
Your furniture has arrived and it looks great, but there is something missing. It doesn't look like it did in the magazine.
Wonder why? First of all Styling for a photo shoot is intense! There is the interior designer who had the vision, professional stylers with a myriad of accessories at their disposal, photographers with their lighting assistants, a director, editor etc..
Achieving the Look in your own home is not that simple!
Don't despair, lets figure out how to get it right.
I like to take a photo of the piece of furniture including the whole area/wall behind it: Looking at a photograph helps alienate all the other items in the room and helps focus on one area without getting overwhelmed.
What do you see?
- Is the furniture blending in with the wall?
- Does it look too small?
- Does it look dark?
- Does it look bare?
|Photo courtesy of House Beautiful|
If the furniture you bought is too small for the space? Add width by placing something on either side, tall plants or a pair of chairs. Go asymmetrical for a more casual approach.
|Symmetrical Arrangement ~ Photo courtesy of House Beautiful|
|Asymmetrical Arrangement ~ Photo courtesy of House Beautiful|
Too dark? Lighting is key! A pair of wall sconces on either side of your artwork/mirror, a table lamp or floor lamps will brighten up and change the whole feeling of the space.
Finally, don't leave it bare! After positioning all the larger items (chairs, lamps etc..) visit your local Pottery Barn or West Elm stores for 'Designer' accent pieces.
It's now time to think about adding some decorative items to the mix. It is a great opportunity to add color without commitment! I like to group smaller items in 3's, one larger piece on its own for effect, and don't forget a family photo!
|Orbs ~ West Elm|
|Collection of Silver & Glass ~ Pottery Barn|
You can also use these tips to breath new life into a tired room. you don't have to spend a lot of money to get the look. Take cue from interior design magazines and consider hiring a professional!
Have a fabulous weekend!
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