Unless you have interesting architectural details in your home, (and the majority of us do not) it’s going to take some thought to decorate your room.

If you’ve got great architecture like large windows, beams, beefy trim, gorgeous floors, high ceilings, you’re one of the lucky ones.

 Let’s look at a few examples of bland in action.


I’m sure some people look at this room and are okay with it. It’s not horrible.

It is an easy way to decorate a room. Maybe you know you like gray. I agree it’s a great neutral but then you get stuck and scared to add more color.

Oh wait, there is the vase of flowers. Thank you for this!

Gray on top of gray on top of gray is depressing folks! This is not timeless. This room will look dated in 5 years.


This room is gray and is far from boring:


Small does of blush, wood, a mixture of art and accessories,

patterned pillows in shades of blue and gray, plants, lots of textures.

The walls are gray but if you look closely, the gray has a hint of pink in it.


Art that shows an interest or personality.

Different fabric and surface textures, shades of similar or contrasting colors.

Where do you find cool pieces for a good price? There are so many options!

Ikea is a good one. Target too…especially with The Nate Berkus and Emily Henderson collections.

Home Goods is a fun place to shop, I like it. There is a rule of thumb though when it comes to shopping these big box stores:

You need to be SELECTIVE.

Too much of the new and you end up with a boring, predictable space that looks store bought (somewhat of a sin) and not special.


Shop Antique and Vintage Stores for Character Elements

This is such an important decorating resource.

I can’t say this enough.

You must have some old mixed in with the new to create a layered and interesting space.

So many vintage stores and antique malls have popped up in the last few years. There are so many to go visit.

I am not talking about boring brown – granny – furniture. Look for interesting woods, colors and accent pieces that express your style.

Add REAL art

Okay, so a few store bought pieces of art is not a bad thing. But you are going to need to mix it up.

You can find “real” art for pretty cheap at local antique and vintage shops.

Don’t be scared to make a run through at your local charity shops, like Goodwill. You really never know what you might find.

Also, you can make your own! DIY some color on large canvas from the Craft Store. Channel your inner Jackson Pollock!

Add Texture and Different Wood Tones

Mix your woods up.

Different wood finishes gives personality to your space.


Add some pops of color that relate to your art. Pillows, rugs, lamps, throws are all good ways to inject some life into your space.

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