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Did I ever tell you about the time I lost my mind and bought a turquoise armoire?
Not a pale dusty greyed-over blue, mind you. No, this was straight out of the crayon box full-on bright turquoise.
And did I mention the Aztec motifs it had painted in bright coral? Apparently this was part of my Southwestern phase. Well, more accurately, it was the entirety of my ‘blink-and-you-missed-it’ Southwestern phase.
It was a very expensive mistake I lived with for a long time. At first I tried to decorate with it. And then I tried to decorate around it. Later, I tried to ignore it, which was rather impossible when you’re talking about a huge turquoise armoire. Ultimately, I painted it and eventually relegated it to the basement.
What on earth was I thinking?
How to Try Out a New Home Decor Style
In case it’s not obvious, this is not the way to try out a new home decor style.
But what happens when you discover a style that completely romances you? Do you stay away because it’s a passing trend? Or do you indulge your infatuation for the sake of having fun?
I say indulge away, but do it on a smaller scale. Much like with fashion, the best way to enjoy trends, or design styles that you’re experimenting with, is to find inexpensive options and go deep on decorative accessories.
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of French Country style, and I love to use white and neutrals to play off my antique pieces.
My rooms tend to be built around white and greige, with chippy gilding and vintage silver used as “accent colors”. I wouldn’t call my style formal or rigid, but I do lean toward tailored, albeit relaxed elegance.
That said, no matter how well defined my decor style is, I also enjoy playing with other design styles, ranging from cottage farmhouse through rustic industrial and stretching all the way to modern glam.
I love to flirt with color, particularly feminine colors, and most notably pink. And while a color doesn’t preclude maintaining a vintage French style, in the living room I’m sharing today, I went decidedly off my usual script.
I was feeling a bit playful and decided to try something new. It’s less vintage than usual, more colorful for sure, and perhaps even a bit glam. I added a refreshing spark to my living room with very simple and inexpensive items.
The best part of decorating with home accessories is that you can change a room’s look in no time. I styled this look in under 20 minutes, as part of our blogging series, ’20 Minute Decorating’. Be sure to enjoy the other bloggers’ posts at the bottom of this one.
Following are 5 categories you can concentrate on when looking to try out a new decor style without a major commitment, whether it be farmhouse or glam, or any other attitude or concept.
Pillows and Throws
Easily the fastest way to infuse a room with a new look, adding tossed pillows and throw blankets can introduce color, pattern and texture into a space.
For my blush pink living room I decided to play up the subtle pinks that were already there with a mix of pillows that mirror the dusty pink from the aubusson rug.
A jaunty buffalo check plays off the mauve slub end pillows, which in turn flank the cream button pillow.
Unabashedly feminine, pink room decor doesn’t have to be sugary sweet. A cream sweater knit throw blanket drapes seductively over a side chair in the adjacent corner.
Quirky Decorative Piece
Pulling in one quirky decorative piece that’s purely for fun gives a room real personality.
I used the gold and white ceramic pineapple as such a piece, placing it under the cloche for an extra note of drama. It serves no functional purpose yet anchors the room firmly in the glam style I was toying with, and feels downright modern as a foil to my vintage pieces.
Art and Picture Frames
Picture frames, too, can add a defining tone to a room, from buttoned-up and traditional, to playful and flirty. Likewise the photos or art you put in them. They are easy to change and can make a significant difference.
For my glammed up pink space I selected pretty metallic frames and the golds pair nicely with the pink room decor. I love to mix metals in all of my spaces, and here you will find a liberal blend of coppers and golds. Family photos bring personalization to your home, and the frames they sit in should be equally well-chosen.
I enjoy using tabletop pieces to enhance my spaces and you’ll find several of them here, even though they are far from the table.
The foundational piece is a warm copper tray, corralling an assortment of items that hint at entertaining in style. The white marble coasters have a lovely glam vibe, as do the gold honeycomb stemless goblets that are resting nearby.
Pop open a bottle of wine and the party is set to begin!
Candles and Holders
When it comes to setting a mood, nothing comes close to candlelight and the varied selection here includes tea lights, a wax warmer and a lacy candle sleeve holding a faux flickering candle. I can’t get enough of these deceptive little candles, as I think they’re exceptionally clever, being safer than real and so much easier to maintain.
Candle holders come in a wide array of styles and can add atmosphere to your room within the design style of your choice.
As long as your furniture pieces are neutral and classic, there’s quite a lot you can easily change to make things look remarkably different.
And adding bits of pink and gold for a glam decor effect is a whole lot smarter than spending thousands of dollars on a turquoise armoire that you can’t stand looking at after a mere few weeks!
Pink Living Room Resource List
To get the look, click on the items below for direct links to the products. Where actual items were no longer available, I’ve provided similar options. If an item is out of stock but may be restocked, I left it on the list.
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