If you are searching for a way to design a room but you can’t seem to dream up anything exciting, you’ve possibly hit a creative block. The most likely culprit for your lack of inspiration is that you’ve run out of magazines and websites to search for ideas. Time to change it up! Instead, try decorating a room inspired by something other than a photo of a room. For our example we are going to reference the artwork below. We will use the image of the butterflies in the shape of a heart on a natural stone background to help guide the way we would design a room. Just follow our bullet point list to learn how this method works.
The color pallet: Sky Blue, Butter Yellow, Carnation Pink, Mahogany Brown, Kelly Green, Light Purple, Taupe
What vibe or central aesthetic is suggested by the artwork?
- It’s an excellent reference for a space in which you want to create a sense of nature (especially woodland themes,) color, vibrancy, and femininity.
What spaces might it be well suited to?
- This design idea is quite versatile because it would work well in many spaces. We especially like it for: bedroom, living room, den, or bathroom. It could also translate well into various climates and surrounding eco-systems, but we think it’s a great match for mountain homes, cabins, urban areas surrounded by the outdoors (such as Colorado) and even beach abodes.
What makes the colors work well together?
- They are all medium to dark saturation which means none of them are near the lighter part of the color spectrum. Because the tones have similar vibrancy they have equal presence. Meaning, no one color dominates despite the fact that they’re all rather bold.
- The neutral browns serve as an excellent grounding color so that the various colors don’t look out of control or disorganized. The browns are also very earthy colors, rather than designer synthetic hues, and this lends well to the theme of nature.
What finishes or textures would we suggest?
- Brown wood – mix and match colors and species; floors, ceiling beams, furniture
- Linen textiles – ex. curtains, table cloth
- Hard surfaces – natural or traditional; stone tiles, concrete, granite, ceramic pots
- Cashmere or cotton throws, brown leather furniture, textured throw pillows in various colors
What accessories would we suggest
- Decorative balls in natural textures and stone
- Butterfly and entomology artwork
- Netted items
- Plants and trees – indoor species or artificial