I often mention “drawing the eye with color” when I’m referring to decorating. In years past I’ve just put a jumble of colors out there and thought it looked fine. I’ve mixed every color of the rainbow into my quilts, and I love every one of them.
As I’ve gotten older and actually tried to make sense of my decorating style, I realized that I needed less color instead of more. If you have too much color, it tends to look cluttered and the eye has nowhere to land in order to rest.
Live & Learn:
If you have more neutral pieces of furniture in your home and just scatter your chosen color palette, it is far more pleasing I think. Which is why I chose an oatmeal colored couch. I think the color is actually called Sugar Shack on the upholstery I picked.
But it looks good with everything because it is like an empty canvas just waiting for color to be added. And because of the light color, the room doesn’t seem saturated with darkness like it was before.
When I chose the brown furniture, I did not realize that it would somehow make the room feel smaller and darker when in that space.
Neutrals are good bases:
The Hobby Lobby pieces of furniture I chose are wood and galvanized steel. They are good bases upon which to add your chosen colors more deliberately rather than randomly.
Let’s start with when you walk into my apartment. If you look behind the recliner, you will see my green vintage cart loaded with quilts I’ve made. I painted the cart a few years ago in my chosen green shade that I so love.
The window has the cream and green curtains. The photos I’ve taken and framed above the vintage cart are of the countryside, and add more dabs of green into my decor.
Then there are neutrals signs on the wall and my old washboards that I’ve carted around for many years.
I brought the green and white pillow out of my closet and put it behind the burlap pillow on my couch. You see I am drawing the eye inward ultimately toward my outdoor room (patio). The other pillows are neutrals and a red and white one to spice things up and bring a bit of red into the landscape.
Then you see the green sideboard. And the two paintings leaning against the wall, one botanical and one of the red geraniums. With more green sprinkled in.
Along the same wall is my wood dining table and red chairs. Oh, and Ivy underneath. I just noticed that!
Red is my secondary color. But it is such a bold color I don’t want too much of it.
Through the French doors:
Before we head along the opposite wall, let your eye draw you outside to the patio. Here is the view through my French doors.
Once we open the French doors and walk outside, we are met with more green and spots of my secondary red. Along with the added purples I’ve added to bring a feeling of serenity to the space.
The colors of nature:
Nature brings us lots of beautiful shades of green. I’ve added a bit of red here and there to liven things up, but hopefully not detract from the nature outside my door.
These various shades of green draw the eye down the fence, where plants are growing bigger by the day.
And so it goes throughout my patio.
On the opposite side of the fence is my red potting bench that I brought with me from Texas nearly 8 years ago.
The way I decorated my indoor rooms and the outdoor space were to focus on my chosen color of green. Because it is the color that makes me happiest while also bringing me the greatest sense of tranquility.
Everyone needs a tranquil space in their life!
Choose a palette with limited colors:
My chosen color palette outside are green, purple, and a bit of yellow and white. Several of my pots are red, as well as the potting bench. And then there is the small red and white rug.
Sprinkle your secondary color in here and there. Along with any other colors in your chosen color palette.
Once you come back indoors, green is used more sparingly. I’ve already drawn your eye outdoors, which is where I wanted it to go to see my beloved patio space.
Outdoor rooms are an extension of your indoor living space. You gain so much square footage by using the space that is right outside your door.
Green is picked up again in my coffee mugs and in the painting above of a barn in the countryside situated among a field of wildflowers.
New piece of wall decor:
Then back to the living room space, where I have added a new piece of wall decor. The other day at Hobby Lobby I picked up the painting of the old filling station.
They gave it to me half price because someone forgot to take last week’s sale price tag down. It was all I bought and I got it for around $10.
I think it fits perfectly with this wall theme that is more rustic in nature along with the painting above my craft cupboard.
No right or wrong way to decorate:
I’ve probably worn your eyes out with photos by now!
There is no right or wrong way to decorate. As I’ve lived through the years, I’ve filtered through many styles. But I always come back to an element of country, my walls filled with tales from another time when life was so much simpler.
The old signs and photographs I’ve taken and enlarged and framed are precious to me. As are the trinkets of old door knobs and bottles and jars.
For me this look will never go out of style. It is a reminder of my youth and what I saw through a child’s eyes.
It is I suppose much like going home.