Today I’m showing you how changing one source of decorative elements creates a whole new feel or theme to a space.
Remember the green sideboard between the living and dining area?
Here’s how it looked last time I showed it to you. And it’s how it looked yesterday until I started switching up the paintings.
I took the “littles” off the sideboard so that we could focus only on the bigger elements of the vignette.
Here’s a slightly different look…
The more detailed floral painting in the back elevates the look from farmhouse to more of an English cottage theme.
By the way all of these paintings were in my apartment. I either took them off the wall where they originally were or I dug them out of the closet.
These paintings have been hanging in my bathroom for about three years now. By using them here on the sideboard, this is now what I’d consider a cottage look and feel.
By taking out the other floral painting and bringing back the fern print, the look switched back more to the farmhouse look. Just by moving one element in the equation.
I took out the fern print and added the brown shutters. Still more of a farmhouse theme.
The brown shutters add a sort of rustic feel to the sideboard as well as bringing in a bit of texture.
But somehow it felt unbalanced.
So then I tried this look above. It seemed more balanced somehow. But then I switched things up one more time.
I kind of missed the red geranium painting that Nancy Medina painted for me years ago, so I added it back into the mix.
Sorry that the last two pics are a little grainy. It’s very dark outside and raining today, so the light isn’t great. I took the other photos yesterday.
It’s fun to leave out the green bottles and dough bowl of decorating and gardening magazines, and just switch out the paintings in the background.
Even though the cow canvas on the wall remains the same, switching up the other wall decor makes a big difference.
Remember you don’t have to hang paintings on the wall. You can simply lean them. This way you don’t have nail holes in the wall and you get a more layered look.
So which one is your favorite?
Try switching out a few elements in a space and see how it works for you.