It’s time for round two of your rapid fire decorating questions, and I’m giving you my opinion on what to do with wood trim, hallway doors, the dreaded TV wall, and more. Feel free to leave your questions in the comments for round three.
Q. I have a table that my husband built, an antique buffet, and a new mirror and light. The room is SO blah and while I’m plain Jane over here, I still need something. I’m simple and classic. Help! How do you give a plain room a little character while still keeping it simple and family friendly?
A. My first instinct? Paint it! Color works wonders and the dining room is a great place to step out of your comfort zone. I’ve always loved this dining room because while everything else is pretty classic, the wall color really steals the show. It makes the white chairs pop and warms up the wood tones. I think a dramatic wall color would be a great first step and then you can layer art and accessories over time. (Image via Lonny Mag.)
Q. How do you decorate a wall with a flat screen TV? What should I put on either side?
A. Okay, I know this technically isn’t a picture of a TV wall but hear me out. . . First, it’s hard to find many pictures of TV walls done well that don’t involve some kind of built-in. And there are plenty of gallery-wall-around-the-TV examples on Pinterest. But, I also like the idea of keeping it simple while adding some height and dimension (and light?). I like the idea of a “symmetrical stack” flanking each side of the TV by using a small accent chair (or stool), art work (one or two) and possibly topping it off with a sconce. (Image via Emily Henderson.)
Q. Do you have any ideas on how to decorate with oak trim and doors throughout the house, without having to paint it? I never see examples of this.
A. There are actually some good examples of wood trim out there but not an abundance, for sure. I think oak trim works best when paired with bright white or darker colors like navy, black and warm mossy greens. I also like examples, like this photo, where it’s paired with more modern lighting and accessories. I think I’ll plan a follow up post on this. . . . Stay tuned. (Image via Jessica Nelson Design on Instagram.)
Q. Painted interior doors. . . When does it work and when does it not? My upstairs is just a hallway of doors which leaves little space for any kind of decor. Painting them would add visual interest, but I’m afraid it would just highlight that there are sooooo many doors in a small space!
A. I wouldn’t think twice about painting all of them. It’s a way to add a design element to an otherwise boring hallway. In this photo example, I like how they tied it all together by painting the trim and baseboards, too. (Image via Domino.)
Q. What’s your best recommendation for a rug in a high traffic area?
A. If you want a natural fiber recommendation, I would still suggest this jute/chenille blend that I’ve had for nearly ten years now. But, if you want a patterned rug, I can’t say enough good things about how our antelope stair runner has held up. Pattern is key and I’d use it a larger space (if it didn’t look strange to put antelope in every room. . . ). I also think Turkish rugs are a good choice for their busy (forgiving) patterns and flat weaves. (Image via Ashley Whittaker Design.)
What questions would you like me to address in the next one?