I love putting a room together and determining how to bring out the best in a space, so when Douglas Elliman Real Estate invited me to share some of my favorite tips for putting a room together using a room from one of their Florida Properties as inspiration, I was excited to give it a try.
I had so much fun browsing page after page of beautiful listings and imagining my own little warm weather getaway. So many properties were picture-perfect and move-in ready – I could see the potential in them immediately, but it was the living room of a charming little home in Miami that really caught my eye.
I love old houses.
Let me repeat, I LOVE old houses. 🙂
Although they may often be smaller, with awkward layouts and plenty of quirks, I am inspired every time I see one. The dirt, the dings, the outdated fixtures, and tired finishes…they don’t scare me – they inspire me.
So what do you see when you look at that living room?
I see original wood floors, pretty moulding, plaster walls, a charming fireplace, and a gorgeous front door. I see potential.
So what would I do with this room?
To start, I would uncover the windows of that amazing front door and throw a bunch of white paint at the walls to make this room beautifully bright and airy. I love the thought of making this living room feel light and fresh, yet cozy and comfortable at the same time. Since it’s the first thing people see when they walk thru the door, you want to draw them in with a great first impression. I’m thinking lots of white, natural texture, weathered accents, and pops of tropical green for fun. This is Miami afterall – my typical white on neutral palette may not cut it. 😉
I think one of the easiest ways to start putting a room together is to determine what you like most about the space.
What do you want to be a focal point?
I see a beautiful linen sofa facing that fireplace, flanked by a pair of slipcovered chairs in a neutral stripe to lend a casual, beachy vibe. A nubby jute rug grounds the space and adds texture without distracting from those pretty original wood floors.
The weathered wood and wicker add texture, and keep the room feeling comfortable and livable – sometimes a lot of white can feel unapproachable, but if you balance it out with a few casual elements, it becomes inviting.
For the rest of the elements, think weathered accents (a wood tray, a metal bucket, a pair of chippy white bird cages) and natural textures (a piece of coral, a grape wood vine, glass candle hurricanes filled with sand)
And all of a sudden, this tired little room feels bright, fresh, comfortable and inviting.
The right staging can really make or break a room. Not only does it help define a room’s purpose, it should also highlight its best features and allow us to imagine how our lives would fit within those walls.I think the key is to determine a focal point – like a fireplace, and then pick your elements – in this case it was a lot of white, weathered wood, natural texture, and pops of green – and use them throughout the entire space for a cohesive and intentional look.
I mean…I could totally picture myself living in a room like this, couldn’t you? 🙂