I hate all of my decorating choices and want to start over. There, I said it.
Do you ever look around your home and just ponder… what on earth was I thinking when I bought that? Maybe it’s just me and the fact that I’m a self confessed decorating addict who gets bored very easily, but I’m officially tired of the majority of the furniture and decor in my home.
Perhaps it’s the interior stylist in me; wanting to edit and edit and re-edit until everything is brand new again.
Most of the larger furniture pieces in my home – if not all of them – were purchased well before I started my journey as a blogger and interior stylist. So I put a lot of the bad decor decisions I made down to being undereducated on what would and wouldn’t work in my space. Surely I’m not the only one who has, in the past, just purchased stuff because it looks pretty without actually thinking about where it will go?
The fact that I’m on a tight budget – trying to save a deposit for my first home – also renders any new, large-scale purchases null and void at the moment. So I can’t even hit the stores and correct my decor mistakes. Cue the tears and me rocking in the corner in the foetal position.
OK, so maybe I’m being a bit dramatic. Truth be told, I don’t hate everything – and all the pieces I own are lovely, they just don’t necessarily all worth together.
I do love my coffee table, which many of you have seen on the blog before and also given a serious thumbs up to. That can stay (though I would like to try a round coffee table at some point because all those hard lines can get tiresome).
And I don’t mind my dining table (though if I could exchange it for a free one I would do it in a heartbeat). Lastly, I can’t fault the Eden Bed I got from Incy Interiors last year. It is gorgeous, though perhaps a little feminine in the space if I’m being real with myself. The rugs are also pretty sweet depending on what day of the week it is.
Everything else can go.
Decorating my new studio recently – and starting with a blank canvas – was a whole new experience that made me realise how amazing it is to have a fresh space you can really think about and build a cohesive look for. So if you’re in a similar position or have a room you want to make over, here’s some food for thought…
What we can learn from my decorating mistakes
If I can give you one piece of advice when it comes to decorating any room in your home, it’s that you really need to mood board. I know, I know; people throw that term around all the time, and it means different things to different people. What I mean when I say to mood board is to start to collect images of what you love and are drawn to, and edit them down to start to build a theme or a look for your home.
Mood boarding can take place on a physical board like a cork or magnetic board you put above your desk – using images from mags or catalogues. It could be in a scrapbook that you keep in a draw. Or perhaps it’s a virtual one you’ve created in Pinterest (though I’d argue you might not get a true idea of how individual pieces work together doing it online).
I think it’s great to create a mood board in a word doc or in PowerPoint if you want to do it on a computer. Though for me, nothing beats seeing it all laid out in front of you – complete with fabric samples and tiles and carpet pieces you can touch and feel.
I failed to mood board the rooms in my home and now I examine them and realise that there’s so many elements that don’t work!
Where to start if you want to replace pieces
Definitely take your time. If you’ve mood boarded a space or taken stock of what you want for your new room, you can start to examine what does and doesn’t work in it currently. Maybe it’s the bright yellow armchair (like in my place) that’s bringing down the subdued mood you’re going for. Or perhaps – as much as you loved it at the time – the entire couch needs to go.
I know replacing things, especially larger or more expensive pieces, shouldn’t be entered into lightly. But if you’ve mood boarded the room and a new purchase feels right in the space, I say your happiness is paramount and you need to go buy it.
Do think about the longevity of the pieces of furniture though; ensure it will work with a variety of decor accessories and can transcend trends and styles moving forward (I’ve written about the furniture pieces you need to avoid buying on the blog before).
What to do if you can’t afford a makeover
Welcome to my world. I feel your pain and the struggle is real! What I would recommend you do, if there is a major piece you just can’t replace, is try firstly to get re-inspired. Look at images on Pinterest or do a Google search to find ways other people have given that piece a new lease on life. You might be able to do the same. You might discover someone who’s made that brightly coloured couch work with cushions, throws and some new art that you’d never considered.
If that fails, try and camouflage the piece or dress it up. An ugly bed can be lifted with new bedding, as can an ugly table with new dining chairs and an on-trend centrepiece. That’s what I’ve done numerous times in my own home and these affordable tricks have worked for the most part (though as I initially said, some pieces still have to go).
What’s your advice on this topic?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic in the comments below. Did you have a piece and find a way to fall in love with it again? Or are you a big believer in finding away to replace a table or sofa when you tire of it? I’d love to get your opinion in the comments below!