How to Decorate a Room You’ll Love

Farmhouse kitchen reveal and 5 tips on decorating – How to have faith in your abilities to create a room you’ll love.

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      I know the feelings of not knowing where to start or being so afraid I’ll make a mistake that its hard to take the first step. Changing the way a room looks is exciting but also a little frightening.  We want to be sure  it turns out the way we dreamed, don’t waste our money, and enjoy the new look for years to come. 
      It helps of course, when the room you are working with looks so bad you don’t have to worry about making it look worse.  That takes away some of the fear. Here is the original farmhouse kitchen. 

Tip #1 – Find your inspiration! 
                This can be a picture of a room you like or the colors in a flower or some other object.  You may not like everything in the picture or object, but think about what you do like and why it appeals to you. What colors and styles are you drawn to?

I have always loved white kitchens and thought I would have a white farmhouse kitchen, until I saw this picture: 

        I loved the black background walls,  the rustic wood hood-top, the open shelves, and the large pendant lights.  The rest of the kitchen was too modern for me, so I took from it what I liked. Here’s our farmhouse kitchen:

Tip #2 –  Think about the atmosphere you want to create.  For me, going with black walls was quite a risk.  What if I hated it?  What if it felt like a cave?   Then I thought about my favorite environment to eat or drink in and a coffee shop came to mind.  Old wood,  metal walls,  small hanging lights, eclectic artwork. I finally saw a restaurant at the Charlotte, NC airport  with a big blackboard wall which convinced me this was the look I wanted. 
Tip#3 – Start small, go slow. 
               If you’re not sure where to begin in decorating a room, start with a small project (maybe a half bath).  Paint is easily changed if you don’t like it.   Use the small sample color paint jars and paint up  large cardboard pieces and hang them on the wall with painter’s tape before you paint the whole room.   The color will change depending upon which wall it is hung and the time of day.  Make sure you love it!  Make a small change or begin collecting your ideas until you have the confidence to take the next step. Gain confidence with a small room before you start a major renovation.
Tip #4 – Don’t be afraid of mistakes, because you will make some along the way.  There are already things we wish we had done differently in our farmhouse.  The important thing is  you will learn from each mistake and  have more confidence for the next room you tackle.
          Failure is a friend dressed up like an enemy. – Jeff Goins.  
Don’t be afraid to fail or make mistakes, just don’t let them be wasted – learn from them.   
Tip#5 –  Go with your gut.   It’s always helpful to get advice from friends, decorators, or your contractor, but in the end, listen to your gut and you won’t regret it.  You are the one who will be living with the decision.  If you know what you want, don’t let anyone talk you out of it.  I’m glad we stuck with our kitchen plans.  I like our black walls and knowing we can always paint over it takes the fear away.

Just a little more lighting and an intercom system installed and this room will be done! Can’t wait to decorate these wooden shelves with pretty white dishes.

        What room would you like to decorate in your home and where are you stuck?  Find your inspiration and don’t be afraid to start.  

  1. I love it!! The black walls recede and almost make all the other upper elements look like they are floating. It's warm and inviting and cozy… and very original. You need your own HGTV show !!

  2. I think I learned more from this the most decor magazines. Your kitchen looks amazing.

  3. Thanks, Judy. I'm so glad you like it and you are always welcome to come for a get away with or without John and have coffee with me.

  4. Thanks so much for your kind comment. Happy decorating!

  5. I would love to take you up on that invitation. ❤️

  6. Wow, this is beautiful! I don’t even recognize the house anymore. My grandparents owned this farm and I spent a good amount of time here growing up. I always loved it for what it was, but always knew it had a whole lot of potential!

    1. Thanks for making this comment. It means so much. It does look totally different from when we bought it and I’m sure there were many, many years of great memories in this old house. We are glad that it lives on. We love it here!

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