A number of years ago, one of my best friends (with fabulous style) made me realize the importance of accessories. You can wear a basic tee and jeans, but added jewellery and accessories will make it an outfit.
Now, this is obvious. Why bring it up? Because for the longest time, I’ve felt stuck with my bedroom. I tried tackling it Apartment Therapy’s Style Cure in August, and honestly, failed. I got halfway there, and had no idea where to take it.
Thankfully, I’ve lived with the “in between” stage long enough to realize my problem. Adding interest with accessories! Sometimes the simplest things can mean the biggest realizations. In August, I found my neutral base. Now, it’s about adding subtle (and not so subtle) extras to create depth and interest.
Here’s where I’m at.
First up, my subtle addition: nail head trim. I’d thought about it for a while… Why did it take me so long to finally do?! It’s simple! Here’s what I used:
A roll of nail head trim (as opposed to individual nails)
A plain old hammer
Pliers (to trim off the excess)
Since I was doing a basic straight line, I opted for a roll of upholstery nails. Much easier than individual nails, quicker and cheaper. Sold.
This band had a section to attach the trim every 2.5 inches. See the hole? You take an actual nail through that section and nail the trim in place. Self-explanatory, really. (Just watch out for the edges. I cut myself twice!)
Here you can see what the trim looks like before it’s secured to the piece of furniture. From afar, you’d never know it was one piece!
As much as having a band made keeping a straight line simpler, it was still a concern. Here’s what I did:
In doing so, I could step away to make sure it was where I wanted it, without having to reposition a number of nails. Then, I just nailed the middle ones in place!
As for the finished product, you can see the individual nails as they are slightly larger than the trim, but it’s hardly noticeable. Plus, I kind of like the look of the pattern they make.
Nail head trim total costs:
$20 for 4 yards (my headboard is 5′ by 3′)
Pretty cheap for a luxe little addition!
For my second accessory, I chose a couple pictures I took in Paris and had them printed in black and white.
I’m always surprised by how much of a difference photos and art can make! The room instantly felt cosier and more personal. These frames are just basics from Ikea’s Ribba collection hung with command strips, and the prints are 12 by 12 inches.
I still have plenty more to add, but I feel encouraged that the room is finally starting to take shape.
Here’s where we started with:
And here it is now:
And looking back even before that…
I guess that’s why so many people (bloggers especially) stress the importance of designing and cultivating a room over time. How do you like to tackle a space? Start to finish? Or do you prefer to take your time? Have you had any simple but game changing “ah ha!” moments recently?