A Room's Little Black Dress

Is it September already? I ask because the last time I chatted with you it was mid-August, which seems like just yesterday. Since then, I spent a wonderful long weekend at the beach with my best girl friends, sent my oldest daughter off to kindergarten and completed a major landscaping project in our front yard. I hope you didn’t miss me too much!

I spent Labor Day weekend here in Maryland covered in dirt while arranging flowers, shrubs and mulch. That’s what happens when you decide to take on planting 106 living things in your front yard. When our “big dig” was complete, the interior designer in me thought about how it all relates back to design and rooms in our homes.

Bear with me here, there’s a point!

We covered our garden beds with beautiful black mulch – yes, I just said “beautiful” and “mulch” in the same sentence. As we were planting, various neighbors and family came by to check out the transformation, most commenting on the mulch and not the plants. Though not uncommon, this mulch is very sharp looking and as you know, adding mulch to a garden instantly perks it up. It looks new again!

 {From: Fabulous Flower Beds.}

{From: Fabulous Flower Beds.}

The mulch is the garden’s little black dress. That’s right, surround it with pink flowers, blue bushes or white shrubs and the mulch shines and coordinates with the colors. The plants are the mulch’s accessories!

Moving inside to your rooms (finally!), I encourage you to think about your large furnishings (sofa, bed, dining table, etc.) as a room’s little black dress. Keep these pieces neutral and they will always “work” with the space's accessories no matter how often you change the colors.

 {From:  Room & Board .}

{From: Room & Board.}

Picture a brushed twill tan-colored sofa surrounded by various patterned pillows in reds, a throw in a rich plum shade and artwork hung above it with shades of red, plum and orange. That same sofa then looks equally lovely with white and green accessories surrounding it. Toss in some blue and your little black dress just got a brand new look.

What color is your room’s little black dress? And, how are you accessorizing it? Click below and leave a comment… I’d love to hear from you.

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