Every woman knows the value of having a “little black dress”. You know that one dress that looks great on you. The one that is a classic and can work for almost any occasion. It can be dressed up or down. You can wear it to brunch and the office and out to dinner. It’s the one piece in your wardrobe you cannot live without. Well, we can think of our home the same way we think about fashion. We all should have a “little black dress” in each room of our home. Let me explain…
Welcome to PRACTICALLY SPEAKING! Today we are talking about having something in each room in our house that does for decor what a little black dress does for our wardrobe! It’s that wall color or piece of furniture that becomes a fabulous foundation to build a room around! It works with a multitude of styles and can be layered for a different look!
My living room’s little black dress is the sofa and the wall color. So as we talk about a rooms foundational piece I’m sharing images of my living room in different years and seasons.
Let’s find our decor “little black dress”.
About 6 years ago I decided to turn from my very Tuscan inspired home decor to a more neutral, classic look. One that as styles change I can add trendy accessories and keep my home still looking fresh and updated.
You may love French decor so your decor little black dress might be beautifully curved furniture that will work with other French decor you collect.
Or you may love Tuscan style or lots of pattern or mid-century modern. The style you love is not as important as finding that one thread that pulls all the furniture together and can be a springboard for adding new and exciting things to your home.
My neutral walls and furnishings can be dressed up and down. Color can be layered into a room for a different look. Texture is my home’s best friend! Every season can be celebrated and can easily be added to a neutral space. Just like my favorite little black dress in my closet, neutral colors in my home become a backdrop for inspiration and is the foundation on which I build my entire home!
Here are a few ways you can find your home’s little black decor dress…
LOOK AT YOUR WALLS AND YOUR FLOORS
Often the color we paint our walls or the rugs we have on our floors give us big clues about our decor anchors. What color did you paint the walls in a room? Why did you choose a rug for a specific room?
Many time we will find a color on our walls or in our carpets that work as our room’s little black dress. Can you change up your room to work around the wall and rug colors?
My walls are my living room’s little black dress for sure! The rug is not… it’s an accent!
LOOK AT BIG FURNITURE PIECES
Another way to find our room’s little black dress is to look at the furniture we choose. Often our largest furnishings like a sofa or the bedding on our bed will tell us what we build the rest of the room around! Things like pillows and throws and accent chairs and ottomans and curtains should be supporting pieces. They are like adding a gorgeous broach or a pashmina to dress a black dress up. Or like adding a jean jacket and booties to dress a black dress down.
Accent pieces can be changed up to keep a room fresh and exciting but should not be what anchors your room!
LOOK AT ART
Although I don’t use art as a little black dress in my home lots of people do! Art becomes the inspiration for a room and is what holds the decor together. Pulling the color, form or feel of the artwork from the art into the room can make art a foundational feature.
Now let’s talk about not having an anchor or foundational piece that become your decor little black dress.
What if you cannot find one “thing” that is foundational to a room and can be used to build new looks around? That may be why a room does not feel quite right to you. Or this room might be hard to decorate or find the perfect accents to go in it. It also might be stuck in a look that is decades old.
My gable room, a guest room here at StoneGable, has never felt quite “done” or “complete”. It had beautiful furniture and I upscaled and painted a dresser to give it a new look. The bedding was fresh and I made some pretty curtains to go in the room. But it looked “off” to me!
It took me awhile to understand why it just wasn’t working for me.
Finally, after spending a night in the room I determined that it was the wall color that was not working! The rest of the furnishings and accents in the room could be changed up but the dusty peachy wall color just was not me. It was too dated.
We are now planning to repaint that room. I’m love living with the neutral paint color Sonnet by Benjamin Moore and I’m giving the gable room a fresh coat of Sonnet paint! It will become my room’s little black decor dress. Sonnet is so much more fresh and versatile, for me, than peach.
How important is finding your rooms “little black dress”? So important! It will create a room that can be changed and updated and looks fresh and interesting by just changing the accents in it.
Fashion and home decor have a lot of crossover! It’s important to understand the concept of a little black dress when it comes to decorating our homes.
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