I’m at a decorating crossroad. Micah laughed when I told him. He thought it was a little melodramatic -- like when I told him I was a prisoner to my virus (the flu) last October. We thought I had H1N1 and I was home sick for 10 days! But seriously, back to the crossroad. I don’t know what to do about our walls.
When we were packing up our wall art, many moons ago, we both came to the conclusion we wouldn’t have any wall space. We went back and forth about which pieces we had to hang and which pieces we’d have to find new homes for. We told each other no more wall art purchases and for the first Christmas in a long time, neither of us received a poster as a Christmas present.
Now that most of the interior construction is done and the crew is down to completing finishes, we are finally getting a chance to put rooms together. First the rugs, then the furniture and now the walls. Oh the walls! In some rooms we have no wall space and in other rooms we have wall space for days. I feel like we have two options.
Option 1 : The minimalist – very little on the walls
I like the idea of option one but I also feel like it would be too white. We were able to paint a few walls but we still have about 90% of them white because of the open plan and rounded edges. I also feel like a lot of empty wall space makes the place look unlived in. Sometimes I come into our main living area and feel like I’m visiting someone else’s home. There are no reflections of us (apart from the furniture) on display. The only room that really feels lived in is the study and that’s because we’ve painted it and put the bookshelves up. There’s always to the alternative…
Option 2: The Show - filling in all the space
I like this idea – sort of. We plan to do a picture wall in the TV/family/game room but I’m not sure about elsewhere. I don’t want my bedroom to be overwhelmed with images. I want to feel at peace when I open and close my eye for the day. I think we need to come up with a middle ground, I just don’t know how to do that. I tried hanging our wedding poster up in our room (where we have a lot of wall space) and it kind of looked sad surrounded by so much white space. I’ve been thinking about investing in large floor plants to break up some of the space.
Another decorating dilemma is deciding whether to decorate a room all at once or to collect pieces over time. I see the advantages of both sides. If you decorate all at once, then you finish a room completely. You are focused on one design palate. If you collect over time, then you can really put together pieces you love. You have the time to be picky. The big problem would be a lot of unfinished rooms or rooms with a lot of placeholder pieces that don’t necessarily go together. It could be years before you found the perfect side table. **sigh**
Welcome to my decorating crossroad. Any idea of which path to choose?