One Little Trick that Might Just Help You Pull a Room Together

One Little Trick that Might Just Help You Pull a Room Together

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Taryn Williford
Dec 14, 2015

When one has been stuck for years decorating a room that just won't come together, one becomes willing to resort to drastic, and sometimes quite silly, measures. This is one of those things...

The Trick: Give your room a name.

Giving your room a descriptive and fun name—one that captures how you want the space to look and, more importantly, feel when you're in it—might just be the thing that keeps all the pieces and parts on track.

Why it Might Work

In magazine editor Kate White's book, I Shouldn't Be Telling You This, she quotes Hearst's executive director of events marketing, Lili Root, about why she gives every project a name whether or not it needs it:

“A name just helps you focus,” she says. “As you brainstorm ideas, you can hold them up against the name and see if they fit or not.”

I was struck by the suggestion that this little maxim of advice could apply just as well to decorating a room as it does to planning events.

Hear me out: I'm tickled to read some of the names our contributors give to the Apartment Therapy house tours. Reading an expressive headline like "Alex and Max's Earthy and Eclectic Venice Bungalow" immediately tells you what to expect before you even click through the photos. It's the guiding principle that gives a space unity and cohesion.

Similarly, trying on a name for a disjointed room in your home will help you make sense of what does and doesn't belong there. If you deem your bedroom "A Mid-Atlantic Maharajah Lobster Hut," it suddenly becomes clear that the minimalist modern night stand you threw in there isn't quite the right fit. You can audit the whole room against your chosen name, and then use it to drive your shopping choices as you work to get the space—whatever it's called—exactly where you want it.

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