Why This Room Works: 7 Ideas to Implement in Your Own Home Today

Why This Room Works: 7 Ideas to Implement in Your Own Home Today

Adrienne Breaux
Apr 27, 2014
(Image credit: Kim Lucian)

Have you ever taken a moment to dissect a gorgeous room? It's not magic that goes into creating a room that looks harmonious and balanced and that feels good when you're in it; it's just applying sound design principles in a way that's also pleasing to the eye. This living room from a recent house tour caught our eye as having lots of lessons to learn from it.

This room from Hope and Pete's Bohemian Modern Abode is working beautifully because of these design details:

1. Great Bones
This room's gorgeous appearance is being helped immensely by the architecture of the house. Unfortunately, if you aren't lucky enough to live in a home with good bones, you might think there's nothing you can do in that department. Not true!
How to make this work in your home: Does Your Home Lack Architectural Details? 8 Ways to Fake It.

(Image credit: Kim Lucian)

2. Lots and lots of plants!
Not only are there a gorgeous variety of bushy, lovely plants, but they're spread around the room equally, carrying your eye.
How to make this work in your home: Peruse this list of hard-to-kill house plants and add this warmth-giving design element to your home today.

(Image credit: Kim Lucian)

3. A comfortable mix of furniture of different styles
Though the bones of this house are very Mid-Century Modern, they didn't fill this room with only MCM furniture pieces. There's an Eames Lounge certainly, but a soft sofa mixes with industrial-inspiring side tables and a cute and colorful little ottoman. This mix makes the room feel authentic and un-matchy.
How to make this work in your home: If you're feeling like any of your rooms are feeling too matchy-matchy, go out and DIY or buy a piece that is in a different style to mix things up! If you're worried about it not matching enough, just make it have something in common with another one of your major design elements.

4. An extra-soft and big rug brings in the softness
You don't have to have a rug to make a room comfortable here, but as you can see in this room, having a big, fluffy rug brings in not just texture but this feeling that you just want to curl up in this living room.
How to make this work in your home: Grab your own textured Beni Ourain rug.

5. A full but not over-crowded furniture layout
There are plenty of elements in this room; it's not minimal by any means. But it's also not over-crowded. Instead of a chair in the other corner across from the couch, there are only small design elements. This allows for a good-feeling flow in that seating arrangement and also doesn't look too busy to the eye.
How to make this work in your home: Eliminate any unneeded furniture that might be cluttering your home's traffic flow.

6. An unexpected personal accessory
The guitar is a little unexpected, personal decorative accessory that makes not only for a fun element that adds to a sophisticated arrangement, but also for a conversation starter (or sing-along starter!). You don't have to grab a guitar if you don't play, but think about what kind of element reflects your personality that could become a great element to add to your living space.
How to make this work in your home: Add something unexpected into your home's arrangement today!

7. A killer vignette
This is a gorgeous vignette. At the very far end of your viewpoint, it grabs your attention and pulls you into the seating arrangement. It features a bunch of different but complementary elements. It plays around with height with a set of branches that seductively overlaps the hanging art. It keeps it uncluttered by corralling some elements in a tray.
How to make this work in your home: Implement some of the ideas in this post: 9 Tips For Your Best Tabletop Vignettes Yet.

Do you spot anything else in this room that works that someone could implement into their own home? Share in the comments below!

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