I’ve talked about doing a “room reset” often on my blog, in my book, and in our Design Ramblings on YouTube. If a room is feeling busy, boring or it’s just not “right”, a room reset is my go-to way to either get back on track or give the space a fresh look.
I first introduced the “room reset” five years ago when my living room was starting to feel over-crowded, dark and heavy.
I stripped all of the accessories and wall art…
…and eventually ended up with the lighter and brighter space I envisioned.
And just to show how it evolved from there, this is what the room looks like today…
So, remember Leigha’s bedroom? The one that felt heavy and dark? Here’s a reminder…
Here’s the look I put together for her space…
And I suggested she start with a room reset of her own along with a fresh coat of creamy white on the walls and a pale sky blue on the ceiling.
And, guess what?! She did it!
Can you believe it’s the same room?
The blue in the ceiling is gorgeous. Leigha said her husband loves it and it reminds him of a southern “haint blue” ceiling. I think it looks almost like a skylight.
Right now, it’s sparse and unfinished, but that’s the point. Now Leigha can better see the bones of the room and what it needs. It’s a room that’s been stripped down, now a clean slate for her to build her dream room on.
We’ll talk more about Leigha’s space in another post, but I was so thrilled that she was plowing forward and even more thrilled that she was sharing pictures (and even a video) of her progress, that I was inspired to start a series, challenging other readers to do their own room reset.
Are you game?
If so, pick a room in your house…one that is bugging you or doesn’t feel right. Maybe a room that’s a dumping ground or has never reached it’s full potential. You probably know what room that is right away.
Step one of a room reset is to clear it or, as I said in the title, everything out!
(Now, do yourself a favor and don’t get excited and do this right before you’re hosting Bunko night or having out-of-town guests!)
Remove all of the accessories, wall art, textiles (pillows, throws, bedding) and small pieces of furniture.
Rugs and curtains are optional. If you love them, keep them in the room. If you’re iffy or you don’t like them, remove them.
This part of the process is messy. It definitely gets worse before it gets better, but this is a very important step. That clean slate will help you look at your room with a fresh set of eyes.
Once the room is empty of all but large pieces of furniture, do two things…
1.) Sort through the things you removed from the room. Get rid of what you don’t love and set the rest aside.
2.) Look at each piece of furniture, on its own and how it relates to other pieces in the room. Can you rearrange? Are there pieces that should be removed? Is each piece functional for the space? Do you love each piece or is something just a place-holder? Do you have pieces in other rooms that might work better in this space?
Once you have the large furniture in place, you’re ready for step two…
If you’re “playing along”, share a bit about your room in the comments, the challenges, the look you’re moving toward, etc.
You can find step two, “time to play”, HERE.