In yesterday's post, I mentioned that we recently got some wall sconces for our bedroom. Today, I want to show you how they look! I was glad that a couple of you said #3 was your favorite option, because it’s the one that we chose. My favorite too--you guys have good taste! ;) I had worried a little bit about how the cord would look, since we couldn't actually hardwire the lamps into the wall (#renterproblems), but the sconces came with a stylish cord cover that matches the brass finish of the lamps… and I actually think it looks pretty cool!
The main reason we decided to get sconces instead of bedside lamps is that we wanted to free up some space on our nightstands. But once we got them installed, we realized there was another major benefit: our bed has these “wings” that blocked a lot of the light from our old bedside lamps. That problem was totally solved by mounting the sconces above the bed! Lots more light, lots more space, and I love they way they look.
Also, for some reason I never realized before that Lamps Plus carries more than just lighting (I guess that's why there's that "plus")! They actually have a lot of great furniture and home decor pieces, including these ghost chairs, a style I've been eyeing for years. So I had to get those as well--I have one at my dressing table now!
That's our bedroom in it's current state! We've come a long way from the before pics that I shared back in August. I have a few more finishing touches planned, but other than that, I feel like our bedroom is basically done.
Now, what room of the house should I tackle next? Just kidding...kind of...
Thank you to Lamps Plus for partnering with me on this post!
Until pretty recently, I always thought of wall sconces as something for the bathroom only...but I was so wrong! There are tons of different sconce styles. The great thing about them is that sconces can be mounted anywhere, so you can add light at levels that table lamps can't reach (and in spaces where you don’t have room for anything on the floor). Plus, with swing arm sconces, there's the added benefit of them being adjustable, so you can change your lighting based on your needs--bring it closer for reading or turn it away for softer light. I’m pretty convinced that sconces are the perfect lighting solution for every room of the house!
1. In the bathroom: This is what I would consider the "obvious" way to use wall sconces--on either side of the mirror in the bathroom. That said, both of these rooms are far from ordinary. Bathrooms can often end up kind of neglected and bare, but both of these feel considered and well-decorated. The sconces definitely give them that finishing touch!
2. In the bedroom: This is the second most common way that I've seen wall sconces used--on either side of the bed. It reminds me of staying in a hotel room (in a good way). You can find lots of examples of stylish bedrooms with wall sconces, in all different styles.
3. In the living room: I've just recently started noticing sconces in the living room, and I'm a huge fan! It's a great solution for small spaces, where you may not have room for side tables with lamps--or to add light somewhere a lamp won't fit, like behind an L-shaped sectional. I also thought the last photo was clever...if space is tight, try mounting a sconce on the side of your bookshelf instead of the wall!
4. In the kitchen: Last but not least, let's talk sconces in the kitchen. I haven’t seen this very much yet, but I like it a lot. Besides wall sconces flanking the sink (which is a more typical route), I've been loving swing arm sconces as lighting above open shelves. It works great, since there's more space on the wall if you don't have upper cabinets--and the adjustable arms mean you can shed light on whatever task you're working on. Seems brilliant to me...I know our kitchen could definitely use more light!
Okay, I know I said every room, but I'm going to skip the dining room, the nursery, and the office, because this post is already getting super long! But trust me, sconces look good in there, too.
Want to give them a try? Good, because I did a little online shopping for you! Here are some of my favorite options, from Lamps Plus. We actually have one of these styles in our bedroom currently (can you guess which one?).
What room(s) would you put wall sconces in? And what's your favorite option, out of the sconces I picked out? I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments!
Thank you to Lamps Plus for partnering with me on this post!
I absolutely love books, especially decorating & design books. Someone asked me the other day whether I actually read my books, since I can always hop on Pinterest for inspiration nowadays. I'll admit, I do love Pinterest, and I definitely use it more often--especially when I'm searching for a specific idea. But when I just want some inspiration in general, a book cannot be beat! There's something so relaxing and satisfying about sitting down and flipping through some actual printed pages filled with prettiness. Books feel substantial, permanent, and real...something worth collecting and coming back to time and again. Plus, a collection of books is beautiful and serves as decor in it's own right. Just look at these rooms if you need proof of that! One trend that I've especially been loving is color coded bookshelves. This looks best with a large collection of books, but even if yours is pretty small, you can still play around with arranging your books by color. Just follow these 10 simple tips!
1. Color blocked shelves: Grouping your books together by color will instantly make them feel more organized and intentional. But if you arrange a big collection in ROYGBIV order, it can look a little cheesy. Instead, block your shelves out by color, but mix up the order of the colors...yellow next to blue, orange next to green, etc. And don't feel like all your books of one color have to live together. If the majority of your books are blue, you can have multiple "chunks" of blue books, so your shelves still feel balanced.
2. Mix up the orientation of your stacks. This is one of my favorite tips for styling bookshelves, regardless of whether they're arranged by color or not. Mixing horizontal stacks with vertical ones will keep the eye moving around and add visual interest. Plus, if you don't have that many books, the horizontal stacks can help to fill up space, so your shelves doesn't look empty. Adding decorative items like frames, candles, and plants will fill your shelves up even further, and add more variety.
3. Separate warm and cool colors. Rather than separating your books by their specific colors, put all your warm colored books on one shelf and all your cool colored books on another. This is great if, for example, you only have a couple yellow books. Rather than having the yellow section feel sad and small, just mix it in with all your red and orange books. It will still feel like a cohesive collection, visually.
4. Stack books horizontally and mix them with other objects. Honestly, this look isn't my favorite--I prefer a mix of horizontal and vertical books. But if you don't have a large collection or if you're using an open-sided etagere instead of a bookshelf, this might be a good method to try. Be sure to stagger your stacks so each shelf feels different. For example, here they have one stack of books in the middle of the top shelf and two stacks on either side of the shelf underneath. That way, it keeps the eye moving around. For this look, you definitely need to have other objects mixed in or the stacks of books will look weird by themselves. I like how they grouped the decorative objects by color, as well as the books!
5. Arrange your books in rainbow order. This is probably the most obvious way to arrange your books by color. But there are still some tricks to it! I think rainbow books look best with a medium sized collection that fills just one shelf from end to end, with at least three books in every color. If your collection is unbalanced (ie: you have 20 red books and only 3 green ones), I wouldn't put all of the red books on the shelf. You don't have to have the exact same number of books in every color--in fact, that would look kind of forced--but it should feel somewhat balanced.
6. Let the books be the centerpiece of the room. If you have a large collection of books and you decide to arrange them by color, it's going to make a statement...no doubt about it. Having a lot of competing elements like colorful walls and statement art can make it look like there's just way too much going on. I think color coded bookshelves look best when the rest of the room is fairly simple and neutral, letting the books take center stage. I've seen examples with dark walls and lots of color everywhere, but if you ask me, the best way to pull this trend off is with white walls and white bookshelves.
7. Restrict yourself to just a couple colorful shelves. Then again, even if the rest of the room is neutral, a huge color-coded home library can still be overwhelming. One way to play around with this trend without turning your room into a rainbow explosion, is to restrict yourself to one color coded shelf (or two). Pick your favorite books with the prettiest spines, then cover the rest with white paper and mix them in with your neutral books (write the titles on the spines after you cover them, so it's still easy to find the book you're looking for). There...that's a little easier on the eyes.
8. Mix some white books in with each color group (and keep the black at the bottom). Arranging books by color is a great way to make them feel organized and intentional...but solid blocks of color can also feel a bit "staged." One way to keep the overall effect, while toning it down and making it appear more natural, is to mix in some books with white spines along with each color group. That way, it doesn't look too perfect. I also like how in this example, they put all the black books on the bottom shelf, so the top shelves feel light, bright, and fresh, while the bottom shelf feels grounded.
9. Arrange the colors in whatever order you like. If starting with red and going on down the rainbow is too cheesy for you, try arranging your books in a way that is visually appealing...but not ROYGBIV. Play around with it until it feels right to you. I love how this shelf looks, and the colors do a great job of transitioning into each other, even though it's not the typical rainbow order.
10. Try it in a kid's room. If you're still not convinced to try color coded bookshelves in your living space, consider doing them in a kid's room. After all, kids don't categorize their books by author or genre. In fact, color is probably the most logical way to organize them. And who knows, it might even help your kid to learn the colors faster!
What do you think of this idea? Would you color-code your books?
Ok, so I don't technically know if any of these questions were actually yours. But remember how last week, I said that I was going to be doing a Q&A on Decorist? Well I did, and it was a blast! I'm sharing a few of the questions (and my answers) below. Head over to Decorist for more of them! Also, this got me thinking...I'm always brainstorming ideas for blog posts, but I haven't asked you guys in awhile. What would you like to see me talk about? Any questions, trends, color palettes, or decorating dilemmas that you want me to tackle? Leave a comment with your suggestion(s)--or shoot me an email!
Liz's question: I want to add a little bit of my personality to my office cubicle, but I don't know what to add besides office supply organizers. I don't want to spend a ton of money. Oh, and my office is modern - white & orange.
My answer: I think it’s so important to have an office space that feels energizing and inspiring. So my biggest piece of advice is, don’t feel restricted to the things that you typically think of as “office decor.” Because let’s be honest, they are usually bo-ring! Feel free to mix in the types of things that you’d decorate with in any other room: art, pillows, blankets, baskets, cute lamps, etc. Some small and inexpensive ways to add personality and color are: an inspiring print, a mug that makes you smile, and some flowers or plants. P.S. If you have a green thumb, try getting an air plant. I’m the worst at keeping plants alive and I have air plants that are going on a year strong now.
My answer: Framed art, a mirror, or a gallery wall would all look great. But if you live in an area where there are earthquakes, you might not want to hang glass over the bed--or maybe you just like the idea of doing something a little different. Luckily, you have lots of other options! Some ideas that I like are: faux taxidermy, a woven wall hanging, an African juju hat, etc. Think about your hobbies and what you already own, too. I’ve seen a room with a pair of wooden oars over the bed, and I’ve also seen a bedroom with a bunch of cowboy hats hung on the wall. It can be fun to have “art" that’s a little more sentimental.
My answer: Blue is such a common color for bedrooms, since it’s considered soothing and restful. But lately, I’ve been really loving a combination of soft, muted pink with neutrals like brass, grey, light wood, and ivory. Plus, when it comes to how color affects our mood, pink is typically associated with romance…so that works out well! If you’re not a fan of pink, I also really love all neutrals in the bedroom. You can use texture like knit blankets, a tufted headboard, and a cushy rug to keep it from being boring…and it makes a great blank canvas to layer in accent colors seasonally, if you like to switch things up.
Christa's question: I just moved into a brand new townhouse and I need help decorating my living room. I have light colored hardwoods and high ceilings. I need help finding the right media console, but don't want for it to be the focus of my room. I have eclectic style with souvenirs from all of my travels - mostly african masks and beautiful colorful wall hangings and fabrics. Any ideas?
My answer: For your eclectic style, I think a midcentury style media console would fit in well. Midcentury pieces are absolutely gorgeous, and they tend to mix well with all different styles. Plus, their clean lines and simple shape won’t compete with your beautiful wall hangings and souvenirs. Hope that helps!
Hope you found this Q&A interesting and helpful! If you're interested in trying out Decorist, my promo code with them is still live--use decoristathome to get $10 off a makeover.
Have a great weekend!