This may seem like a silly question but really, it’s not silly at all. A lot of people ask this question, and my answer is almost always the same. Most room remodels have a beginning, middle, and end to the actual “work parts” but how do we really know when the space is complete? Well, in my mind, most spaces aren’t. They are constantly evolving, in a sort of state of flux. You may take months to find that one art piece that you love that ties everything else together or a year later, you may find that one furniture piece that you find you can’t live without and that means doing some refiguring and rearranging to make it work in the space. Well, you know what? That’s okay! Maybe, just maybe, once you have those final things in place, you may stand back and go, “okay, now it’s perfect and I wouldn’t change a thing”. For me, those times are rare because I’m a nut! No really, I love the evolving room, the little tweaks here and there, the new pillows or new piece of art! I get energized by these things and maybe you will too.
This is not to say all projects are this way. Obviously if your big project was replacing flooring then you will definitely have a beginning, middle, and end to that project. (Hopefully, anyway!) But if you are completely changing out how your room looks then you may be finalizing things for a while and don’t worry about that! It’s a good thing. We should never feel pressure to get quickly to the point where we say that’s it, no more, it’s done. When it comes, you will know and you will be in love. I promise that by not rushing to fill up your shelves with stuff you don’t really care about just to get it done will be a good thing for you and your new space. Don’t get me wrong…there is nothing wrong with place-holders. You know that picture that you hang up over the fireplace until you find something that you really love. That is perfectly fine too.
Just remember what defines a well-put-together space:
1. Balance: Does your space feel complete? Do your eyes move evenly and gently up and down and all around the space?
2. Focal Points: Is your attention being drawn to things you want people to notice and away from those things that you want to downplay?
3. Usability: Can you clearly see the purpose of the space and know that it can be used in for that purpose?
If you can answer yes to these questions then you are well on your way to completion!
There are a lot of times in life where we’re told, it’s not about the destination but the journey to get there. Well, believe it or not, this is also true with home interiors…it’s all about the evolution of the space and enjoying the process, and the sweet reward of holding out to find just the right finishing touches! You won’t be sorry, I promise!
I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog series as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together for you!
Now, what will you do next to love where you live?