Welcome back to Week 2 of the One Room Challenge! The physical room still looks largely the same this week as it did last, but thats OK because there has been a lot of planning behind the scenes, and my entire design plan has now been finalized! Goods have been arriving daily and we're ready to hit the ground running!
One of the questions I get asked a lot in my job is is "Where should I start when I'm designing a room?". I imagine the process might differ slightly from designer to designer, but I'll fill you in a little more about the way I work. Unfortunately I don't just wake up in the middle of the night with a totally complete vision for an entire space. (That would save me a lot of time and a lot of research!). Instead, I always start with an inspiration piece and I use that as a jumping off point to build the rest of the design around. In most cases that inspiration piece is fabric, but occasionally its artwork or wallpaper, or even a striking accessory. The point is, it's something that evokes a feeling that I want the rest of the space to encapsulate.
I also use this piece as a "road map" when I'm pulling colors or mixing prints. It's the piece that makes everything else in the space make sense, because they all tie back to it in one way or another. For this reason, I usually start with something that has 3 or more colors.
In this room, my inspiration piece is a gorgeous Schumacher fabric called Zanzibar Linen. I Instantly fell in love with the dynamic print and the vibrant colors. It takes 15 screens to create this print because all of the subtle shading within each color, so there is A LOT to pull from! (Side note- If you're at home wondering a. what's a screen? , And b. how does this help me pulling colors? Let me back up for a minute. Have you ever noticed tiny little numbered circles on the side of your fabric? Well, those represent how many different screens of colors were used to print the fabric in the screen printing process. Each bubble represents a different color, and each number represents the order they were printed in. You can use the bubbles as a color standard to match to other fabric you might use for a project.)
With a roadmap in place, I start to pull all other prints and colors for the room. In this case, I'll be playing up the ivory and the blue, but I also plan to bring in accents in the various shades of indigo and violet. For neutrals, this fabric has white, gray and cream tones, so even though the over all effect of the print is colorful, it is also calming.
Since this is a bedroom, a lot of my focus for this project went into finding the perfect bedding! As soon as I had my inspiration fabric made into pillows, I was on the hunt for the perfect pieces to complement them. The duvet will be a crisp white, but I wanted a colorful and fun choice for the sheets. In walks the Jemina Sheet by Roller Rabbit. I'm a sucker for block prints, and I love how the vibrant blue really pops! I also like how the smaller scale print looks next to the large scale of the Zanzibar linen.
I'm also bringing out pops of the brighter blue from the Zanzibar print with the furniture and accessories that will be in the space, All the while, keeping it grounded with neutrals as well.
Now that my color scheme is chosen and plans are in place, all of the heavy lifting for the room can begin! We have two big projects kicking off this week that I'll be documenting and sharing in the next two weeks. First up, a build-out that I've been dreaming of and wanting since I was a child. What is it? You'll have to check back next week to find out!
And of course make sure to follow along with all of the other One Room Challenge participants here.