The last two steps go back to, ironically, the serenity prayer. Very weird how that worked out but also very nice for this series of posts.
Accept the things I cannot change.
Although you've picked out your dream room(s), there are certain aspects of your current situation that will prevent you from copying the room exactly from the picture. What are you faced with?
- Can't paint the walls.
- Have (maybe) about $30 to spend for updates.
- Must be dog friendly.
Not a big list but a challenging one. It's a good thing I have a lot of stuff to play around with.
The courage to change the things I can.
Take the three things you listed as your current style and compare those with the three things you like about your dream room(s). In broad strokes, what are the changes that need to be made to get you closer to your perfect style?
- "Natural elements" do not necessarily mean "neutral color palette".
- Artwork needs to make an impact.
- Texture and patterns are my friends.
Think about these new revelations, take into account your limitations and figure out how you can make your room more... you. Remember not to take the pictures so literally. Meaning, don't try to make your couch yellow when it's tan and you can't purchase a new one. Instead, figure out how to add more vibrant colors to your color palette.
Still can't figure out where to start? Focus on your color palette. Compare and contrast your current to your dream home and figure out what are the colors that speak to you. If you can paint your walls, don't forget that you can always paint it back if you don't like it.
I'll keep you posted on my outcome.