Column: Stumped with your room? Take a picture

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Commentary by Krista Bocko

Who doesn’t have a room they struggle with in some way or another? I know I do.

Accessories like art, books, plants and more can make a big difference when changing up a space. (Submitted photo)

It could be a room where you like your furnishings just fine, but something is off. Maybe the way the furniture is arranged doesn’t work. Maybe you have a room you just kind of ignore, because it doesn’t feel functional or enjoyable to be in at all.

If you’re in this boat, I have good news! One technique you can use is to take photos of the room from different angles and look at them critically. What this does is help you take the room in context, as a whole. So many times, we’re in the room all the time and can’t see the forest for the trees. So, seeing the room through a photo makes it easier to pinpoint what is and isn’t working. If you didn’t realize it before, you could be able to see that you have way too much furniture, or that the artwork is too high and too spread out, or those bookcases are way too cluttered. Your furniture might be too spread out, in which case bringing it closer together and arranging it differently could change the whole look and feel.

Don’t forget the power of accessories. Accessories are any décor or functional items – think lighting, artwork, throw pillows, blankets, books, plants, decorative objects. It’s hard to imagine that they can really make that much of a difference, but they do. I worked on a house recently and documented the progress through photos of the living room, which went from empty, to having furniture, to the added accessories. Those finishing touches really made the room sparkle!

And speaking of photos, it’s very fun to keep a photo diary of the changes you make. I look back at photos of my personal room changes, and, whoa. I’m happy to say things look far better than before as I’ve taken my time and figured out what works best for my house and family. It’s a good reminder that progress comes slowly sometimes. Sometimes we need the right wall color, the right furniture and accessories, a new idea for a layout that we hadn’t considered and an open mind to new possibilities.

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