What’s Wrong With My Room: How to Identify Your Room’s Problems

If you don’t love every inch of your rooms then something is wrong. So how do you fix it? You figure out what is going wrong.

How do you feel about the color of your room? Color can change your mood, it can give your room a feeling that will carry through to other rooms. If you’re not happy with the color you’re ultimately not going to be happy with the room. Simply changing the wall color can improve your attitude in the room and may improve your feelings about surrounding rooms as well.

Changing the colors of your chairs and general furniture is a bit more involved than picking up a gallon or two of paint, but if you can’t afford an entirely new set of furniture consider changing an accent piece: go for a slipcover or disguise the piece with contrasting colors that surround and rest on your furniture.

If you’re happy with the colors then maybe it’s the lines and patterns of your room. Busy lines can make you feel anxious and in a bedroom, they can prevent relaxation. Too few lines can make the room seem uninviting and simply blah. Finding the room lines is more difficult than finding color flaws but let your eyes adjust and follow the architectural lines of your room. Are your eyes bouncing up, down, across, back and forth and crossways across your room? Obviously, you then have too much going on. Tone down those lines, remove your knickknacks, peel off that striped wallpaper, take down the photo collage. If your scan across the room takes only a second or two then it's time to add some visual interest to the room. Go to a home accessory store and have fun!

If neither of those things seems to be the problem it could be the texture of the room. Literally feel your way around the room. Is it too hard and cold or are you on the opposite end of the spectrum and your room is too soft and squishy? The solutions to both are pretty simple - for a room lacking textural diversity you need to add more variety. Cold, hard rooms need to be softened with pillows, throw rugs and plants. You can even soften a room by incorporating a color wash or another faux finish, which lessens the solidness of flat paint. Soft rooms can benefit from artwork with geometric shapes, rigid furniture, and less cuddly elements.

By analyzing your room’s color, line/pattern and texture you can narrow down the elements and really see which aspects of your room work and which ones are causing you a little trouble.

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