I enjoy a dynamic atmosphere. I like to add a little sparkle for the holidays and change curtains and bedding with the seasons. However, in addition to those predictable updates, I derive great pleasure from puttering around my rooms, shopping and changing things up regularly to keep it all fresh and interesting. Of course, that can be an expensive proposition and lead to a large collection of stuff cluttering up closets, which is exactly why I am a firm believer in the power of one. It's another one of my decorating cheats that I use often.
The premise behind it, is that an entire room can take on a different feel just by swapping out one item...and I'm not talking about the couch! I was recently at a discount home store and found a carved wooden circle in the clearance aisle for ten bucks. I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but it was too pretty to pass up and I figured I had thirty days to return it, if it didn't work anywhere. Well, when I got home, I brought it into my bedroom and thought it would look great over the bed. It totally did.
It's a very, very small change.
It's not permanent and it wasn't expensive, frankly, it's not even that dramatic a piece, but it's enough to lighten up the feel of the room. The bedding looks crisper, the white curtains seem a bit brighter, even my old Ikea lamps are fresher somehow.
No one else may ever notice the subtle difference, but I do and every time I walk into the room now, I smile, which is good for your health, by the way! That alone is worth ten bucks. I am sure that my husband would totally agree.
I suggest that next time you are feeling the need for a complete overhaul in a beloved room, try my advice. Change just one item and see if it doesn't change your entire perspective. Add a bright throw, swap one pillow for another in a color that is totally unexpected, replace a lampshade, buy a new soap dispenser or change the window treatment. Introduce something with a little sparkle, perhaps a mercury glass, silver or gold item. It may be all you need to quell the urge to totally redecorate.
Just be careful not to let that one pillow turn into one pillow and its mate and a matching throw and a new picture frame in the same color family, because then you are redecorating. The key here is one item. Just one.
Don't believe me? Skeptical about this magical power of one? Well, just think about how the simple addition of a Christmas tree totally transforms any room (yes,yes, I know it has lights and ornaments, but it's really one entity) or a single new plant or a lit candle. Think about how the curb appeal of your home is altered each time you update that wreath on your front door. It's looks totally fresh and that's one tiny accessory on a very large structure.
Big overhauls and dramatic remodels are of course super fun and there really is no substitute for them in certain instances. However, they are pricey, disruptive and let's face it, very unrealistic on a repetitive or regular basis. The power of one is an easy way to get that brand new room feeling when whimsey strikes, without the mess, fuss or expense.
It's the power of one...super easy, super cheap. Exquisitely Unremarkable.
Do you believe in the power of one?
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