Designing a Virtual Room: French Farmhouse Edition

French Farmhouse Dining Room

A settled and pulled together home is essential to rest and relaxation. As the design world is ever changing, creating services that are more flexible, accessible and user friendly are trending. Virtual room design is taking the industry by storm. We have recently added this service for just $200 per room. From a dining room, to a kitchen, a powder room or nursery, you will receive two mood boards to chose from along with a source list that fits your budget. This is an example of what your mood board will look like– exactly what a design board looks like! While I am using French Farmhouse as my style example today, I totally get that this isn’t everyones taste. Here are the elements we cover when doing an online room design and a brief description of this particular mood boards selections:

Paint: When possible, choosing the right paint color for the backdrop is an essential element of the overall design. For this French Farmhouse dining room, I selected a gorgeous, simple neutral by Farrow & Ball called Clunch No. 2009. Clunch is aptly named after the chalk stone used in building blocks because it has a very dependable feel to it. Although some people see it as a soft grey, it actually has a yellow base making it the easiest of colours to live with. 

Furniture: When purchasing large pieces of furniture such as dining room tables, chairs, side tables, etc., look for a weathered, glazed wood and avoid traditional finishes like cherry or mahogany for a French Farmhouse feel. If you happen to own a dining table already, consider an inexpensive DIY refinish. Shabby painted furniture is at every thrift store and flea market across the country. The less perfect, the better! Inspiration here

Fabrics: Soft gray velvets, wrinkled silks, washed linens and wools make for exceptional choices for window treatments, upholstered seating, table linens and rugs. I love the layered rug trend currently happening- although I realize it’s not practical for everyone. If you do go this route, stick to rugs in similar color families so you can swap them out in different rooms down the line when a refresh is in order.

Lighting: Lighting changes the room drastically- Stick with non polished metals and weathered wood or wrought iron. I love the 25 watt candelabra bulbs on a dimmer to set the mood. Installing a new light is easy too- you shouldn’t need an electrician to do it, but make sure the person doing it knows what they are doing!

Accessories: Keep accessories simple and clean. Stuff collects dust and dust is gross. I love to add plants to any room (except the bedroom). The pop of green and the organic shape are relaxing on the eye and seem to bring a space to life.  Keep other accessories minimal and neutral, like woven baskets to hold pillows and throws, old books to stack, and vintage glass.

Last but not least, candles. Always add candles. While I’m not going to go as far as to say you should have established your personal home scent by the time you’re 30 (!), I do think there is something about your favorite candle burning that makes being home feel luxurious.

We would love to design a room just for you- our room designs are just $200 per room! Click here to get started.

xo, e

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