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What Ava Living designer Alycia Wicker has to say about member maribel valadez’s room.
Alycia Wicker, CID ♣
behind the bed
What works and what doesn't in your room.
Your room reflects a unique personality that's adventurous. The mood it projects is exotic, warm, tropical, and comfortable.
Hi and thank you for requesting a room review from me.
I think you are on the right track to creating a safari bedroom. Since this is a theme room, the accessories in your space definitely coordinate well with your theme.
First, we will start with the "Balance" in your bedroom. You have the balance of furniture going right on your bed wall. You have your bed with night stands on either side. I would suggest that the theme of your room could definitely lend itself to being warmed up in the furniture. All white furniture is counteracting your theme. The wall with your dresser needs some attention, the two little storage things on either side of the dresser are too small and the accessories aren't the right scale for them. The corner where you have the elephants on little shelves and a potted plant below needs to be addressed as well. I'm not sure if you are considering new furnishings or not, but if you plan on keeping your furniture, I would suggest removing the light from the top of the dresser mirror.
"Emphasis" in your room needs some work. Your bed and the area above your bed should be the focal point. You can work on the contrast there because your bed frame blends into the wall. You can either paint the bed or the wall, but you need to make the bed more prominent. Next would be to work on the items hanging on this wall. Some of the items are too small and too spread out. Perhaps you could remove some of these smaller accessories and find something that can give your room a big impact. Some of the smaller items are making the space feel cluttered.
"Rhythm" in this room is good, but could be improved by grouping items together for a bigger impact. Some of the smaller groupings in the room would serve each other better is grouped differently.
"Harmony & Unity" in this space is good, but I think one of the issues in the space is how these items relate to each other and to the space. Warming up your space with paint could really help achieve the unity that this space needs and picking some colors from your bedspread or artwork would be the best. The display on your dresser is good, you have a symmetrical balance going on and with the bamboo mat underneath the items, and you have tied the theme together quite well there.
"Proportion & Scale" is the biggest problem in your bedroom. The lights on the nightstands are too small, although they are very cute. I think this goes for quite a few items in your space; they are too small and seem lost on your walls. It looks like you need more storage in your bedroom, and a better solution would be to find something larger instead of many little things which can seem like clutter to the eye.
You may also want to consider getting bamboo blinds and coordinating them with your soft window treatment. The window treatment isn't screaming "safari" to me as much as it is "traditional" and the drapery rod seems undersized. Also, you need more than two panels for your window since you are getting the fullness that will really add to the space.
I hope you don't think my review is too harsh, but I can really see how fantastic this room can be! Please let me know if you would like to work with me to help you complete your safari look where I can get more detailed in my ideas for your space. Once again, thank you for allowing me to review your space.
Alycia Wicker, ASID, CID
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