I think I have a new obsession with all things white. Don’t get me wrong – my love affair with color is still going strong, but I love finding little pops of white to add to the house to lighten things up a bit. Despite the fact that our house is jammed packed with windows, we don’t have the best natural light – so a little bit of white goes a long way in Casa Hernandez.
Today’s installment of white comes from none other than Ikea. I had been pinning for their white grommet top curtains ever since I installed them in my sister’s nursery, and I’ve had my eye on those chic Ikea picture rails, but hadn’t found the perfect spot for them yet. So after overthinking and planning everything in my head (as usual) I decided on the perfect spots for my new pops of white.
The wall above our TV in our den was itching for something – and something big. Our access door to the attic is right above where the TV stands, so I didn’t want to put something on the wall, like a floating shelf, that would need to be removed every time we pulled down the attic door. I also wanted to bring in a touch of white to the den since most of the furniture in this room is dark, so the white floating shelf was the perfect solution.
Voile! This six foot sucker is the perfect solution to filling up our lonely wall above the television. I’m still working on filling the ledge with awesome frames of alternating sizes/colors, but am so pleased with my jolt of white that I had to share. Oh, and we have a slight obsession with Friends. This photo conveniently crops out the full 10 seasons of Friends we have hiding in our media cabinet. Nerd alert!
Our other white-tastic accent comes in the form of curtains. Curtains are the bane of my existence. I don’t have any in my home and spend countless hours trying to decide on what colors and types to put where. They haunt me. Luckily, I made the decision to put white curtains in our master bedroom to lighten up our somewhat dark palette of chocolate and blue, so I knew these economy curtains from Ikea would do just the trick.
The infamous before shot. I think that if you make your before shoots look a bit sad (unmade bed, curtains strewn about) the after shots have that much more of an impact. Did I just give away my secrets? Whoops.
Handy Husband did a great job at hanging our Ikea curtain rails. We hung these curtains as high as humanly possible to give the illusion of higher ceilings. If you hang your curtains lower than ceiling height, your eye will focus on that point and make the room feel smaller and less awesome.
It’s amazing how much something so minuscule can give a room such a “finished” look. I left these curtains just a bit longer than our ceiling height so they puddled a bit on the floor. Too-short curtains is like wearing high water pants – definitely a fashion no no. The curtains also give our non-big-girl bed a faux headboard look, which works great in the interim until we splurge for a real bed- headboard and all. Any white addicts like me out there who want to share their latest white obsessions?