Group Therapy: Decorating Dilemmas

We all have them– those totally awkward spaces in our home/apartment/living space that we have no idea what to do with. It could be a strange nook, crazy high ceilings, crazy low ceilings, our other half's ugly stereo equipment, terrible etc. We stare at them and try a few options and quickly get frustrated because nothing looks right. I can't be the only one that goes through this, right?

I've had a couple of friends reach out to me with decorating dilemmas lately, and I thought we'd do some group therapy on the blog. We'll present the dilemma and then chat about how we might solve the problem. Sound good?

First up, we have my friend's large blank wall. What is it that is so intimidating about a large blank wall? My theory is that the canvas is just TOO blank. Sometimes having too many choices is completely overwhelming and leaves us paralyzed, afraid to pick the wrong option. Am I right?

The wall we're discussing today is the grey wall above the recliner. Pretend the recline is gone because she told me they were getting rid of it.  So it looks like we need a good way to fill the space above the sofa.

I asked her a couple more questions:

Where do you like to shop for home stuff? 
Figuring out which store I'd like to furnish from would be difficult, as I've always shopped so randomly and according to our budget. 

How would you describe your style?
I'd say the living room is modern (with the white leather couch) and crisp. We have all black furniture (not in the photo). I'm going for a simple look, but I still want it to be pretty. 

She also shared this pretty DIY project with me that she really liked and said she was "obsessed with white."

OK, let's put our heads together on this one...

Idea #1
My first thought was that a mirror might look really nice. If you've followed this blog for any amount of time, you know I'm a big fan of mirrors. It looks like the natural light is coming from the opposite wall in this photo, so placing a really big mirror or a series of mirrors on that wall might bounce more light and make the room look much bigger. 

If my friend is on a budget and is comfortable with her DIY skills, it would be really pretty to do one of these DIY window pane mirrors using Dollar Store mirrors. Painted white, perhaps? Here's a great tutorial from The Lettered Cottage

If she wants something a bit more funky, how about a cool display with these stick on mirror tiles? One could just draw a straight line down the center of the wall with a level and use that as the starting point for placing the tiles. I think it has the potential to be very cool. (It looks like they sell these mosaic mirror tiles at craft stores.)

Another easy mirrored option is to take a large floor mirror, which you can find fairly easily at Home Goods, and turn it on the horizontal. Then it would take up most of that wall and reflect the natural light.

Idea #2
Photo bomb! I have been in love with this image for so long, and something like this would be SO cool in this space. I happen to know this friend is into social media and probably has some fantastic Instagrams she could use to personalize this project.

And here's an even easier, more casual way to accomplish this look:


Alright, those are my first thoughts. What do you guys think she should do? Fire away in the comments. Let's help each other out, ladies!

If you have a decorating dilemma you want to submit to our {very accepting} group therapy sessions, shoot me your conundrum at jgrantham106@gmail.com!
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  1. Wow! Am I the first commenter? Woohoo:) My suggestion is for the furniture arrangement. It seems like the sectional it cutting off the middle of the room and makes the space feel a little awkward. Are the pieces movable? If so I think that trading out the two sides would flow better. Also the corner table seems to small for the size of their sectioal. Maybe a wrap around couch table like the one your Hubby built? As for the blank wall, I like the first mirror option, but that DIY project looks like it would be awesome too.

    1. Great idea with the furniture arrangement, Kels! I had similar thoughts about the custom table, but I'm not sure if she has access to the tools involved. We'll see!

  2. I'm not sure how much space there is along the grey wall, but what about narrow bookshelves (or leaning bookshelves) on the left and right with the small table and hanging mirror in between them?

    By the way, your friend's living room reminds me a lot of this- http://www.chrislovesjulia.com/2012/08/the-decomposition-of-our-living-room.html

    Also by the way, I love that first mirror option. I'm tucking it away in case I need a big impact mirror in the future.

    1. You're totally right, it looks a lot like that room! And that gallery wall they did is a nice option for her, too. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I like the idea of getting the sectional tucked in the corner and adding one or two sofa tables , behind each long section... to add lamps. Then I think you should paint her two complimentary paintings... maybe horses???.
    .. or flowers ?? On white canvasses. We know you can get some huge ones at your favorite thrift store! Hang one piece of art on each wall.

    1. Look at you JDB, offering out my painting services! Haha. I would but she lives across the country! Great ideas though.

  4. I think a statement mirror would be a good choice. I'd also like to see some colorful pillows on the sofa. Also, give her tips on bargain shopping. It makes one feel so much better to get good deals. Btw, did you finish helping your friends restyle their living room? ( you blogged about it a couple months ago)

    1. Sherri, that project has been 90% finished since before Thanksgiving but we were unable to match up our schedules during the holidays. I'm hoping to finish it up soon, but it all depends on her schedule and when it's convenient for me to come over. Thanks for asking (and remembering)!

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