I came across this photo in my Pinterest feed not to long ago. I was drawn to the room mostly because it has lots of contrast. And white walls. And my favorite natural fiber rug. And while the room is beautiful and expertly decorated, it's missing something for me. It feels too polished, too perfect for my taste. Technically, it hits all the right notes in terms of balance, contrast, texture, scale, repetition, etc., but I'm not sure I'd feel at home in this room.
In my Pinterest feed, this photo was directly under the first one I showed you. That juxtaposition really highlighted the difference between the two. There is still lots of contrast, but the harshness is mellowed by warm midtones of the wooden dresser, which I think makes such a difference. And there's really not much that's polished here -- the beaten up dresser kind of puts you at ease. We get a story about the room too, don't we? This is a boy's room. One who likes fencing and skateboarding. I much, much prefer this style of decorating and have noticed that I appreciate this lived in and collected look even more as time passes by.