My Future Library Nook- How Should it Look?

One of the problems with my creative zeal mixed with my extremely overly analytical brain is that sometimes I cannot for the life of me make a decision!  This is especially true when it comes to shopping, which I’m sure has annoyed anyone unfortunate enough to accompany me on one of my excursions.  When it comes to interior decor, I think my indecision problem is two-fold.  One, I simply like too much!  There are so many beautiful styles to decorate with: traditional, old-fashioned elegance as seen at Arhaus, sleek contemporary lines such as at West Elm, the rustic charm featured in one of my favorite magazines, Country Living, and everything in between.  How’s a girl to choose?

My second problem occurs once I’ve made my decor selection: once I know what I want, I do not, I cannot, deviate from my vision!  By the time I settle on an idea, I’ve envisioned how I want the entire room to look- curtains, rug, furniture, accessories, colors, patterns- everything.  I even make little drawings of my rooms and the furniture/accessories/colors I want in there.  A little much?  Probably, but I can’t help it!  

The first room I'm working on decorating in our new house is the sitting room, which I want to turn into a library area.  Currently, it looks like this:

To help me in my decision making process, I’ve made two collages (courtesy of the handy dandy Picasa collage maker which I just discovered! Yes, I am way behind the curve!) featuring two different design ideas that I’m contemplating.  I love, love, love black and white, so my first design concept incorporates a lot of black and white with pops of green and pink:

My second idea uses a more neutral color palette, and also draws on my love of French inspired details:

When I started thinking about this, I thought I definitely wanted to go with a neutral palette.  However, after looking at these side by side, I have to say I am really loving the black and white combo!  I would love to know what you think- which one of these should I choose?  Do you have any tips or tricks for making design decisions? 


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