You've just moved into a new place OR you're starting to get tired of what you're looking at? You're looking for a pick-me-up for your space? Cleaning is uneventful, and you could probably do it with your eyes closed. So why not just switch it up a bit to make a no cost restyle? Here are a few of my tips to show you how...
On left the left is Spring 2010 on right 2006 when we purchased
Restyled on left Spring 2010 - Restyled on right Summer 2007
Cluster all your finds together in an adjacent space (like the kitchen counter), strip away all the existing elements in your space, so now you can see a clear pallet. If you're locked into a furniture arrangement because of furniture limitations: no problem. Simply change the look of your space by layering window panels. An odd wall of windows can be quickly transformed into a FOCAL POINT in the space by uniting the odd windows with a double rod.
Sofa been around a while? And now it's highlighted with your updated window panels? No problem - dress it up with a throw, pillow covers, and accent pillows. Try a banding effect down the center of the sofa for a renewed look and splash of color. The season is featuring a lot of prints, so this can be a great place to jazz up a solid sofa - those black & white covers you found on clearance at PB can tie back into the black and white rug. Keep two pillows same as sofa, so it still relates, and this will tie back to the sheers and panels. Cover two more accent pillows, and dig out those old dec pillows you've had buried in the closet.
Now is a good time to be placing back those end tables and add lamps. Tired of the lamps look, but it has a great base? Just switch-out its shade. (I had found these printed shades at Marshalls HomeGoods about a month before... and they were my initial inspiration for restyling this space) Lamps too low? Just bring over stacks of your favorite decor books. Try to keep them all the same color. If not - you do have 3 options:
- Turn them backwards to only show page edges
- Reverse the jackets to make them white
- Utilize some natural kraft paper, and make book covers
Take a step back. How's it looking? Balance, flow, drama...
Ok... Time for coffee... the table that is.
That sofa still needs something above it? Why not reframe that piece you found thrifting the other day? It's original frame was black, but it was too contrasting for all going on, so switched it out for a silver frame. Now the silver relates to other silver elements in the room: end tables, frames, and mirrors. No wall to hang you fabulous new find? Here's where the double hung rod comes in handy: suspend your art from the rod (just check its' weight - if it feels too heavy, it probably is too heavy for the rod).
Time for some finishing touches, like a throw here and accent pillows there. A quick tour of the vacuum, put away the extras... and have a seat with a glass of wine and put on some HGTV. Congratulations!! You've just completed restyling your living room!
Restyling a space is a quick and affordable means of getting a new look or feel to your home, to your travel trinkets, from your (thrift) collections, or from your tired old furnishings, like maybe a tired wall unit...
Our original wall unit (jeff's) was oak in 2006 (center) when we moved - I painted black semigloss in 2007 (right) which made it more liveable, until finally we replaced the unit with newer unit (from Ikea) when we got a flat screen on 2009 (left)
enJOY your restyled space...
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