Feb 19, 2013

Winter updates

You've got the winter blahs. Snow is great but the bleak, gray days are somewhat depressing. Here are five quick ways to bring something new to your indoor spaces.

(1) Re-arrange a room. You can change the look and feel of your space by moving the furniture to different positions. Re-purpose pieces that are unused in one room - like small dressers and chests - and place in the 'new' room.   Create a new focal point.  Are your pieces symmetric? Mix them up.  Place seating at angles instead of straight on.  Remember that function is still more important than style.You can e-mail your questions and we will help. Our E-design program is ideal for long-term space planning from afar!

(2) Paint ONE wall in your largest room.  Using a color from your furniture or accessories to complement the existing decor, paint an accent wall.  Choose wisely - an accent wall should not be broken up by windows or doorways or the impact will be less. Can't do a full wall? Try a stencil around the perimeter or around the canopy of your light fixture.

(3) Update the flooring with an area rug. It's OK to place a decorative rug on carpet (especially worn and dated carpet). Change the area rugs you have from one room to another for a new look.  We have new and gently used wool area rugs and runners in the showroom so stop by and see what works for you.

(4)  Change your artAdd a mirror, re-arrange one wall with a vignette of photos or art rather than one or two large ones.  We have a great selection on-line and much more in the showroom.  I often recommend DIY art as a perfect way to express yourself and create interest. Be creative with wood pieces, recycled materials, fabrics and more! How about using vinyl wall decals? They are easily added, removed and changed!

(5) Hang new window coverings.  If you have 
blinds, try adding side panels for softness and warmth.  This space was made significantly warmer and finished by adding panels to the existing blinds. www.ikea.com has great pairs for under $40. Already have panels? Change them out with a new pattern or to a solid, add trim at the base or sides, add tassels, change the rod or finial. I like to add jewelry to panels and as tie backs. Check our previous blogs for ideas! If you have heavy drapes, switching to sheers will make a big difference in the space. Need blinds? The big box stores sell ready-to-hang and cut-to-fit blinds.