Apr 3, 2012

Weekend update ideas.

Want to make some long-term design changes but only have one weekend? Try one of these ideas:

(1) Re-arrange a room. You can change the look and feel of your space by moving the furniture to different positions. Try placing your sofa perpendicular to where it rests now.  Set other seating in a new group around it. Place your bed on an angle.  Re-purpose pieces that are unused in one room - like small dressers and chests - and place in the 'new' room. Don't forget that function is more important than style. 

(2) Paint ONE wall in your largest room.  Use a color from your furniture or accessories to complement the existing decor.  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 of a picture window 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 and is a quick fix for worn and dated carpet. Change the area rugs you have from one room to another for a new look. You don't have to add lots of pattern to make it work; a great texture can make a terrific change. 

(4)  Change your artAdd a mirror, create a 'pair' of pieces, re-arrange one wall with a vignette of photos or art rather than one or two large ones. Buy some new art and frames at www.art.com.

(5) Add a backsplash. If you have drywall behind your sinks in the bath and kitchen, try adding some decorative tile to dress it up. The cost for an 18" x 4' space can be as low as $30 in materials. Check out our YouTube tile installation video. This one is recycled glass with a hint of iridescence that creates a huge impact. 

(6) Hang new window coverings.  If you have blinds, try adding side panels for softness and warmth. www.ikea.com has great pairs for under $40. Already have panels? Change them out, add trim, add tassels, change the rods. Going from heavy drapes 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. Here, the woven blinds were dressed with both panels and a valence to create a very elegant new look.