By now you’ve stored most of the holiday decorations and your living room is back to its “old” self, but why stop there. Start the New Year with a room makeover that refreshes your space and gives you a new look on the coming year.
A simple refreshing of a room can have a positive effect on you with little or no expense at all. Here are a few things to making your room feel new and refreshed for an optimistic year ahead.
Rearrange the Furniture
You can transform the look and feel of a room simply by rearranging the furniture. If possible, start by removing everything out of the room to create a clean canvas. Banish the unnecessary, stow the clutter then move the furniture around until you have a visually pleasing grouping. Keep in mind the flow of traffic, the function of the room and the focal point.
Paint is trans-formative, and easy to apply. Use it to add color to walls, update flea market furnishings, refresh tired floors, and showcase a room's architectural features. Choose a wall color that promotes a mood and that complement your furnishings and personal style.
If painting is not an option then add some pops of color with brightly colored pillows, a rug, or curtains, it’s an effective way to completely change a room. To get more inspiration check out Sherwin-Williams how to tutorials.
Apply texture and color to walls with easy to remove peel and stick wallpaper, decorative wood panels or decals. Relatively inexpensive, they can add depth and interest to an otherwise flat and dull wall. Add it for a stylish accent to one wall or to the back of bookcases to create interest. Check out stikwood.com for some wood inspiration and wallpops.com for wallpaper or decals.
Shop Your Home
You can make a striking change to a room by simply using things you already own. Bring in furniture and accessories from other spaces. If you have wall to wall carpet, layer it with a rug from another area. Switch out your night stands with end tables. Swap out lamps from other spaces or simply update your white lamp shade with one that has color.
Style your accessories
Whether it’s bright Fiesta ware or Chinese vases, collections conveniently highlight a theme and introduce colors and patterns, while creating interest. Knickknacks have the greatest impact when grouped by color, shape, or subject matter. Vary the height of object to create movement and interest. Stack books and display collectibles on trays. Finally top off the styling with plants or flowers that make the room come alive. (Check out my blog on styling for more tips)
With these few simple steps you could shake up a room for a fresh outlook in the new year.
At an early age I set out to see the world, and while having already visited over 50 countries, I feel that my journey is just beginning. For me, travel and design go hand in hand. Whether seeking out great shops in trendy neighborhoods or exploring the architectural environment around me, discovering design inspiration everywhere I go enriches me to transform a client’s needs and desires into their dream home.
Mike Howard is an award-winning designer specializing in kitchens, baths and small space design.