One of the most asked questions here at StoneGable is how do I update my out-of-date rooms? I hear you! I think we all want to keep our homes comfortable and attractive and updated. I’ve been on a soft rant lately about the importance of keeping our homes as up-to-date as we are! That does not mean gutting everything but it does mean being aware of the “state of our homes” and keeping on top of any changes that need to be done. So, today I’m sharing simple ways to help the rooms of our homes go from FRUMPY TO FABULOUS!
Today on the podcast DECORATING TIPS AND TRICKS we will be talking about FRUMPY TO FABULOUS! Lots and lots of ideas and tips for taking those out of date items and upcycling them or replacing them with things that will make our homes FABULOOOOUS, darling!
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Here are 10 ways to go from frumpy to fabulous…
I am a huge fan of paint! Your paintbrush is a magical tool to update so many things in your home! Give your walls a fresh coat of paint and update the color! This is my number ONE tip! You won’t believe the difference!
Over the last 5 years or so we have lightened up almost every room in our home! And our home has a new fresh look!
You can read about the paint colors of StoneGable HERE.
UPCYCLE WHAT YOU HAVE
Again, get that paintbrush out and paint something that is out-of-date! These 18th-century mahogany chairs were really dating my dining room until I painted them and put new fabric on their seats. What a difference. They still have the gorgeous style but the painted finish is so right now! It was a long process but very easy!
If you like the painted look you can see a tutorial for this technique HERE.
The clock below made my family room look a little dark and the heavy brown frame looked out of style. I contemplated replacing it but painted it instead. And I’m so so glad I did!!!! What a difference! A much more updated look, indeed! You can see a tutorial for painting the clock HERE.
Learning how to paint things in your home will go a long way to give it a fresh, right-now look!
I am the master of furniture disguise! It’s truly transformational to slipcover furniture or reupholster it! I’ve slipcovered 2 sofas and 2 chairs and I am thrilled with their new look!
And I’ve reupholstered countless other chairs, a couple benches, and a sofa. Talk about a big update!!!! If any of your soft furnishings are dating your home I say cover them!!!!
Find a slipcoverer in your area and a person who reupholsters. Make friends with them!!!! I found my fabulous slipcoverer lady by googling… slipcoverers in Lancaster Pa. She is amazing!
Just a word of caution… reupholstering a sofa can be a lot more $$$ than buying a new one. When it comes to covering a sofa go the slipcover route!
Now, let’s talk about fabric. Stay away from florals, little prints, plaids, and stripes. Go for a solid, neutral sofa that will be in style for years!
The images of the dining room bench show that it has been reupholstered and slipcovered. And the wood on it was repainted too. You can see how I made this easy drop cloth slipcover HERE. You can also see the painted and reupholstered chairs too!
One of my favorite looks is what I call high/low. It’s all about mixing high end or high end looking designs with chippy, vintage, and well worn pieces. The mirror in the dining room is one of the most expensive things we own. It is really gorgeous and took a long, long time to save for decades ago. I really love it but it could make my dining room look very formal and even a little staid.
Pairing it with chippy shutters and chamber pot lids softens it’s formality and makes it look fresh and quite chic (if I do say so myself!). It’s all about that high/low balance. I have beautiful pricey pieces that sit side by side with things I found at Goodwill. And when styled right they look amazing together!
GET RID OF IT
Now, for a little bit of tough love!
Please understand that updating a room is a p-r-o-c-e-s-s and should not be done overnight! If you have something that is making your whole room look frumpy there may not be a way to cover, paint or upcycle it! It might be time to get rid of it! And you may need time to make that decision. Go ahead and think it through. But don’t get “stuck”. So many home decor enthusiasts don’t update because they get stuck!!
Sometimes you just need to move ahead and move on!
Okay, I know some of you love to collect things. And they are very sentimental to you. This is a little hard for me to fully understand as I am not a collector at all.
There is a point that collections turn into clutter. Sad, but true. And most collections make our homes look very outdated. Instead of showing off your whole collection why not group 3 or 5 together and rotate them in and out of a room. Doing this one thing will update a room immediately!
GO FOR UPDATED ACCESSORIES
Updated accessories will raise the trendy cred of a room. Here are my rules for choosing accessories… 1. Use what you love and 2. buy inexpensive and 3. make it yourself. Accessories that are updated will change every few years, so remember to follow my rules!
To see this so so easy diy for making trendy decorative orbs go HERE.
Rugs almost shout their age! Today’s rugs are less fussy and actually very reasonable! I adore oriental rugs but they must be very high quality! If you have an inexpensive oriental-style rug replace it with a new rug style!
Think about using a gorgeous indoor/outdoor rug in a room. The rug in my dining room is an indoor/outdoor.
If you have wall to wall carpeting think about layering an updated rug over it.
Instead of using one metal, like brass or even brushed nickel, mix them up! Use one metal as the predominant one and then throw in a more modern metal like oil rubbed bronze, copper or non-lacquered brass. Go natural instead of shiny.
LET THE LIGHT IN
Another big way to update a room is to take down any ornate window coverings. Go with a bamboo shade or a nice straight curtain in an updated fabric. Not only will a room look better with trendy curtains but it will also let the light into your room which always makes a room look beautiful!
To see how I made Walmart sheers into fun family room curtains go HERE.
I hope you will listen to our podcast episode today because we have lots and lots of great tips to go from frumpy to fabulous!
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