If you are like me you are always looking for ways to change or update the look of a room in your home. Do you have a room that looks a little dated or tired? Or one that just may need a change? Today’s PRACTICALLY SPEAKING is about small ways to change the look of our rooms without doing a total makeover! These are practical and doable and will actually make a huge difference in how rooms look! I use these tips often and they really work to make a big improvement in my decor! Let’s get started loving our homes by incorporating these 5 easy changes!
Paint changes everything. Plain and simple. One of the best ways to change the look of a room is to paint something in it. The walls, floors, furniture, accent pieces. Tables, chairs, cushions, lampshades, doors, books… you name it and you can paint it! A paintbrush is like a magic wand. USE it! This is the best way to make a room look drastically different!
Paint is easy to use and the cost is minimal compared to the impact it makes! If one of your rooms needs something to freshen it up… paint it! I think painting is good for the soul and our homes!
The clock on the mantel originally had a brown frame. It was heavy and looked out of place. A couple of hours, paints and a new technique turned the clock on the mantel into a piece that worked with the whole room. What a difference! To see how I painted the clock click HERE. You can also see the clock’s before and after.
Sometimes we get decor blind! When we look at the same things in a room for a long time we become oblivious to the need of freshen things up! Have you ever noticed how our rooms seem to collect “things”! They collect too many pillows or books or accent pieces or chairs or chotchkies! Try purging your room of any auxiliary decor noise!
Also, try removing one piece of furniture. Many of us don’t give our rooms enough breathing space! If you remove a piece of furniture try a new configuration for the furniture left. It may just be what your room needed!
Big or small, editing things and playing with your decor will give you a fresh more curated look!
My mantel is a great example of editing. Instead of spreading decor elements across the entire mantel I group a few pieces into a nicely composed vignette. It has the impact of one large item and does not look cluttered.
This is such a simple way to change the look of a room. Put everything in its place and take out ANYTHING that does not belong there. I’d actually start with this tips when you want to make a difference in a room!
Once I organized all the books and magazines in my bookshelves and stowed them away in handsome baskets my whole family room looked better. This made such a huge difference in the entire look of my room!
I am a huge believer of repurposing furnishings. Give furniture a second life. Think about bringing decor from one part of your home and putting it in a different room. Take all those gorgeous platters you own and hang them on the wall. Use an old colander as a planter. Make a vintage milk can in the basement into a great lamp (I’m actually doing this!). Use a bedroom dresser as a cool bar or hang wire baskets in the kitchen to hold your cookbooks.
When I added the platters around the curio it made it feel “finished”. If you want to know how to hang plates and other things without using wires click HERE.
Thinking outside the decor box will get your creative juices flowing and you too!
If you don’t like something… cover it up!!! There are so many things we own that would brighten up an entire room if we covered them! Slipcover a sofa or chair, make or buy a new pillow cover, cover a lampshade with a fun fabric, cover a book with burlap.
The club chairs that flank the mantel are a rich brown leather. They are great chairs, but they thew off the look of the room. I had them slipcovered in a white duck fabric and that one change brought the whole room together in harmony!
This is one of my favorite ways to breathe new life into a room!
What room in your home needs a little love? Could you use one of these tips to make a huge decor difference! Make a plan and begin changing your home today!
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