Traditional style is one of four key groups of decorating style that is responsible for the array of styles you see today. And although many of us love to rely on tried and true favorites, sometimes we just want a little change in decor.
Paint and fabric can hide a multitude of sins. Traditional furnishings can be updated instantly by covering them in contemporary fabric. If you still prefer fabrics like velvet (pictured above) simply update the color instead. You can paint furniture too. Dark, heavy woods are given new life with a distressed or light-colored finish. Now add bright, jazzy colors to complete the look.
Breath life into old lamps by switching out the lampshades to a different shape and/or color to bring them into the 21st century. And yes, you can paint lamp bases too. Show off their shape with a funky color.
Use unexpected items with a touch of whimsey as accessories and remember to carry the color story around the room. Here are some more tips…
* Bring lighter woods into the room. Don’t be afraid to mix light with dark.
* It’s okay to mix periods too, in fact it’s encouraged in today’s decor.
* Mix in informal pieces with formal. Each piece will now gain the attention it deserves.
*Bring in some contemporay art to shake up the space.
* Paint out that brassy chandelier with a burnished bronze paint (try Krylon) and then update the fixture with sassy shades.
* Switch out cabinet hardware with simple designs in brushed silver or bronze.
* Don’t be frightened by dark colors. I’m not talking Victoriana – use deep, rich colors to really make the room shine.
* Throw down a fun and funky area rug to infuse more color and an unexpected pattern into the room.
* Replace matchy-matchy furniture sets. Pair a contemporary style table with traditional chairs or vice versa. You don’t have to purchase furniture the way it’s presented in the showroom. Just remember to keep height and scale in mind
Kim Merritt http://beautifullivingstyle.blogspot.com