Recently, I met with a client who’s looking for little “facelift” updates to freshen/brighten her home for the winter, but is not looking to invest in any major furniture purchases. Here are a few suggestions for simple updates that make a big difference in brightening a home with little investment:
1) Slipcovers are a great solution for people who want to change their sofa or love seat, but perhaps have pets, and/or are not ready to invest in a new piece of furniture. I like Surefit stretch pique slipcovers, which really conform to the shape of your furniture, and need less re-tucking than non-stretch slipcovers. There are two- and three-piece versions that give an even more tailored look.
2) Add a mirror. Wherever a mirror reflects light in a room, it effectively doubles that light. Placing a mirror opposite or adjacent to a window immediately brightens your space. No window? Hang a large mirror (3′ x 4′) over a console table and place a pair of lamps in front of it. Again, the lamp light is now doubled.
3) Candles are a wonderful way to add shimmer and visual warmth to any space, and are especially lovely in the cold weather months. Group three, five, or seven tall pillar candles, alternating their heights by using various-height candlesticks; you can even use books to elevate some of your candles for a little variety and interest. Using all the same color candles gives a sophisticated look that’s appropriate for any decor style.
4) Bring in a new toss pillow or two, and a new throw blanket. These are the accents of your room, like jewelry is the accent to an outfit. Choose colors that work with your decor, but are on the lighter side if your room feels too dark or heavy. If you’re going for an all-neutral palette, your new toss pillows and blanket will add greatly to your decor if they are very textural. Mixing different textures (rough, smooth, bumpy, silky, loose weaves, embellished with natural items like shells, feathers, or wooden beads, etc.) adds a lot of interest to your room, even if your new items happen to be all white, beige, or gray.
5) For a really easy update, try switching artwork, accessories, or even furnishings between different rooms of your home. Or better yet, try my friend Linda’s approach. Several years ago, she invited her children to switch bedrooms, and allowed them to decide who would go where, and what changes they’d make to each room. The only catch was the existing furniture had to stay within each room. It was a little chaotic, she says, but in the end everyone loved their new spaces!
The best changes aren’t necessarily the trendiest or most expensive…. they’re simply the ones that fit your needs as well as lift your spirits. Happy decorating!
Beth Frede Interiors – http://bethfredeinteriors.com