What types of things make a dated room look fresh? As fashion is evolving so is the world of decor. To stay current, sometimes there are small changes that you can make that are relatively inexpensive if you are willing to do the work. These are also good projects for couples who like to experiment or update details on their own homes.
Here are some trends or ideas you might adopt for yourself:
- Use Roman shades versus drapes. They are streamlined, more modern and less apt to collect dust.
- Change your dark paneling–bleach it and then white wash for a fresher, lighter look.
- Nix the tchotchkes. Be more selective about what you showcase. Editing is the name of the game. Look at spreads of rooms in shelter magazines, the tables will be nearly clear and the rooms are almost devoid of anything that could be considered clutter.
- Look for symmetry. Balance is all-important for making our “ordered” brains comfortable. In other words, two topiaries that flank an entrance, three objects on a mantel or pairs of sconces on a wall are pleasant to us without our actually thinking about it.
- Declutter. Sometimes satisfaction can come from learning to get rid of things. It took us a move from one house to another to remember what we had. We are so used to acquiring things that undoubtedly most rooms today have too much furniture and junk.
- Try color. Paint does not have to be fire-engine red to have impact. If you are wary of making a mistake, it is almost foolproof to try paint one focal wall–just one. You will be surprised at the effect that can be achieved.
- Think about details. Nailhead trim on a headboard, new lampshades, or ribbon added to pillows. These types of trims and design work make things look “finished” and more high-end.
- Study your storage. If you want to have things, make sure they are accessible as well as beautiful so you use them. Don’t save silverware or china or good linens just for guests. Closets filled with treasures can be holes to nowhere–where objects languish. I know that lesson myself as in the process of moving, I am discovering things I had put away and foolishly neglected to use. Besides, it just makes sense, if you don’t love it, get rid of it.