Saturday, January 7, 2012

4 ways to "freshen" up a room!

Since the New Year is here and you're probably without your holiday decor... does your home seem a little drab or even boring?  Take this opportunity to start with a blank slate and make a few simple and inexpensive changes to freshen your home in 2012.

Here are my top 4 suggestions for simple changes with high impact!

Paint - A room can be painted in a day and is an inexpensive DIY project.  Color can transform any room in your home.  For 2012, Benjamin Moore Paints say their palette choices takes a soft, calming and safe approach to color trends.  Their top pick for 2012 is Wythe Blue, a blue green hue with a cool gray cast to it.

See Wythe Blue in action at House of Turquoise.  Love this color!!

Benjamin Moore said the hue’s appeal is due in part to its calming quality, referencing its ability to create a “comfortable and stable ambiance -- an antidote to the frenetic pace of today’s daily life.” Other color picks for 2012 include steely blues, soft and dreamy grays, soft neutrals, spicy tones like Persimmon and warm earth tones.  Benjamin Moore structured their choices into four select color groups—Eclectic Elegance, Earth & Sky, Sense & Sensibility, and Spiced Life in Color Trends-2012.

Pillows - Adding a few new pillows to a room can bring new pattern, interesting texture and color to your space.  Retailers like Target, Home Goods, West Elm, Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel have a lot of choices to fit any style at reasonable prices.  Check out these fun options from Target!

Can't find what you are looking for?  Get some fabric (cloth napkins will do as well) and make your own.  There are several easy no-sew tutorials on the web.  Check out this one or Google no-sew pillows for more options.

Accessories - Pick out a few new accessories and re-arrange the ones you have.  For instance, take a look at any of your "flat" services like a coffee table.  Have a lot of metals and shiny stuff - add contrast with a rattan tray or wooden box.   This Rattan Tray from World Market is $19.99.  Use the tray to house the remotes, a decorative bowl, coasters or a small plant.

Have a little too much of the "natural" look going on - add a pop of something different like a modern silver frame or bowl or contemporary art/photography book.   I love this small bowl from Crate & Barrel for $19.95 - shine and color all in one.
Take it one step further and rearrange your accessories.  Try taking everything down from a few areas and use the accessories in a new place or in a new way.  Maybe a decorative bowl previously sitting on a side table, now holds antique keys or decorative moss balls on a console table.

Wall Art - Add some art!  This can be a fun and crafty project.  Find a calendar that has great pictures - think landscapes or travel.  Mat and frame yourself.  Mod Podge craft paper, fabric or family photos onto canvas {there are several projects on Pinterest using this method}.  Find some great art in used books of botanticals or birds.  Check out a discount store like Half-priced books.  Use maps or atlases.   Love how the colors in this map are brought out through the pillows, chairs and vases.

Use interesting objects to create a wall installation - like various small mirrors, antique plates, a collection of crosses or family photos {see more about a gallery installation in a previous post of mine}.  Great art doesn't have to be expensive - check out places like Pier 1, Target, Home Goods, World Market and other major retailers for great selections. 

Take a little time to try one of these ideas to spruce up your home for the New Year!

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