It’s often hard to see your personal possessions in a new light, especially if you’ve owned the same pieces for several years – or even several decades! But if you’re trying to give your space a refresh, it’s often the mix of old and new pieces that give your home a unique look. So keep the old, and add a little new!
Start by experimenting with rearranging or reupholstering your furniture, re-hanging your art, or replacing your accessories. Sometimes all it takes to make a room feel updated is to rearrange the elements on which your eyes naturally focus.
Well-known interior designer Bunny Williams once said, “If you love something, it will work. That’s the only real rule.” This idea is so encouraging when it comes to decorating and re-decorating your space. It’s also freeing because it allows you to experiment in your designs, relying on your own intuition for what you like and what you think will work. For example, you can have confidence knowing that you really like a certain fabric and just need to experiment with the right room placement for it’s pattern and texture
There are many ways to experiment with interior design and to freshen up your home while in the process. Not only can you rearrange your spatial design using existing furnishings, but you can also reupholster furniture with good bones, replace your accessories with timeless yet updated options, and add color to your fabrications through custom pillows and window treatments.
Club Sally can provide you with endless options (and free samples!) of fabric, trimming, and wallpaper. We also have custom workrooms that can construct anything – pillows, drapery, bedding, etc. – and ship it directly to you. We’ll help you bring your designs to life from start to finish – using the same products that decorators use.
Before you start to freshen up your home, it’s a good idea to look back over the past few years and really get to the root of how you use each room. While your home should be a reflection of yourself and your personality, it should also be a functional place where you feel comfortable and are able to relax. By understanding the purpose of each room, you’ll be able to see the gaps in your design and start to slowly fill them.
If you enjoy relaxing in the living room, adding layers of pillows of different sizes will allow you to create a comfortable and inviting setting while still giving visual interest to your upholstery. Having custom pillows made means you are able choose several different patterns and fabrics that work with your existing furnishings, but they also can update the appearance of your space. Color on color or pattern on pattern is not a bad thing!
Another way to easily update your space is to reupholster worn down furniture. Not only will this lengthen the life of your upholstery, but it will also provide you with the opportunity to bring a fresh design element into your space. You can change the feel with new fabric, add texture with nail heads, create dimension with contrast cording, or experiment with a multitude of other interesting custom details. Recovering furniture that has good bones can really update the look and feel of timeless elements within your design.
Accessories and window treatments are two aspects in design that dramatically warm up a space. While window treatments are often a larger investment, adding new trimming to your existing treatments is a great way to change the look and add a custom element to your design. Accessories placed appropriately can add function and form to your room. An antique box where you hide your TV remote control and phone charger, or a custom lamp shade to add a pop of color against neutral walls are just two options of many that let you put your personal touch and style into your space.
Have confidence knowing that if you love it, it will work. It’s the unexpected surprises that make a space interesting, so don’t be afraid to experiment with an eclectic mix of old and new.