Another new year has crept upon us, and we immediately feel the need to start fresh. Whether you have personal goals to meet or just want to organize your home’s functionality, it all takes effort and time, which is worth it in the end. The biggest issue for many, including myself, is creating an updated space that really speaks to your own personal style.
Who doesn’t want to come home to a space they enjoy and love? This year, look to revamping your home to make a fresh new start. Of course, you may struggle with specific dilemmas; boring space, no storage, and lack of color. Whatever your obstacle, look no further. We’ve got solutions!
Dilemma #1 – No personal style
Believe it or not, everybody has their own personal style. How do you figure out your decorating style? Home decorating magazines are a great place to start, because they will instantly provoke feelings as you flip the pages and gaze at different room arrangements, concepts, and color combinations. As you find images you love, cut these out and start creating your own personal design board. You will slowly begin to see some similarities in images that you love.
Another option is to find an item or accessory in your home that you love and create a room or ideas around this item. If you have a piece of furniture, a painting, or an heirloom that you love, why not build your space around it? Get inspired by the colors and theme to help incorporate these into the space.
Dilemma #2 – Hate the wall color
Wall color is an inexpensive and fast way to update your living space. Choosing colors shouldn’t be difficult if you know what you don’t like. Most paint and home stores have loads of color choices and easy ways to sample colors that speak to you. My advice is to load up on paint swatches. You can never have enough!
Other trending options are wall murals or wallpaper. These have a more permanent presence on walls, but it’s up to your personal style. There are also stencils that can be used to paint specific designs on walls that could be easily painted over when you tire of the look. Either way you choose, you are guaranteed to have a transformed room.
Dilemma #3 – Not enough storage
When it comes to making more space for furniture and other accessories, you must do a bit of “spring cleaning” to remove some clutter and other eye sores. Start with a yard sale or donate items to your local Good Will. It’s one thing to make unique storage areas for items that you need, but it’s another to create storage for objects that serve no purpose.
This room is a great example of how to incorporate storage and style into one space. Using custom cabinets that can house extra items in a pretty way helps to alleviate the clutter. Storage ottomans, baskets, and open-wall cabinets are also easy ways to provide extra storage. Be creative!
Dilemma #4 – Not enough seating
I’ve seen homes that have plenty of open area to work with, but there is still a lack of seating and conversation area. It’s not how big or small your room is, it’s about furniture layout. The first start to a good seating area is to create a focal point in the room. You always want to create a focal area that draws the eye into the room.
Whether it’s an accent wall or fireplace, this will help set the stage on where to place chairs and other furniture pieces. As mid-century modern furniture is coming back in style, take advantage of the simple lines and small, streamlined size of these pieces, which are good for small spaces. Larger pieces of furniture can be utilized in small rooms, as well, it just may take a little more imagination. Another option would be to purchase light and pretty folding chairs that you can easily tuck away in a closet or garage. Either way, you want to be able to make a conversation area that is functional to your guests and family.
Dilemma #5 – Not sure how to accessorize
When you are finished with your basic room changes, you’ll want to add the final punch of color and personality to your space. One simple way is by layering. Start with throw pillows. Throw pillows can be the best way to add sparkle to your living area. Make sure to incorporate the colors of your room. This will help add balance and cohesiveness to the space. Don’t forget about texture. For example, the couch below has a beautiful velvet texture, which adds a luxurious look to the room. The bamboo shades and layered draperies gives the room depth.
These are the things that bring richness and interest to a space. Remember that accessories can be moved and changed at any time. I have walked into a room many times and rearranged specific lamps or vases because they didn’t sit well visually. That’s what is so great about decorating. There isn’t an exact science to it. As long as you love your space and feel comfortable and happy, you have accomplished what you set out to do.