Following up from yesterday’s post, where do you start if your style is changing but a complete overhaul isn’t an option? Here is some practical advice and a few steps you can take now to change up your home:
Take inventory. How much of what’s in your house is there because you truly love it? What drives you crazy every time you look at it? What’s been handed down with no sentimental value whatsoever?
Remove road blocks. If you feel like you have to work around a certain fabric or piece of furniture, it may be worth donating (or recovering) so that you can move forward with creating a room you really like.
Strip away the excess. Get back to the basics by removing all of your accessories from the room. Box them up, take down your curtains and look around. Live with it for a few days. Only bring back out what you really like instead of just placing something because that’s where it’s always been.
Start fresh with paint. Sometimes, neutralizing your wall color can give you room to think. Consider white or neutral walls (even temporarily) to give you a fresh perspective on the space. I wrote more about that here.
Replace what’s on your walls if it doesn’t make you happy. Adding artwork to your house doesn’t to be expensive (one example), and what hangs on your walls can really create a whole new mood for your room. (If you need ideas for placement, you can find my tips here.)
If you’re going to make an investment. . . New furniture may not be in the budget, but if it is, I would put my money into one or two classic pieces. A well-built sofa with clean lines is a good example. (I still haven’t gotten there yet. Our $150 Craigslist couch is hanging on!) A dining room table is another. If you have a few anchor pieces that will stand the test of time, you can always change up the other things in the room (dining chairs, pillows, curtains, accent tables, etc.) around them.
Break up sets. If replacing what you have isn’t an option, you can still move things around or just break up matching sets for a new look. A bedroom “suite” doesn’t have to all stay in the same room. Change up your dining room by just replacing the chairs and fabric. (I did this in our last house with the help of Craigslist.)
Don’t box yourself in. You don’t have to identify your new “style.” I still have no idea what my style is, and I’m not really that concerned. I always think it’s better to buy what you like instead of what you feel like you need to create a certain look. Go window shopping and see what makes you excited about decorating.
Slow down. You’re not in a race. Decorating can (and maybe should) be a gradual process. Instead of just “doing a makeover,” think about creating the feeling of home for you.
And, remember. . .Life’s too short to hate your house. Sometimes, I wish I had made this my blog tag line. It’s really true. You may not love everything about your home, but you can do a lot of things that will make you feel a lot better about it. Ultimately, you only have so long to live in your house so you might as well enjoy it while you do. “Risky” decorating choices aren’t really all that scary when you think of it in the long scheme of things.