May 24, 2024


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Design Recipes: Refresh your home

An affordable indoor/outdoor rug adds graphic interest to this living room space.

Looking for ways to give your home a new look in the new year? Start with quick, easy, refreshing techniques that won’t break the bank. Whether you are looking to redo an entire room or elevate certain areas of your space, here are some great tricks of the trade to help get you started.

◘ Paint. Nothing refreshes a space or can give it a new look more quickly, easily and less expensively than paint.

◘ Reupholster or slipcover. No need to toss the sofa or chair that may have started to look a bit worn around the edges. Instead have it reupholstered, or add a slipcover.

◘ Refinish. Love a great flea-market find? Why not take an old piece and repurpose or refinish it?

A new ceiling pendant adds a dramatic focal point to this dining space.

 ◘ Add a chandelier or ceiling pendant. In rooms that are heavily used or may not get much light, adding a ceiling fixture can help give an instant focal point and lift.

◘ Swap out or add a new rug. Not sure what to choose? Why not consider a nontraditional alternative such as shag or even an indoor/outdoor rug with a bold graphic print.

Accessories can serve as the perfect element of portable design in a space.

◘ Consider swapping in portable design options such as accessories, toss pillows and throws. These items can add new color and texture to a space that can easily be used to give a room an affordable face-lift.

Sheepskin, shag and hide rugs can serve as an alternative to traditional area rugs.

◘ Consider textured material such as faux fur and hides.

Mirrors hung vertically in this dining space help add light and create the illusion of an additional set of windows.

◘ Bring in mirrors. Mirrors can help make small rooms look larger and reflect light differently in a space.

◘ Go homemade. What would be more special than making something yourself?

◘ Shop your house. Instead of bringing anything new into your home, consider moving an item to a different room or finally framing that piece of art that has been collecting dust in the garage.