Style Reboot: Step Up Your Home Decor With These Simple Fixes
When’s the last time you freshened your decor? While I believe the best in home design is timeless and the finest furnishings are forever, I advocate a “style reboot” every few years. Rebooting — rearranging and reaccessorizing (I’m not talking a full remodel here!) — helps us avoid accumulation and stagnation. It’s a cathartic, worthwhile endeavor, and one you might want to consider as we turn the corner on a new year.
Here are some ideas to kick-start your style reboot.
Who’s been framed?
Picture this: Every framed photograph in your home updated! Take some time to switch out the smiling faces you’ve displayed around the house. Sure, that photo of your daughter at the beach in her princess floaties is adorable, but she’s in eleventh grade now. More current images just may give your decor an energetic jolt. Likewise, a reconfiguration of how you display those images can be refreshing. And while you’ve got those frames in hand, be sure to make the glass in each one sparkle.
Let’s talk pillows.
Pillows are excellent for updating many spaces throughout your home. From the living room sofa to the master bedroom, decorative pillows are great ways to bring in contemporary patterns and current colors without over-committing to a trend or spending too much to stay stylish. While you’re switching out the accent pillows that spark your decor, invest in new pillows to rest your head, as well. (That’s a smart move for hygiene purposes, if it’s been a while.)
Don’t hardwire hardware.
Your home’s hardware — knobs, pulls and handles — shouldn’t be “hardwired” into your decorating. Popularity of finishes for these prominent pieces shifts approximately every four to six years, so consider a revamp if you want to rekindle your home’s “now” factor. Let go of the brass and grab hold of chrome; brush off the nickel and go with vintage pulls. Don’t limit this idea just to kitchen and bath drawers; you can pull off a whole new look for chests and bureaus, as well.
Fixate on fixtures.
That idea about hardware applies to light fixtures, as well. Each time home decor trends evolve, the fixtures in your home become that much more dated. Keep up with what’s out there now that could light up your life. Even if you just update the fixture in the entry way or change the globes over the bathroom mirror, you could really shed a whole new light on your style.
Edit or regret it.
Just like you need to clean out your clothes closet once a year to purge those “never-wears,” you also need to edit your home accessories. This process will help you purge pieces that no longer fit and may even inspire you to reintroduce items that you’d banished. Maybe you’re keeping fewer physical files these days? Retire the file cabinet! Not passionate about keeping up with photo albums? Give the empty ones to Goodwill. I recently reawakened a shelf display by boxing up what had been there for a few years and reinstating some items I had tucked away, giving some old favorites the decorative spotlight.
If your home design is feeling stale, rearrange the furniture. It’s amazing how furniture placement can transform a place. Don’t limit yourself to in-room rearrangement, either. Make that side table by the wingback chair your new nightstand, or use the sideboard as a dresser...whatever! You don’t have to buy new furnishings to renew your living spaces. Reboot your style by redefining the purpose of your favorite pieces.
What’s up with upholstery?
Uncover your renewed style by recovering your upholstered pieces. Yes, reupholstering furniture can be a sizable investment, but it’s often more affordable than going for something totally new. This may not just be a stylized move, either. The fact is, upholstery does wear out, and nothing says “drab” more than threadbare sofa cushions.
Inspired to restyle? Send your “before” and “after” style reboot photos to firstname.lastname@example.org, and you’ll be a shoe-in for the “Her Home” blog!