I think its a great idea to refresh your space every couple of months to bring a new perspective to your surroundings. I often get bored with my decor and change things up, its a great way to be creative and channel your mood of the moment.
The trouble is of course, that it costs way too much to chuck everything out and start anew, so I stick to some basic tips when redecorating our apartment to change things up without having to change the lot!
Oftentimes changing a space is about removing something from the equation rather than adding more. It could be as simple as rearranging and getting rid of a piece that can make the space new!
Apply Coco Chanel’s mantra to your home:
“Once you’ve dressed, and before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off”.Remove one thing from your space. Before you start shopping around for more things to make the space special, choose one thing to part with and donate it to Vinny’s. You will be surprised at how fresh the room feels already. I recently did this with a desk we barely use and it made a world of difference!
Change the setting;
Mix things up by rearranging. Tiny floor plans may not have the flexibility to handle too much rearrangement. On the bright side, living in a small space means there’s less furniture to move around, so you can try new things without investing too much sweat equity. And since everything counts in a small room, just moving a couple of chairs or re-arranging some knick knacks can make a big difference.
Update your Linens. This can update the vibe of a whole bedroom. The bed is the centrepiece to your room and the biggest piece of furniture in your house really, and the bedspread is essentially a large blank canvas for the painting. Choose a new style, colour or texture to add depth!
Add a breath of life:
I am by no means a green thumb, but I love my herb garden for the small slice of nature and vibrancy it brings to my kitchen. This is a cost effective way to add colour, scent and texture…it could be as simple as a potted flower or succulent!
Recycle fabrics and textiles. I am a bit of a hoarder and collect fabrics. A good way to do this is with your drapes. Change out old heavy drapes and use a brighter colour, pattern (my favourite of the moment is chevron) or even a airy organza for a fresh new feel to your room.
Mirror, mirror on the wall:
Mirrors are everything in adding depth and room to your home. A well placed mirror can also help draw natural light into the home which is far more ideal than leaving the light switches home.
Give life to old pieces:
Reuse old furniture items, or go nab a bargain at Vinny’s for a little upcycling. You could repaint an old coffee table, reupholster a tired arm chair or use an old frame for a new piece of artwork, adding history and authenticity to your home. Plus its a penny pincher!