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By Ann Moore-Spencer
Does your home need updating? You don't have a tonne of
money to spend? Pick your project and beautify your space.
1: CLEAN AND DE-CLUTTER
Yes. I am serious. A clutter of dirty old stuff can seriously date
the space. Purge dated items, review your collections and dis-
pose of items not used in a year. Too many knick knacks leave
the room feeling cluttered and chaotic. I am sure you may love
every piece... or do you? Edit your collection. Can't seem to
make a choice --- try rotating the pieces. Select a few pillows
for the sofa, put the others away. Bring them out at another
time, holiday or occasion. This can help to refresh your
décor. Edit the furniture in the room. If you hold large par-
ties, do not try to have seating for all guests every day. In-
stead, have enough for your everyday needs and use
multipurpose furniture to reduce the number of pieces in
the room. For instance, an ottoman can be used for storage,
a footrest, or a coffee or end table.
2: CHANGE COLOUR SCHEME
If your colours are dated, new colours can breathe new life into
the space. Get a totally new colour scheme or revamp the ex-
isting scheme by changing 1 or 2 secondary colours. Use 3
colours in your colour scheme --- the main colour, secondary
colour and accent colour. For that accent wall to feel one
with the space, you should repeat that colour 2 more times
in the space. So look for opportunities for repeating the
colour with accessories such as accent chairs, lamps, vases,
etc. Experiment with colours that are new to you. If you have
been living in a vanilla house for years, it is time to step out
of your comfort zone. A little colour will make your room
seem like a new place and a decorated space. If you are not
confident in combining colours, use predefined colour
schemes suggested by paint manufacturers, or use some
patterned fabric as inspiration.
Painting has always been the most successful ways of over-
hauling a tired décor. Remember to use matte finishes for im-
perfect walls. Glossy finishes highlight flaws. Paint doors. This
will work for both external and interior doors. Try something
different and fresh.
4: CABINET HARDWARE
Change out the hardware on cabinets. Consider replacing
knobs with handles. Do not neglect to also replace the hinges.
Buy the best you can afford.
5: REFINISH CABINETS AND COUNTERTOPS
Are your cabinets in a dated finish or stain? Do you still have
Formica cabinets and countertops? Time for a fresh coat of
stain or a totally different colour. Stain the cabinets darker or
paint them white, for instance. Consider upgrading the coun-
tertops to granite or quartz, for example.
Are your rugs tired and worn? Time for new rugs. Worn and
dirty rugs and carpets age a space. All floors look naked and
unfinished without rugs. Just by refreshing your floor cover-
ings your space can have a new lease on life.
7: REUPHOLSTER FURNISHINGS
Dirty and tired upholstery can be changed. Select fabrics that
work with your new colour story. If your upholstered piece has
many buttons, for instance, you can simplify and update the
design and use fewer buttons.
8: WALL ART
Look at your walls. If you have many small pieces of artwork,
ensure that they fit into your new décor and group them to-
gether so that they form one cohesive piece. Change the
frames to ones with similar colours so that the pieces look like
they belong together. Alternately, replace the artwork with
ones that are larger and more impactful. Art over your sofa
should be about two-thirds to three quarters the width of the
sofa. Hang the art about 6 to 8 inches above the sofa. In your
wall display, hang photos with 2 to 2 ½ inches spaces between
each painting or photo.
9: REVISE LAYOUT
Even though you have a small space the furniture does not
have to be pushed against the wall. Your living room can look
like a dance floor. Seating too far apart is uninviting and cold.
Bring the seating closer so you will not have to shout across
the room to have a conversation. Measure the furniture and
determine the placement that best suits how the room is to
function. That includes your great-aunt's sofa and the treadmill
behind the sofa. Have one primary focal point.
10: CURB APPEAL
Pump up your curb appeal. Clear out straggly bushes, repair
and paint the fence, weed the lawn, power wash the walk-
ways, put in new plants, and repair the hard scape. Place new
house numbers on your fence and/or wall. These are just 10
ways to update your décor without feeling like you are putting
lipstick on a pig. Try a few today.
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