Last Friday was the official first day of fall and we’ve already been enjoying cooler temps. If you’re like me, a change in season conjures up the desire for trying something new around the house. Sometimes I paint a room or rearrange the pictures. Soon it will be time to break out the holiday decorations but in the meantime I’m bored with my space. This got me thinking about a subject from a previous newsletter that I thought I’d share; it’s called ‘Interior Redesign’.
No matter how much we love our stuff, looking at the same arrangement of furniture and accessories can put us into a state of boredom with our home. Since replacing all our furnishings isn’t feasible for most of us, why not look at your home in a whole new way and redesign it with what you’ve got.
Interior redesign is based on the philosophy of using what you already own to redecorate your home. No matter what the style or age of your stuff, this is a fun way to re-work your space and beat the same-old-same-old you might be feeling. A friend (and client ~ her beautiful home is for sale in Mountain Park Ranch if you want to check it out on my website, 34th Way) of mine did this right before we listed last month and she really created a wow factor for showings.
First, start with a one-room make over; don’t take on the whole house. Begin by asking yourself how you want the room in question to function for your family and ideally how you’d like it to look and feel based on how you use it on an everyday basis. Maybe you have small children and host play dates or perhaps teens hang out at your home. Do you do more adult entertaining or maybe you work from home and have clients visit. It’s important to understand how that room is used and by what family members before getting started.
Now, look at the room and establish if it looks unbalanced. Is there more or larger furniture on one side of the room than another? It is all pushed up against the wall? Do the colors work in harmony or discord? Does the furniture arrangement invite in family and guests or block them from the room? Once you start looking at your space you’ll start to see these things and get a feel for how to change them. Sometimes you just need to start moving furniture around and experimenting. It’s like brainstorming; no idea is a bad idea. I like to ‘float’ furniture so it’s not all up against the wall but not every room is conducive to that idea. It just depends on the layout.
Once you’ve got the furniture where you like it, focus on the accessories. Walk around your house picking out different items like candles, photos, mood lamps, wall hangings & other stuff then sit them all in once place. After that, start working with them in your ‘new’ room, interchanging different pieces till a new arrangement feels right. You’ll be amazed at your re-vamped look, and all by working with what you’ve got! You’ll see that by moving things around you actually end up giving a new look to more than one room without feeling overwhelmed.
I’ve attached a before (the 1st photo) and after photo to give you a feel for redesign. I actually borrowed these from Deborah Goodacre here in the valley who specializes in affordable redesign services. I learned some of these tricks from her but if you get stuck doing it on your own she’s very affordable and has lots of happy clients. Let me know if you want her contact information and I’ll gladly pass it along!