August 12, 2013
Getting rid of dated window coverings and reupholstering furniture are two ways to rejuvenate a room. But working around home design features like the sophisticated but durable wood floors in Anderson's Brevard collection can also set the tone for a makeover.
Home decorators can follow the lead of interior designer Donna Hoffman who likes to "deconstruct" an existing color palette rather than changing it altogether. If blue no longer works as the main color in a room design, it can become the accent hue instead. Flipping main and secondary colors in a room allows homeowners to retain major furnishings that go with them.
Once a new accent color is chosen, it's time to neutralize the room by taking out other strong colors that will compete with it. Remove all the area rugs, throw pillows, accessories and dated wallpapers - anything that is too reminiscent of the old color palette.
"Keep only the 'new' accent color, letting everything else go neutral," Hoffman said. "By project's end, you'll be left with an accent color that gorgeously pops amidst a new palette of neutrals."
Transforming the sofa
Since the sofa is the biggest piece of furniture in most living rooms, dens and family rooms, homeowners have to consider its colors carefully. If they take the plunge with a bold solid or a patterned sofa covering, it can be toned down with neutral pillows. If the upholstery is worn or the sofa has an outdated couch silhouette, slipcovers may be needed to create a new presence.
When buying a new sofa, solid colors and classic design lines will stay in style longest. But if a new couch isn't in the budget, reupholstering cushions, reworking an outdated couch silhouette or adding slipcovers can create a new presence for the most prominent furnishing in the room.
Home Beautiful magazine suggested tackling the easiest quick-change of them all. Invest in new throw pillows to reinvigorate a room design. They are among the most inexpensive elements in a room, but they are highly visible and useful as well.
Older upholstered furniture, in particular, will benefit from neutral-colored accent pillows in different shapes and sizes.
Hoffman encouraged people to get rid of window treatments that look dated and replace them with simple, classic styles that go with many furniture styles. Making a window a focal point in a room is easy considering the number of treatments available from traditional wooden blinds to stylish roman shades.