Very few of us ever feel like our homes are done — even those who’ve hired an interior designer. And even then, it’s easy to tire of that look you once loved. Thankfully, giving your home a little refresh, or even a dramatic transformation, can be as simple as changing one element in the space. Which element, you ask? Well, that’s up to you. Read on to learn about the most transformative changes to any room.
If your space feels cluttered with chairs, replace a sofa and a couple of armchairs with a sectional; it can make your room feel dramatically bigger and more streamlined.
A few yards of patterned fabric can give an antique settee a youthful, modern look.
▪ Upholstery: We wouldn’t recommend reupholstering just any old chair, but if you have a piece you love that looks out of place or has a little too much wear and tear, a new fabric might be the perfect finishing touch. A few yards of patterned fabric can give an antique settee a youthful, modern look. A purple velvet slipcover for an armchair can be the perfect burst of color in a neutral space. And tasseled trim on a sofa can instill just the right amount of formality.
▪ Rugs: It’s so easy to go so wrong with a rug. One of the biggest mistakes we see is a rug that’s too small for a space or that’s improperly placed. Upgrading to a larger size can make your room feel dramatically more expansive, and making sure it’s placed under the legs of your furniture will give it a clean, centered look. You can also get playful with rugs. Layering rugs on top of each other is a fun way to introduce pattern and dimension. Can’t afford a large-scale rug? Purchase two smaller ones and set them side by side, or even on an angle for an element of surprise.
Every room should have three sources of light: ambient lighting, task lighting and accent lighting.
▪ Lighting: Every room should have three sources of light: ambient lighting, task lighting and accent lighting. Make sure you’ve checked those boxes so that, functionally, your rooms are set up for success. Beyond that, lighting can be one of the most gorgeous statements in a room. We always love a dining room with an oversize chandelier as a focal point. A crystal chandelier can create a layer of luxury in practically any space. And a pair of architectural sconces in an entry can say welcome in the chicest way.