How to Refresh Your Decor!

October 29, 2019

Every now and then we all need to hit REFRESH on our interior décor! You don’t have to hire a designer to rejuvenate your living spaces – you can scan, scope and steal invigorating ideas from the experts, right here!

Pull it Off with Paint

Why spend big bucks on a fancy-schmancy headboard when you can paint the geometric equivalent and get a super-stylish faux headboard that might cost you $20 or less? Here’s a variation on the painted headboard theme from Paper & Stitch. All you need is a little paint and painter’s tape, and you can make the magic happen in an hour or two. 

Brittani at Paper & Stitch is all about transformation by paint. Check out these paint abstractions that mirror designs in rugs to achieve a logical balance. These distinctive paint treatments use cool color combos, unexpected placement and unique shapes that feel trendy and modern but take a measure of bravado to pull off!

Check out this Modsy blog as the wall color paint changes – almost too quickly! – from cream and steel grey-blue to warm brown, brick, gold and green. Watch as the background wall color makes the artwork pop, and while the somewhat neutral rugs work with every color. There are definitely TWO that dovetail better than the rest. All that to say, consider painting your walls to reinvigorate your space. It’s one of the easiest and least expensive ways to give a living room an instant (okay, more like in-a-weekend) makeover!

Greenery: Living and Silk

Adding greenery, live and silk, to your surroundings can hit the refresh button on any room. Once you find the perfect spot, your room will look naked without it! We like the idea of no-watering-no-weeding, so turned to the no-fuss variety of plants and trees. The ficus variety at Hobby Lobby range from $40 to $100, and when artfully placed in a corner (with mini-LED lights threaded throughout the branches) can give your room a pop of color and illumination! Or this idea from The Spruce: pussy willow stems – real cuttings or artificial silk — like these from Petals or GandG Distributors, which can enhance a bedroom, bathroom, living room or den. 

Wayfair has variegated ficus trees, and you’ll find cherry blossoms and silk orchids there, as well. To create your own arrangements, check out the branches at Hobby Lobby —  everything from pussy willows, ficus to Lamb’s Ear sprays and eucalyptus mixes. The Aurora store is at 14400 E. Alameda.

You can work in plant/tree/floral fabric by changing out your throw pillows. Talk about instant gratification! New shapes, sizes, colors and patterns will make your room look different and won’t cost you a month’s wages, like buying a new couch might! Or take the advice of the sages at Country Living and switch out a lampshade or two.

Home Edit suggests hanging plates on a wall for a quick and inexpensive refresh in a dining room. There are so many varieties and colors, you can start collecting now for a redo later. Large dramatic plates work best in the center and it’s a good idea to arrange them on the floor or another flat surface before you mount them on the wall – to get the balance right.

How About That Hardware?!

In the kitchen and bathrooms, changing out hardware can make a subtle, but noticeable difference. Sassy Townhouse Living opted for opulent over subtle with these verdigris knobs and drawer pulls. And as HGTV instructs (who’s guilty of this one?) lose the refrigerator magnets!

The designers at DécorAid say to find something high shine and put it front and center, whether it’s a metallic vase, embellished pillows or throws – anything that looks grown-up and opulent. And when it comes to high shine extras, you can never have enough and just like a mirror, they make your room look bigger, and yes, luxurious. 

Fabulous Artsy Finds

Whether it’s a whimsical animal portrait of a shaggy cow, a huge oversized framed painting that you prop against a wall, a textured vintage wall hanging, or a crazy quilt mounted and framed, art will make a room over faster than any other DIY scheme. Check out these seven different animal portraits (we like the Llama by Jennifer Myers from Pottery Barn), and while you’re trolling click here to see how House Beautiful showcased artwork UNDER an entryway console table. Two portraits leaning against the wall are an idea we haven’t seen ANYWHERE!

Interior Décor in Southshore

The designers in the master-planned community of Southshore are experts at helping you find fixtures and finishes that fit your style. Take a tour of the brand new homes from Century Communities, Richmond American Homes and Toll Brothers for a taste of Life at the Lake. These ranch and two-story designs are priced between the $400s and the $700s and are close to everything you might need – but away from it all!