lessons in design: 4 easy ways to renew your home’s look
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by {darlene}

Things feel fresh in the New Year. It is time to make changes, and certainly, a time to stay hopeful.

The same feelings apply to our environments. The New Year strikes, and we are ready to renew our homes. Ready to have hope in our spaces again.

Fortunately, there are several easy ways to to renew your home’s look without much cost, or even commitment to an overall design plan.

4 easy ways to renew your homes look by Fieldstone Hill Design

1. Pillows

But of course.

Pillows are the single-most, easiest way to add change to our homes. Want more color? Want more pattern? Want less? Need to tie your colors together? With the toss of a pillow, you can alter the outlook of your space.

And, with pillows, there is very little commitment. So go out on a limb and try something new.

Here, two bright pillows add brilliant life and a touch of pattern to this calm space:

4 Ways to Renew your Home {via Country Living}

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Here, soft coral pillows are used to tie other coral room-elements together, making the space cohesive:

four ways to renew your home

{design by Tobi Fairley}

2. Throw rugs

Throw rugs are a great way to liven a room. Smaller rugs {6×9 and lower} are fantastic additions to a bare floor, but have you ever considered adding a throw rug on top of wall-to-wall carpeting? Or how about adding a smaller rug atop a large rug.

With this layering trick, you can add color and style to your space. And although rugs can be pricy, smaller rugs are significantly less expensive, and they can be used to revitalize an old rug or beautify a space without the cost of a complete flooring change.

In this space below, a navy stripe throw rug is added to a larger natural-fiber rug. The navy rug adds pattern, color and vitality to the room:  4 ways to renew your home

{via Urban Grace}

3. Flowers/ Plants

 There is absolutely nothing complicated about this next tip.

Simply put: Rooms with plants and flowers are simply made more beautiful. So add them!

More plant thoughts: Find a green plant that you can keep alive {my favorite is asparagus fern}, and keep your eyes open for flower discounts at your local market or grocery store.

For flowers that mimic designer looks, simply purchase two bunches of only one type of flower, trim their stems quite short, and bunch them together in a vase with a narrow mouth. Voila.

4 ways to renew your home

{via Hooked on Houses and Architectural Digest}

4. Edit!

I cannot say enough about the impact of this decorating concept.

I have an expression I say a lot. Maybe it is a little bit sassy, but – oh my – it is true:

“You can’t have a beautiful space if it is filled with junk;” quoth Darlene Weir. {<- Tweet this!}

Now, don’t get me wrong. The opposite of junk is NOT expensive stuff. The opposite of junk is useful, simple belongings that are pleasing to your eye. It is time to get rid of the clutter that stuffs your mind and causes you to dust. The time is now!

Need more motivation?

Find out the #1 Tip for Organizing your space, and read my top 10 organizing tips.

4 ways to renew your home  {via Traditional Home}

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Which of these tips are you going to try in your home?

Which of these have you already tried, and how has it renewed your home?





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