Have you ever felt as though the atmosphere in our home has become stagnant? Too often, once we’ve settled into our homes we begin to fall into routines. Always returning items to the same spot after dusting the mantel, folding that blanket over that same ottoman… We are creatures of habit after all.
Routine and sameness can be a great comfort to us, and who doesn’t want to feel comforted in our own home? But as time passes your decor can begin to feel, well, a little dull. Some of us may react to this by undergoing a full-blown renovation, but many times just refreshing your decor can do the trick.
If your interior has been feeling a little static lately, I have some tips for you! These are easy tasks and ideas one can complete in an afternoon, and will help bring some energy back into your home.
Before you do anything else, remove visual clutter. Even the tidiest of us need to declutter every so often. Without realizing it, over time we accumulate items and they never seem to find their way back to their home. Go through that pile of mail in your entryway, and put away all of those blankets you used this winter. Using baskets and drawers to hide keys, remotes, and garage door openers will help keep necessary items close by, yet out of sight.
Keep in mind that you can clutter a room with too many accessories as well. Removing some of your growing pillow or knick-knack collection will leave a room feeling less busy and crowded.
This is really proof that small things can make a difference. Updating hardware can have a bigger impact than you might expect. Whether you’re replacing knobs and pulls in a kitchen, or on your bedroom furniture, it will change the overall look of those items and give your eyes something new to fall on every time you walk into the room.
There is no more dramatic way to change the atmosphere of a room than to paint the walls. To ensure that your existing furniture will not look out of place, simply alter your current color scheme, working with the colors in your upholstery. If you feel indecisive about wall color, starting from scratch with a clean, bright white can be very inspiring.
When moving into a new space, many people often arrange their furniture against walls and move on. If it can be helped, try something new. It’s amazing how repositioning a couch and two chairs can completely transform a room.
As a rule of thumb, always avoid making the television the focal point of the room. Instead, position seating so they face each other, creating a natural area for conversation.
And lastly, move things around! Someone was telling me a story recently, about how their grandmother kept two books and a pair of glasses on a table in their entryway. They sat there for years, and years, only moved to be cleaned around. I suppose this is exactly what I mean when I say that the home can become stagnant.
Of course we want to fill our homes with things we love, and items that have been cherished by our families, but it doesn’t mean that they need to be assigned to one spot indefinitely. If you feel like rooms in your home need a change, bring items in from other areas of your home to decorate. Change the display on your mantle every few months. Do something that makes regular house guests wonder what to expect next time they’re over.
This was written by Domestic Design expert, Adrienne Breedlove. Be sure to visit her on her blog, ScribblyDoodles.com