Here are a few basic tips in home design to give your home a much needed refresh.
The first step, before you do anything fun or colorful is to check the traffic patterns in your home. Make sure that your home is working. Are family members constantly bumping into eachother – literally? Are the kid’s beds in the way of the closet? Do you have too much action and toys going on in the living room? Sometimes by eliminating a piece of furniture or by a little rearranging of furniture, your home can be much more user-friendly. Make a list of the traffic problems in your home. Then make a list of furniture that’s not as useful to you anymore. Be bold and see if there are changes you can make in your home for the better
Once you fixed up your traffic patterns, take a look at your walls. With everyone home because of corona, I don’t think it’s the ideal time to paint now, but if for some reason your family situation can handle a paint job – freshly painted walls make a big difference in the feel of the home.
For now we will stick with wall décor. Here are some ideas great for right now – create a collage of pictures and frame it. Or send the digital file to the picture store or a graphic designer to create a more professional looking collage. Personally I recently did this for my son’s bar mitzvah and created a collage just on word! No fancy programs! Then I had the printer print it for me on a kappa board. You can also print on canvas. Take this time at home to finally acknowledge the pictures of a recent family simcha or vacation you took together and get it on the wall.
Another idea is to simply reframe or create a new arrangement of the pictures you currently own. As a general rule , hang your artwork so that the center point of the piece or grouping is at eye level. Choose smaller pieces for narrow walls and larger pieces or picture arrangements for bigger walls.
Would you like to add a pop of color to your home? Pick a color that makes you happy and of course which coordinates with the colors currently in the room . Put this fun color in at least 3 places in the room. So for example if you want to brighten up a bedroom with the color eggplant purple- you could purchase a new set of linens with that color, a plant with purple as the dominant color either as the flower, or the vase and then something for the wall like a picture or a clock with the color eggplant purple.
Want to make some more serious homestyling changes in your home? Contact me to schedule a space design or homestyling appointment.