Room Refresh. Quick and Short.
...guest blog author RMS
In this series we're looking at how to add (or take away) just a couple of items to make your room feel completely new. FRESH!
We’re starting this week on the living room. It’s the first place everyone wants to refresh and also the room most people see or hang out in.
These blog bursts are short, giving you quick ideas that you can implement in an evening or in a few hours before guests arrive.
Lamps, tables, rugs, lighting, throw pillows or blankets, décor, frames.
Do you want to refresh your room into a cool shade you’ve been eyeing lately?
Or do you have noooo idea where to start?
Either way it’s OKAY.
When you have the specific color in mind sometimes that makes it easier to shop but sometimes if you’re like me….it makes it harder because I run all over town until I find that item that is stuck in my head.
When you shop with no particular color in mind you tend to find the items first and from there you can make the rest work.
So let’s start with not knowing the color you want. What do you do?
Check out a few stores depending on your style… TJ Maxx? JCPenney? Hobby Lobby? At Home? Pier One…Pottery Barn…Target! There are so many stores to choose from. The Key is to start with the store you are most comfortable in and reflects your style or taste.
From there wander the aisles…and check out the color schemes they have already set up for you. Which catches your eye? Which is the direction you are wanting to go?
Then nab that color. Or maybe take a few pillows with you, of the colors you are contemplating, and keep wandering. As you wander... items will pop out at you that reflect the pillows you have under your arms. Throw them in your cart and keep going. You can always weed through and weed it out later.
Wading through RUGS is my favorite thing to do. I love the various styles and can instantly spot my home colors, or the color I need to brighten it all up. Sometimes I start there just because rugs have so many colors within the design I can always incorporate throws accordingly after I choose the rug. That seems to work for me but hey—you may find another way to put it all together. OR ! It might just find you. Does that happen? I know it does to me. I am at the register wondering how it all came together so well. Probably because most stores have design layouts that the experts created. Hahaha Well no matter, I still take credit for what I bring home and create. And you should too!
So for me, I chose purple. I wanted to make my living room feel more glam. I chose deep and darker purple for the rug and then I accented with pillows that 1. was a lighter purple 2. had a design with a grey in it. I could have bought so many more but only needed the 2. I changed out my cream throw with a dark berry purple.
At first the rug seems too simple. But it's not. It allows for the pillows and throws to have options and when you walk into this room the dark purple gives it a deep dark romantic feel that I was going for.
As you can see this throw is dark yet warm feeling.
And the pillows I added are here:
You have to imagine this on grey furniture and not this cream. Picture the throw and pillow next to each other and you have the idea.
And of course to add fun and frilly is SO me! Yet it goes together without looking stupid.
It ended up working great as my living room furniture is grey and the grey and purple looked fab together. The rug was cream as I was trying to be clean and neutral before so now the room is definitely darker which makes it feel richer, more elegant—which is what I was going for. Lastly I added a pendant drop light in a mid-corner of this room to lighten it up more than it was before. The grey blends with the rest of the new items, it's really the light when turned on that gives it the effect. And something about a light hanging....
I love it!
You can start with a rug. Or if you find a light you love start there. In your mind make sure you know you are only changing up to 3 things. So for me it was the throw pillows/blanket, the rug and a light.
If you are starting with a color that you just have to have? That’s great! Shop for the best 3 elements you can find in that color and swap them out for what you have now to REFRESH. You will be amazed at how just doing this can change your entire living room.
And remember, it is to be short, quick, easy and FUN. This is not a makeover. This is a refresh. Have fun with it.
Let us know below, what YOU did to refresh. Share with us that ONE thing that changed everything. We would love to learn from you!
Helpful rule: Limit yourself to the 3 elements to make it easy on yourself.