I often tell clients to style their homes with versatility in mind, because no one wants to make an investment that doesn’t last. But keep in mind that if you redecorate your home during a particular season, you’re likely to be influenced by it’s colors. For example, let’s say you decide to redecorate during Fall, you will often choose fabrics, colors and accessories that are warm in color, and heavy in context. If you redecorate in the Spring or Summer, most often you will choose fabrics that are light and bright, with colors that are cool and calming. We are influenced by the current season and what’s on the shelves.
This is perfectly natural. We are attracted to the things that bring us the most comfort. So when it is 20 degrees outside, and we are redecorating, we have a tendency to be drawn to warm colors of burnt orange, warm sage greens, and deep reds. And when it is 90 degrees with 80% humidity we will gravitate towards colors of soft aqua blue, mint green, pink, and white because it feels refreshing.
So what can you do to update your home in a flash and avoid mistakes? Small changes make big impacts, and always keep versatility in mind.
How to effortlessly update your interiors
Change out dark lampshades, of brown or black, to crisp white, or cream. This makes the room feel brighter, and larger, instantly making it seem like you’ve done more than just change out the shades. Choose lamp shades without boning or ribbing to keep them more casual, and less fussy. Changing shades is a great way to shift energy in your home.
2) Try to be flexible
Always design with flexibility in mind. Whether you do your purchasing in the Spring or Fall there are things that can be thought of ahead of time, for the upcoming season. For instance, when you purchase a sofa, or a chair, find out if it is available in a slipcover. If it is, you can have two looks for the price of one!
3) Go Custom
Make custom draperies reversible. This allows versatility for the seasons, and they can easily be switched around for a fresh new look that blends gracefully into the upcoming summer season. Many clients don’t want to invest in draperies, but this more than pays for themselves to have this option.
4) Adaptable dining furniture
If you have an open floor plan in your home, can the dining chairs become a part of the family room seating? If so, do you typically entertain more in the Fall or in the Spring? Choose dining chairs that work for the season you entertain in the most. If you do more entertaining in the Spring and Summer then purchase chairs that are light and bright.
5) Adaptable ottomans
How about ottomans? They are the easiest piece of furniture to move around. Throw a super fun fabric on them to instantly bring a pop to any room! They add additional sitting, create a quick drink table and spice things up with fun fabric.
Updating your home can be easy. With the help of adding a few key pieces your room can be transformed in a matter of minutes.
Additional accessories for updating a room:
1) Colorful toss pillows (preferably with down inserts)
2) Add a lightweight throw in a crisp or fun hue.
3) Scented candles in fresh scents of jasmine, cilantro, lemonwood, or gardenia
4) Colorful artwork in blues, whites, greens, pinks, and orange
5) Fresh plants such as succulents, orchids, or wheat grass
6) And flip those reversible draperies over