Trends and changes in personal taste influence the way we see our homes. Even if you love what you have, eventually, things wear out or become out-dated and need to be replaced. So, it’s safe to say your home is constantly evolving. We like to think it will be done at some point. In reality however, like the seasons, our homes are always changing.
We had the pleasure of finishing some updates for a client this week whom we’ve worked with several times over the past few years. As they’ve lived and grown in their home, things have gradually been replaced. After buying new occasional tables for the living room and a new dining set, this Lake in the Hills, Illinois family wanted our help putting the finishing touches on their refurnished spaces. They wanted to make sure the new additions flow and work together with their existing decor. They also wanted to update a few things in the kitchen and family rooms we’d redesigned a few years back.
As I told them, while new furniture is always nice, the details are really what bring the new furnishings and spaces to life. After discussing wants, needs and budget, we decided we’d get the biggest bang by adding new window treatments & hardware, lighting, artwork and accessories.
Window treatments are probably the single most overlooked and under played decorative element in the homes we visit. Replacing the previous panels with new, extra-long 108″ panels (even in neutral cream and taupe) added more height and drama to every room.
Updated wrought iron lamps in the family room were added to match the scale of the existing sofa. We repurposed the previous living room lamps on the newly painted and updated sideboard in the dining room.
An area rug, previously purchased by our clients, gave us cues for a new and slightly updated color palette. Pulling terra cotta red and dusty blue from the rug into the decor, we added new pillows, throws and the dining room window panels. Existing artwork and mirrors were repositioned adding a few new pieces for a change. New accessories and greenery also helped bring life to the spaces.
The updated results helped make these least-used rooms feel more warm, cozy and inviting.
As you can see from the next few photos of the home’s family room, even the simplest updates can change a space and make it feel new again. We introduced new stationary panels to soften the windows blinds. We added new artwork over the fireplace. A few new throw pillows were added on the sofa carrying our living & dining room colors into this space. Finally, we reworked a few accessories.
Instead of finished and done, your home’s decor is always changing. Whether it’s new furniture, kitchen cabinets or a new rug, something will prompt a change in your decor. As it often does, one thing usually leads to another. Before you know it, your home has evolved. So embrace change. Enjoy exploring the many different personalities and seasons your rooms can have. Making a house feel like home is a labor of love that lasts a life time.
Happy Decorating from Decor Designs. 815-245-2433