A new year. A new perspective. A new look.
Spend the dull days of January and February walking through each room of your home, taking stock of each piece of furniture, each rug, each lamp. What color are the walls? What do you love, really love? What can you live without?
Be honest. Be critical. After all, this is your home, your sanctuary — and you want it to look, and feel, its best. As you evaluate each room, consider simple changes that can make a big difference. Look at the decorating trends, and incorporate the things you love.
Here are some of the trends we like:
— Reuse, repurpose, recycle. Add a piece of iron — in a lamp base, for example — to your decor to incorporate the industrial look. An antique armoire finds new life as it houses your TV or displays your china.
— Celebrate nature with framed botanicals, bird prints, and natural fibers.
— Add European romance with carved furniture and distressed finishes.
— When displaying art, think big. Use one large piece or a grouping of many smaller ones, using black-and-white photography or drawings, or colorful modern art.
— Lighten up. Add a piece of bleached furniture. Try a metallic finish on a piece to give it pizazz.
— Use grays and other neutrals as your decorating base. Add a pop of color with textiles — yellow, indigo, grass green, or orange — either in textured solids or oversized prints.
Remember, do not skimp on any room. Give each one equal attention. After all, this is your sanctuary.
NOTE: The photos shown here simply offer an example of how you can combine fabrics and wallpapers in complementary colors to create a balanced and beautiful room.