Do you have pieces in your home that you are tired of? Or maybe, you have pieces that you do not want to part with, but they need an update because they are weighing down your rooms. You are not alone. We have many projects where we are tasked with giving new life to existing furnishings. To be completely honest, not every piece can be reused, but most of the time we can work some magic!
In this post, we are going to explore three examples of how to update pieces you have been struggling with in your home.
Update One: Move it
Sometimes, we can look at a piece in the same place for years and just plain get tired of the view. Try moving the item to another location in the room, or a different room altogether.
In the room below, our clients main goal was to freshen up the dated look of their traditional decor. They really loved the art in their dining room, but when you mixed it with all the heavily traditional elements around it, it looked old fashioned and tired. Plus, the wall it was on was too big. It’s current location just was not doing it any favors.
The solution was to move it to the living room that flowed off of the dining room. We placed it on a smaller wall where it would have more dramatic impact and surrounded it with furnishings that had cleaners lines and a more transitional color palette. It is much happier in its new home.
Update Two: Refresh
Maybe your piece needs a facelift or a refresh. The lines could be amazing, but the finish or the fabric could be weighing it down. See the chair below. It is actually a really well made piece with gorgeous lines and carving. But, it looks like your grandmother’s chair because of the very unfortunate fabric it was upholstered in!
Now look at her; she’s the bell of the ball! All she needed was a change of wardrobe, and also a change of location. We took off the heavy red and replaced it with a silver blue silk paisley on the front and a creamy velvet on the back and sides. Now, her pretty lines shine through!
Update Three: Embrace It
What if you have a piece that really can’t be moved or work anywhere else. And changing the color can’t be done, or really doesn’t make sense to do so. Take the image below for example. Our clients invested money in their family room rug; it was really good quality. And the russet lounge chair was the most comfortable chair in the house and had to stay. Neither piece worked in any other room in the house so we built the new family room around them.
We decided to embrace them for what they were instead of trying to fight them. We found a #kravet drapery fabric that blended perfectly with the rug, so it pulled the russet and floral pattern around the room to ground it and pull it all together.
Next, we got rid of the rest of the reddish brown furniture in the room and, we painted it a more neutral gray to soften the shell of the room. We chose clean lines and a neutral palette with lots of texture to balance out the rich russet. Now, the rug and chair look brand new and the effect is a cozy space you never want to leave!
So, if you have a piece that you have been trying to figure out if it’s worth saving, try one these ideas. It could be the solution you have been looking for! Or maybe you need a fresh set of eyes to tell you what exactly the right remedy is because you are overwhelmed and confused. We have 2 hour design consultations that could be answer to your design dilemma.
Good luck and here’s creating a home hugs, one room at a time!