Autumn started officially two days ago but it was 90 degrees in Marin County, CA today and it rather felt like summer. So I don’t know about you, but I am not quite ready yet to decorate my home with the seasonal pumpkins and dry foliage (although I have to confess I did get a small white pumpkin for my desk.) If you are like me and have not switched your decor from summer to fall, but would like to make some simple, yet very dramatic changes, here are five easy ways to transform your home decor right now.
Start with small steps or dive right in. Trial and error is the best way to learn your true taste and what works in your home. Remember, it’s not the end of the world if you make a mistake, especially if you leverage that mistake into a learning experience.
- ADD A BOLD PIECE OF ART:
By bold I mean a piece of art that is very large, or very colorful, or unusual or surprising: for example a blown up photograph, as in the Marilyn Monroe photo below which adds a hint of sexiness to this bathroom. It can also be a piece of art that is different from the main theme of the room. If you have antiques in the room, add a very modern, contemporary piece of art or vice versa, if your interior is very contemporary, add a more traditional painting. Mixing antique and modern adds a lot of interest to a room when done well. For examples and inspiration, visit my Bold Art Pinterest Board.
Photo from InteriorDesign.net
2. ADD A SPLASH OF COLOR TO CHANGE THE MOOD OF THE ROOM:
Paint a wall bright pink and add a chair in the same color to transform a home office, as in the picture below. Get a bright yellow couch, or just bright yellow (or orange, or red or blue…) pillows for your couch. Change your bed linens, and/or bath towels and go with a bold color. It will brighten the room. Take small steps if you are not sure you are ready for a lot more color than you are accustomed to. Visit my Living With Color Pinterest Board for inspiration. And if you want to introduce fall colors, check out this House Beautiful article with 12 Fall Color Schemes.
Photo from ApartmentTherapy.com
3. ADD A COOL LIGHT FIXTURE TO ANCHOR THE ROOM:
I am particularly enamored right now with mid-century modern inspired light fixtures, as pictured below. Again mixing styles can be very dramatic. Add a very modern light fixture in a room filled with antiques or an antique chandelier in a contemporary room, or a fancy chandelier above a very rustic table. The contrast can add a lot of interest to the room. Visit my Cool Light Fixtures Pinterest Board for great examples.
Found on HomeAdore.com – Design by San Francisco Based Designer Lizette Marie
4. USE PATTERN TO ADD INTEREST:
You can introduce pattern or prints in many different ways: starting with pillows, throws, curtains, linens, an area rug or new floor or wall tiles in a kitchen or bathroom. You can also experiment with temporary fabric wallpaper on an accent wall: wallpaper is back in style, but I am seeing it used mostly on accent walls or in small rooms such as powder rooms.. I particularly love the Fornasetti wall paper in the photo below and find it adds a lot of depth to this room.
Photo from TheDecorista.com
5. GO DARK:
Go dark and moody. Whether you paint a single wall (as in the home office pictured below,) your fireplace hearth or your kitchen cabinets BLACK, or buy a black couch, or pillows, or linens, you are instantly transforming your home decor and introducing a touch of sophistication and glamour. Channeling this darkness in your home may seem quite intimidating, but start slowly and see how you like it. Visit my Dark Interiors Pinterest Board for inspiration.
If you are thinking of selling your Marin County, CA home, updating your interior decor may be an easy way to add a very stylish edge to your home and increase its value without breaking the bank. Remember however that you may want to stay more neutral to appeal to a wider net of buyers. Let’s strategize on how to best prepare and price your home for maximum returns. If it’s time to buy, let me know so I can give you the inside scoop on each neighborhood that may be right for you.
In any case, thanks for stopping by, I hope my Design Friday posts will inspire you to create an interior that you love, improve the aesthetic quality of your life and increase the value of your home.
About the Author: The above Real Estate information on Marin County Real Estate was provided by Sylvie Zolezzi. I am an award winning, top producing Realtor specializing in luxury residential real estate in beautiful Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.
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