When we think about starting over on a room for a fresh new look, we tend to think it ALL has to be new. That's simply not the case! Mixing the old with the new creates a room that appears "pulled together", yet still has a bit of the "collected" look (meaning, not everything matches perfectly, and the room appears to have been put together over time).
Today, I'd love to re-visit a space I decorated a few years ago. My style has evolved in some ways (which you will notice), but overall the concepts I use to refresh a room have, and always will.....remain THE SAME!
What are the concepts? Using what you've already got, throwing in some "old" refurbished furniture and decor, and adding a bit of something NEW.
Let's get to it......
This was a "double" space; meaning, there were actually two adjoining rooms that received this make-over. First, a color scheme was chosen:
Then, the shopping began. Certain items, like pillow covers, were purchased new for this space. Pillows are one item that I typically do not purchase second-hand (unless they're still in the package, or still have tags on them!)....
Above you see colored canvases. Old canvas pictures are plentiful at thrift shops. Find a collection of them, and cover them with fabric. I used bold colors to accent a wall.
And of course....no room would be complete without a globe. I am obsessed with them! They add color, and whimsy to a home.
Here's a look at one of the rooms BEFORE the "refresh":
I had a blank slate to work with. After selecting color scheme, the next step was to collect all the necessary accessories and decor
The black table, "bike" figurine, rocking chair, bins under the black table, and large picture on the wall belonged to the home-owner already. Move them around, pull them out of hiding, and together they work.
New items for this room? The geometric rug, and the throw pillow! THAT'S IT.
Used items? Oh there are plenty.....
Old artwork was revitalized with design....and paint. Lots of paint!
Okay. Time to move on to the adjoining room..... BEFORE:
Now, with walls adorned in colorful accessories, and additional seating, the room appears more balanced. Curtain panels were hung on each side of the opening between the rooms, for warmth and subtle division of the spaces.
Thrifted Success Story
Today's post illustrates the effect of pulling together the "old" and the new (but mostly old!) to re-create a space into one that inspires. Knowing where to look, how to find the right pieces, and what to do with them is the key. If you have the time and desire for the "hunt", that's great. I hope you use some of these ideas! If not, I'm rooting for you, and I'm here to help!
Do you have old items that could potentially be used in your "new" space? Not sure where to begin, or how to finish that room? Contact me for you FREE consult!
What are you waiting for?