Adding Color to your Home

Is it too early to say I’m ready for fall? I could live in a constant 75 degrees, and it’s been sweltering here in Virginia. Like sweating just walking to the car…THAT hot. I think I just like change, which is why I look forward to new seasons. I also try to do small updates in my home whenever there’s a change of season. Here are a few quick ideas if your decor is lacking color and you’re up for a little update as well.

1. Accents, accents, accents. Jazz up a neutral space with colorful accents such as vases, paintings, or other colorful decorative accents. It’s an quick update and they’re easy to change out if you want to put together a new color scheme.

2. Fabrics. Add colorful fabrics to your room with pillows, curtains or blankets. Here are some of my favorites.

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3. Let nature do the work. Bring in greenery or fresh flowers to add an easy punch of color to your space.

4. Area Rugs. Define a space and add color at the same time. Area rugs are easy to switch out if they get dirty, outdated or you want to change your scheme. Here are a few of go to rug sources. Also, read about layering area rugs here.

5. Mirror mirror on the wall. You’ve heard of mirrors making rooms look larger, but they also reflect OTHER colors in the room which gives the illusion of even more color!

6. Shelving. Have a regular old bookcase? Paint or wallpaper the back of the bookcase to add interest!

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7. Show off your dishes. Bring your colorful dishes out to display through glass cabinets or shelving.

8.  Determine your color scheme in advance. Decide which colors you’d like to bring into the space. Pick out paint swatches, flooring, fabrics, and furniture prior to purchasing. Combine pictures and samples together to see how it will look before bringing it into the space.

9.  Wallpaper.  The old school wallpaper has a bad reputation but the newer kinds allow for a much easier removal, so it’s not a forever commitment. It’s a great way to bring in patterns and interest to a room.

10. Tile accents. Add tile accents to wainscoting or shower in the bathroom or update a back splash with colorful mosaics.

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11. Paint. We all know it’s a simple way to add color to your room. Why not try some of these neat ideas. Also, here are a few tips on choosing paint colors.

12. Metal Accents. When shopping for new furniture, look for furniture with metal accents which add interest without adding a new color to your scheme.

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Twins Nursery Updates

Remember back when I found out I was pregnant with twins and was all excited about decorating their nursery, actually renovated our house and then I was put on bedrest? Well, thanks to my amazing mom, aunt, mother in law and Charlie, we were able to bring our girls home to a beautiful room fit for the twincesses that they are.

While I’ll never call a room “done” I definitely didn’t get to do all the things I wanted in this room before they came. I wanted to put my stamp on it, put personalized decor up, including their names. I know this room will constantly change to suit their needs, but I love that it really feels like their room now.

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I made this wreath from my grandmother’s fabric, who we lost earlier this year. She never got to actually meet the girls, but having this in their room (as well as many pjs handmade by her) is extra special. Some of the fabric is also my aunt’s as well as some left over curtain fabric to tie it into the room. I also sprinkled in some lace left over from my wedding veil that my mom made (which is also sewn to the top of the curtains). Lots of specialness in this wreath!

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I was able to make the mobiles when I was on bedrest, and they really love looking at them and reaching for them. We’ve recently lowered their cribs. 😉 We also got mesh bumpers to keep little arms and legs from getting stuck in the crib.

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I made pennant banners, with the help of my mother in law, with their names on it. It’s hard to see from pictures but there’s actually a little gold woven into the burlap. I also had their feet stamped in the hospital nursery to frame.

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I found this wire basket at World Market to hold some of their books. I’d like to add another one eventually, throw down some comfy pillows and blankets, and make this little area their reading nook.

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We got a new rug after learning that anything shag and babies don’t do very well together. The previous rug was in another room so it wasn’t a big deal to replace. This one is lower profile and still neutral. We also got bedskirts to hide the million things I have stored under their cribs!

I’ve talked about these curtain liners on the blog before, but haven’t shown an actual picture of them hung in their room.

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We hung them behind the curtains to pull closed when the girls go to sleep, and they can be easily pulled back and hidden behind the curtains when they wake up. When I first hung them up, the curtains weren’t full enough to hide the liners so my mom altered the curtains, which also meant lowering them a bit but it works!

And of course what would this room be without its adorable occupants?

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Quick Home Refresh Ideas

It’s that time of year, after all of the Christmas decorations are put away and springtime is teasing us (hello random 70 degree weather in early February!) It puts me in the mood to update my home decor…pack up all the heavy, dark, wintery items and freshen up everything. Here are some quick and easy updates you can do in one weekend (like this weekend, which happens to be a long one for some!)

1. Accessorize.

Add some color and texture with accessories. Even small additions (or swaps) like picture frames, vases, figurines, etc can give a sense of “newness” in your home. Check out thrift stores, yard sales or places like Homegoods, World Market and Pier 1 for unique items. I wrote a post here on ideas and what to look for. You can also shop your own house! Switch items from room to room or spray paint them for a new look.

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2. New Fabrics.

Try brighter or lighter drapes to allow more light in or switch out pillows with heavy fabric to lighter or brighter ones. Also take a look at your bedding. A new duvet or quilt might be just the update you need.

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3. Refresh Furniture.

Have an old piece of furniture that’s an eye sore? Consider painting it or seeing if it would be better in another room of your home. Changing hardware on furniture is a super easy update as well; all you need is a screwdriver and new hardware.

4. Add Mirrors.

Mirrors are great in any room. They reflect light making a room brighter, they also can make a room appear larger. Thrift shops and yard sales are great sources for large mirrors. Remember you can always update the frames with a little can of spray paint!

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5. Style Your Kitchen.

Kitchens are often forgotten about when decorating. Hang some art on the walls, arrange a colorful fruit bowl, and bring out pretty dishes to display. If you have an eat in kitchen or dining room, change your table linens or seat cushions for an inexpensive update.

6. Bring Nature In.

This is a super easy way to decorate for the seasons. Add a vase of pretty flowers or a plant to any room and it immediately feels more welcoming and fresh.

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7. Don’t Forget Smells.

Sometimes all you need is a new candle to make your home feel new and refreshed!

 

What are some tips you’d add to this list?