Fall is here and just as the trees are changing their look, it may be time to add some color to your home. We asked Michelle Polay of Polay Interiors in Elmhurst for some decorating tips. If you would rather leave the decorating to the experts, please contact Michelle by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a room that needs an upgrade, getting started is half the battle. Think about the space and consider how your family uses the room. Look at magazines for ideas, gather your favorite accent pieces and reflect on why you like them. Incorporate their color, style or materials while developing a cohesive theme.
Start with a new coat of paint or wallpaper using your accent color. If you want to keep a favorite piece of furniture, reupholster it for a whole new look while keeping your familiar friend. The current trend is to use warm colors like olive green, rusty orange, Mediterranean blue or deep aubergine. Gray remains the hottest neutral and can be used in paint, tiles, textiles, flooring and even leather.
Base your color choice on the amount of natural light and consider what time of day you will be using the room. In small spaces, don’t be afraid to use dark rich colors if the room has a lot of natural light. Use one large piece of furniture that takes up the entire wall. Fewer pieces of furniture will make the room feel larger. Mirrors and fresh flowers are excellent ways to bring the outside into a room that needs a little something extra. Use the same color on the floor and wall or wallpaper the ceiling to make the room feel larger. In a bigger room, pull the furniture towards the center to make it feel cozier.
Basements can be an excellent source of extra living space, but present unique decorating challenges. Due to limited and small windows, artificial lighting is your best friend. Add can lights, lamps, and chandeliers to brighten the area. Paint the walls with warm inviting tones and decorate with accent pieces using the entire wall from ceiling to floor.
Kitchens are easily updated with a new coat of paint, freshly painted or stained cabinets with new hardware and some fresh new accent pieces on the walls. Add coordinating window treatments and if you are going all out, new counter tops and floors. A quick update and your kitchen will look brand new with a relatively small investment.
Decorating doesn’t need to be overwhelming or expensive. With a little thought, your home can be your family’s haven through the long cold winter.