If you'd like to start the New Year by transforming your home's interior look, you don't have to empty your wallet.
"Rethinking how to use what you already have, perhaps incorporating just a few new pieces or elements, can dramatically change your home's appearance," said Mary Knight, corporate designer and visual director for Haynes Furniture, in a news release.
Changing furniture placement, mixing instead of matching, and putting standard pieces to creative uses all have impact, she says. Knight oversees showroom concepts and design for Haynes; she holds a degree in fine arts with an interior design major from the University of Tennessee.
Among Knight's suggestions:
- Move a large piece or pieces, such as a couch or two chairs, away from the walls of the living room into the center. Place a console or skirted table behind them. This approach is called “floating.”
- If you have matching end tables, replace one with a table that’s very different in appearance. For example, change out a solid-topped piece for one with glass or a solid-colored table for a piece painted with accent colors.
- Remove the matching chairs on one side of the dining room table and replace them with a long bench. Or move the dining room table up against the wall and place the extra chairs elsewhere. Then use the remaining space for a different purpose; for example, bring a few pieces in from another room to create an intimate seating area.
- Layer several area rugs with the largest on the bottom, to create an eye-catching array of colors and patterns.
- Place a twin set of mattresses in the corner of any room to create a daybed feature; add a lofty comforter and lots of pillows and throws to complete the look.
“Besides saving money, coming up with new ways to use much of what you already have can be a very creative and fun process,” Knight says. “It enables you to really make your furnishings and the look of your home very distinctively your own.