A friend once asked me why I always spend my weekends redecorating my furniture. “I’m allergic to ugliness,” was my answer. But, actually, I’m also allergic to monotony. What looked like stunning interior decorating two summers ago eventually starts to resemble an issue of Architectural Digest I’ve flipped through too many times. Trying to combine beauty with change, without breaking the bank, I came up with the idea of interior decorating my home with furniture makeovers. Here’s how you can do it too.
Furniture Color Makeover
Furniture is a little like kids. Once you bring it home, it never leaves. But that doesn’t mean you can’t refurbish furniture for a brand new interior design. When putting together a new home decorating plan, think about all the furniture pieces you have but ignore their color and texture. Arrange the furniture in the room you wish to decorate and see if the sizes and styles fit well together. If so, use paint to bring harmony to your mismatched items by first priming them with a water-based primer, then painting with the color of your choice. I recommend checking out the spray paint aisle at your home improvement store. Look at the hammered finishes or the crackled vintage-style finishes. You can even turn ugly garage sale finds into beautiful interior decorating pieces that match your decor perfectly.
Furniture Fabric Makeover
To redecorate sofas, arm chairs and wing chairs I highly recommend giving slipcovers a try. They won’t look like your great aunt’s plastic furniture covers, I promise (just check out my living room slipcover makeover). Selecting a country interior decorating style for my open floor plan, I assembled furniture pieces from several old sets. The size and design was right, but all the fabrics were worn and mismatched. Slipcovers allowed me to turn this eclectic mess into a stunning living room and dining room. The whole interior decorating project cost less than a single chair. When it comes time for the next furniture mayhem in my home, the slipcovers can come off and make way for new ones.
Furniture Placement Makeover
Imagine that you could look at yourself in the mirror and rearrange your features until everything fit perfectly together. That’s what furniture placement is all about: making your existing decor interact in a way that makes everything look better. Typically, we tend to put furniture up against the walls. Instead, put a rung in the middle of the room and arrange your furniture over it, leaving open space all around it. This will create the illusion that your room is bigger, while your furniture will seem more cohesive with the rug enclosing the visual space.
Furniture Arrangement Makeover
Furniture arrangement is even more exciting. Like a kid playing with building blocks, you can move your furniture pieces around and change the way they interact. Place two arm chairs opposite your sofa with one ottoman between them for a coffee table. Shift the armchairs to a diagonal angle. Change everything completely and place the sofa on the other side of the room, with one armchair beside it and the other at an angle near the opposite corner of the room. In short, pull your sleeves up and start moving furniture around until you find that perfect new combination that gives your interior decorating a fresh, cozy feel.
Furniture Focus Makeover
This is my absolute favorite interior decorating tool. It’s all about the focus point in a room. You can choose the fireplace, a window, a banister, French doors. In fact, most rooms have at least two focus points (the window and the door) and it’s up to you to choose between them. I like to face my furniture toward the fireplace in winter (especially for the holiday season). Then, for summer, I change my decorating to focus on the French doors facing my blooming backyard. Finally, in the late fall, I face my furniture toward the changing foliage in my front yard.
Entryway Furniture Makeover
Just for fun, I recently made my piano the focus point of the living room entrance, and suddenly a new interior decorating idea occurred to me. What we see when we enter a room completely changes how we perceive it. I positioned the piano with its back to the wide banister of the stairway leading up to the living room. I then draped an exotic shawl over it, and now when I climb up into the room, the gorgeous piano captivates my attention.
For more of my interior decorating ideas through furniture makeovers, visit my article on using paint to bring harmony to your home-decorating, or my in-depth furniture placement ideas for a no cost living room remodel. And for a rainbow of ideas, visit my collection of 15 home-decorating styles to spark your imagination.