Easy, quick decor spruce-ups

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - CON­NIE OLIVER

SOME­TIMES you’re in the mood to make a change to your decor but not nec­es­sar­ily in the mood for a long-term com­mit­ment to a project. The fol­low­ing easy weekend projects might be just what the dec­o­rat­ing doc­tor or­dered. Paint As you’ll note in our fea­ture pho­to­graph, cour­tesy of Sico Paints, a lit­tle bit of paint can go a long way to up­dat­ing a bland room. You may even have enough left­over paint to cre­ate a lit­tle drama in one room of the home. Paint­ing small splashes of colour does not in­volve a lot of prepa­ra­tion or time so it can of­ten be com­pleted in a day or two. A key colour was pulled out of the bed­ding in our fea­ture bed­room and used to cre­ate fo­cus at the head of the bed and to en­hance a par­tial wall. Sim­ple art­work in co-or­di­nat­ing colours and a sec­ondary ac­cent colour of gold fin­ishes this ca­sual bed­room up­date.

Other rooms that can ben­e­fit from a sim­i­lar paint treat­ment are the bath­room, guest room, kitchen, foyer or rec room. The most ef­fec­tive way to use splashes of colour are on fo­cal points such as the head of the bed, above a fire­place, over a sofa or at the end of a long hall­way. Kids’ rooms can be up­dated with fun geo­met­ric de­signs, large let­ters or sim­ple an­i­mal char­ac­ters.

In the kitchen, con­sider paint­ing a fo­cal colour on the cen­tre panel of re­cessed cab­i­net doors. Or, paint a fo­cal colour on the wall around white cab­i­nets to set them off.

Stair­ways can be dra­mat­i­cally up­dated with colour by paint­ing ei­ther the stair­way wall, the ris­ers of wooden stairs or the ban­nis­ter and spin­dles.

Paint­ing out­dated book­cases, en­ter­tain­ment units and small fur­ni­ture items can give a life to any room. Play with pri­mary colours in a child’s room or nurs­ery to cre­ate a fun en­vi­ron­ment.

Brighten up a dim closet with a fresh, light colour. You may want to en­hance the closet doors if they are flat and plain in ap­pear­ance by treat­ing them with a fresh coat of colour­ful paint.

Paint out mis­matched pic­ture frames to cre­ate a co­he­sive photo dis­play. Then cre­ate a new wall dis­play by hang­ing a group­ing of th­ese pho­tos on a colour­ful painted back­drop in a square or rec­tan­gu­lar shape.

In the bath­room, a dated van­ity, framed mir­ror or stor­age cab­i­net may ben­e­fit from a coat of fresh paint. Use a good primer and paint that is made for use in the bath­room to en­sure a durable fin­ish. Move fur­ni­ture Chang­ing a fur­ni­ture ar­range­ment in any room can give it an in­stant lift. Re­lo­cate pieces to other rooms to truly pro­vide a fresh look. Con­sider plac­ing your bed on an an­gle if space al­lows and place a large house­plant or dec­o­ra­tive screen be­hind the head­board for added drama. Re­work wall dis­plays Once the fur­ni­ture has been re­ar­ranged, you may need to re­or­ga­nize your wall dis­plays. Again, con­sider mov­ing items to other rooms to cre­ate an en­tirely new feel to the space. Lamps and light­ing Up­dat­ing dated light fixtures can make a huge dif­fer­ence in the look and feel of any room. As well, give tired lamps a new lease on life by up­dat­ing the shades or adorn­ing ex­ist­ing shades with ac­cou­ter­ments, paint or fab­ric cov­ers. If the lamp base is paintable, then by all means paint it in a won­der­ful new colour. Fab­ric A bit of fab­ric can go a long way in the decor. Frame it, make new toss cush­ion cov­ers, make new cur­tains and/or ta­ble linens or use it to re­cover a small foot­stool. A quick trip to any thrift store is bound to be fruit­ful when search­ing for great fab­ric rem-

nants. Odds and ends There are so many fun and af­ford­able wall treat­ments on the mar­ket now that can in­stantly change the look of a room. De­cals in any man­ner of de­signs, from the Eif­fel Tower to sports scenes, can eas­ily be af­fixed on the wall to give a room a lit­tle drama. De­cals in­tended for win­dows and mir­rors can also add a lit­tle verve to a room. Larger wall treat­ments such as mu­rals, while more costly, should cer­tainly be con­sid­ered when up­dat­ing your home over a weekend. Wall­pa­per is com­ing back and is also an easy up­date for fea­ture walls.

A few new items that can also make a dif­fer­ence are things such as a new kitchen clock, new spice stor­age con­tain­ers and can­is­ters, new light switch plates, new door hard­ware, new cab­i­net hard­ware, a new mailbox or a new wel­come mat.

Com­plet­ing one or two of th­ese easy projects over a few week­ends can add up to an up­dated, re­freshed decor.

The most ef­fec­tive way to use splashes of colour are on fo­cal points such as the

head of the bed, above.

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