Tus­can trans­for­ma­tion, re­design light­ens heavy decor

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Homespot - Broward East - - LIVING G SPACE - By Kathryn We­ber

Tri­bune Con­tent Agency It­came­with

golden flour­ishes, rich fab­rics, carved dark wood fur­ni­ture and beau­ti­ful iron­work. It was rich and deep, and it echoed the an­cient tra­di­tions of Italy. Tus­can style is beau­ti­ful, tra­di­tional and for­mal, but it’s also heavy and dark un­like to­day’s lighter styles. Adding some stylish changes can bring your Tus­can style some fresh­ness and brighten up your home. De-ac­ces­sorize

Dark ac­ces­sories mark the Tus­can style and can make your home feel weighted and dated. Re­place with light-filled and bright ac­ces­sories to lift the weighty Tus­can look. Edit items like large vases and metal ware, trunks with leather straps, iron and metal at­tach­ments. Search out flo­ral ar­range­ments with feath­ers, dark cov­ered balls and deep-toned roses. These ex­am­ples of heavy Tus­can frill should go in your do­na­tion box.

If you have thick throws and frou-frou pil­lows, pull these aside. Take a quick in­ven­tory of all the gold- or black-colored lamp­shades and re­move these. Re­plac­ing your lamp­shades with white or pale linen-colored ver­sions will in­stantly lighten up your rooms.

Look, too, at the lamps them­selves. Some will be fine with a change of shades, and oth­ers may need to be re­placed. But be­fore toss­ing those lamps out, do a quick on­line search on lamp makeovers. With some spray paint and a lit­tle in­genu- ity, you may be able to give your lamps an in­ex­pen­sive up­date that com­pletely changes their look and feel. Color

One of the col­ors most fre­quently seen in Tus­canstyle homes is gold. The color can range from a pale yel­low to deep ochre. Paired with wood trim, the ef­fect is rem­i­nis­cent of an old cas­tle. Re­paint­ing your walls and trim in a clean, bright ivory or white will give your house a fast facelift that re­freshes and bright­ens your whole home. If it’s in your bud­get, re­paint­ing wood-toned kitchen cab­i­nets also will give your kitchen a more cur­rent look.

Re­plac­ing car­pets is ex­pen­sive, but con­sider adding a light-colored rug to help lift the color on dark floors. Swap out dark-colored rugs with lighter op­tions.

More sim­ple changes that can make a world of dif­fer­ence in light­en­ing up your decor is to re­place bed­ding and re­mov­ing heavy cur­tains. Opt for light­weight sheers or light-colored pan­els to lift the color in your room and make it grow larger vis­ually. Add in new throw pil­lows with sim­ple de­signs.

Look around, too, for fur­ni­ture that can be painted. Re­paint­ing fur­ni­ture with an ivory or white chalk paint fin­ish in­stantly will re­vi­tal­ize your room and give you a new-look­ing piece in­ex­pen­sively.

Lighten up heavy black iron or bronze light­ing fix­tures with lighter op­tions, like the new bur­nished gold fin­ish. It’s a nice de­par­ture from the heavy bronze feel but still has warmth com­bined with a fresh new look.

If re­plac­ing light fix­tures is out of your skill set, look at re­plac­ing am­ber-colored glass shades with white ones to eas­ily brighten rooms and bath­rooms. Handy home­own­ers can take down old fix­tures and com­pletely re­make them with a shot of spray paint, chang­ing those old dark fix­tures into new-look­ing lighter op­tions.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Kathryn We­ber through her web­site, RedLo­tusLet­ter.com.

© 2016 Kathryn We­ber. Dis­trib­uted by Tri­bune Con­tent Agency, LLC.

Re­plac­ing darker lamp­shades with white ver­sions will in­stantly lighten up your room.

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