SPICE UP YOUR LIFE
Plain furnishings might be the safe choice when you first start out in a new home, but what if you want to jazz it up down the line?
1. Paint for the gods
It can be nerve-wracking and painful to furnish your very first living space, and this often explains the dull-coloured pieces dominating the first homes of many. It’s time to get rid of that ‘pseudo-minimalist’ mindset and change it up with some colour and luxe!
Pick out the duller pieces – these can range from solid coloured picture frames, plain mirrors, and dull furniture pieces – and start breaking out the paint! Go wild with neon yellow and greens or opt for a more regal affair like dark purples or soft blues. The key is to add colour, enough to picque your visual senses!
You could also try out special paints that allow you to explore the depths of your inner creativity through texture and sheen – Nippon’s Momento special effect paints are a great option. Create unique patterns, emulate a texture, or let your plain furnishings sparkle. Get creative by using tape to map out a series of patterns and paint over to create a unique printed look that adds richness and depth to your furnishing!
2. Bolster and upholster
Upholstery is not forever; however, if there is no zipper or user removable method for your couches or poufs, you can still send it to a shop to get it done professionally. If that sounds like too much of an ordeal, start small by changing up your cushion cases! Try floral and animal prints to give your living space a more tropical look or luxe it up with velvet purple or gold covers!
When you are ready to tackle your larger pieces of furniture, target those with single-coloured upholstery. Consider your furniture – from couches to armchairs, and if they look too muted or boring, imagine them in brighter, louder shades and vibrant patterns. Practice restraint with larger pieces so as to not create too much visual chaos.
3.Trash to Treasures
Instead of opting for mass-marketed options, why not look to upcycling and recycling where your old furnishings are concerned? Throw out that old, rickety bed-frame and replace it with sanded and painted wooden crates! Want a more eccentric-looking bedside table? Why not try to get your hands on some concrete blocks? In the right frame of mind, even an old piece of driftwood can be turned into an interesting table piece or candle holder.
Alternatively, scavenge used goods markets where unique and quirky decorative pieces usually pop up. Don’t worry about the worn-out surfaces; just give it a new coat of paint, or if you are really handy, fix it up yourself! Wooden sculptures and figurines are popular and are relatively easy finds.