Thursday, October 18, 2012

Simple Ways to Update Any Room (Part 6)

We are back to part six of the the "Simple Ways to Update any Room" series, inspired by House Beautiful. If you've missed any of the previous posts, check them out (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5).


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  • Create your own lantern: Fill a bamboo or wood birdcage with LED pillar candles of different heights.
These are all so beautiful and easy to implement. Birdcages are not too hard to find at thrift and antique stores and they make such a great statement centerpiece.
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  • If your kitchen is cramped, remove your upper cabinets and install open shelving. Just as much storage space, but without the bulk.
Ahh, one day... My 80s laminate cabinets are (unfortunately) not going anywhere anytime soon, but in the kitchen of my dreams, there will definitely be open shelving. It's great for opening up the room and adds so much convenience, not to mention a perfect way to display some of your lovelies. If demo isn't in your future, consider just removing the doors of some of your cabinets.
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  • Make a slipcover for your headboard, even if it's wood. Ever consider shocking pink?
There are so many ways to DIY a headboard and so many ways to make yours unique. From old doors to upholstered headboards, and anything in between. One quick search on pinterest can give so many ideas. The great thing with making a slipcover is that you can change it every season or just whenever it strikes your fancy! Shocking pink may not be your cup of tea, but in a neutral room, it would definitely be a great focal point.
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  • Paint the ceiling of a white room a pale, pale blue or gray. It will feel as if there's no ceiling at all.
These rooms are all gorgeous for so many reasons, but ultimately it reminds us to not ignore the "fifth wall" of a room because painting it can make a big impact.
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  • If you have a room with a low ceiling, put up striped wallpaper or curtains — it will feel a foot taller.
This is an optical illusion that really works wonders. As we all know that horizontal stripes on clothes can make us look fatter, vertical stripes in a room, make the ceilings feel higher.
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Which of these ideas have you added or do you plan to add to any room in your home?


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1 comment:

  1. Lovely, sometimes it's the small changes that pull everything together. Or take us on a whole new direction which is part of the fun :)

    xoxo, Tanya

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