NEW AREA RUG
A new area rug can add a new warmth and depth to a space. With a movement towards the raw and natural, we like to suggest jutes and patterned wool area rugs: classy and natural. You do not have to break the bank on area carpets…or be committed to them for decades as there are such great finds to be had.
• Home Sense (we love this place) – You just need to go often and have your dimension
options and paint colours in your hand and you will find the perfect carpet. The downfall is that you may need to do a few trips.
• Wayfair – It’s true that is does not only have cheap product; there are some great finds, but
you need to rely on the reviews and be ready to order more than you need and return
• Urban Barn/Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn – All have some great options that come in
Almost everyone has a big wall that they just don’t know what to do with; a mirror can fill the space with visual interest, texture and play with the light. When you use an oversized mirror, it adds the depth that a flat wall just cannot do. Just make sure to check what the mirror might be reflecting to enhance the space the best.
A large wall, stairwell, or in this scenario from Elle Decor, a corner, is the perfect place to display family photos and other sentimental items. Don’t be afraid to start the collage, just start in the middle and work outwards– and be creative. You can find box sets of frames on websites like Wayfair and Amazon or by making another trip to Homesense or Michaels; when the 1/2 price frame sales are on.
PAINT, PAINT, PAINT!
In one weekend you can completely change the whole feeling of a space just by adding a fresh coat of a paint. Some of our favourite colours come from Benjamin Moore include are Bleeker Beige, Revere Pewter, Fog Mist, Ballet White, Willow, and Iron Mountain.
Textiles are the finishing layers of any space. Custom draperies and pillows can be expensive but the investment is worth it in the end. The right fabrics add warmth, texture and a feeling of completeness. If you do not have the budget to spend on custom draperies, you can always start with stationary panels to flank the windows. Pillows don’t need to match perfectly, if they are within the same colour scheme, you can have fun with mixing and matching patterns and textures.
•Pro tip: The best cushions need to be overstuffed and down filled! You can purchase any cushion cover you want with zippers and order down inserts either online or find at places like Ikea, and make it luxurious just by replacing the insert with a fluffy down-filled version — just make sure the insert is one size larger than the cushion cover.