Follow the lead of the pros when it comes to large furniture purchases: Choose a neutral fabric. This lets you to change the less expensive room elements like window treatments, rugs, side tables, throw blankets and pillows for a completely new seasonal look or whenever you're ready for a change.
This dining room mantel is painted in off white and highlighted by the blue gray walls that change color with the light and time of day. A custom made serving table displays a handful of white flowers.
This beautiful walnut and maple dining table doubles as a regulation-sized ping-pong table making it perfect for entertaining before, during and after a meal. Contemporary end chairs add a change to the matching chairs lining the sides of the table. A modern starburst light fixture hangs from the coffered ceiling to add an artistic touch to the room.
To create a cozy yet sophisticated look, don’t just rely on overhead fixtures. Layer lighting throughout the room via table lamps, sconces, and floor lamps. Put a few on dimmers to change up the mood of the room.
When this home changed its layout to an open concept design, a more casual dining area replaced the formal dining room. Now the friendly table handles everything from meals to homework. The rug underneath is wool, colorful and spill resistant. The curtains help absorb noise.
A large window provides a gorgeous view in this transitional dining room. Matching cabinets sit on the side walls warming the space and providing storage. A long window seat is a nice change from traditional dining room seating. Lovely rounded chairs surround the remainder of the dining table.
The white walls and hardwood floor in this hallway are decorated with a contemporary art display. A thin gold table covers a large crystal formation and supports a circular flower vase. Pink, orange, purple and neutral diamond cut-outs in direction changing lines are mounted in glass cases next to a yellow panel with black words and numbers.
No two of the century-old, deep blue ceramic jars in the living room’s built-in shelves are alike; actually, no single jar is fully alike. “They are from the southwest of France near Toulouse, and are part of a larger collection,” owner Stacy Borocz says. “Old European vessels are typically a generational item, so since they traded hands so many times over the years, the tops end up being mixed and matched or refreshed by their various owners.” That spirit carries over to the coffee table and its changing cast of characters. “That is one accent piece I change all the time,” she explains. “I am an avid collector of design books, so I am always sorting new with old based on what I am reading at the time.”
Install a sleek sconce on the side of the bed, instead of cramming a lamp onto a small side table, says Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson, architect and designer with Terracotta Design Build in Atlanta. Sconces may feature swing arms or other ways to change the direction of the light, which helps create a comfortable environment for nighttime reading. A wire basket below a bedside table provides additional, yet stylish, storage.
In addition to being fun and playful, the chalkboard end tables also offer up a chance to change up looks. White chalk was used to mark architectural furniture sketches which bring a more adult-like feel to the family room.
One of the early challenges of this design project for Naomi was to turning the living room into a family destination. Originally a very formal space, it was one of the least used areas of the home. Changing that required adding millwork to enhance the character of the room, complemented with a soothing neutral color palette and a few sophisticated touches of color for fun. Augmenting the leather sectional sofa, velvet side chairs in deep green add a welcome dose of fun to the home’s neutral aesthetic and more seating for the whole family to gather. Artistic touches in the metallic side table and overhead lighting fixture complete the space perfectly.
Making changes to your kitchen’s style can be as easy as setting the table. When choosing table decor, it’s OK to use an assortment of plates and glasses purchased new and picked up at antique sales, as long as they’re in the same color palette. “Choose one color range and use it,” says Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques." “Add flower and fruit displays that have the same color.”
A stylish gray paint adorns the walls of this living room and a custom arched doorway was added, as seen on HGTV Fixer Upper, to lead into the attached dining room. A mounted light fixture in the living room compliments the country chandelier lighting the dining room table. Shiplap walls in the dining room create a change in texture while hardwood flooring ties the spaces together.
This bold bedroom embodies style and grace. The black-and-white contrast is timeless, and the design reminiscent of Hollywood glamor. The white tufted headboard provides a comfortable backdrop for reading in bed, and the modern globe fixture provides light without taking up precious space on the side table. Multi-patterned pillows, which can be changed out seasonally, create a punch of funk in the otherwise-neutral room.
Make a big statement for a relatively small chunk of change with a graphic rug. A rug can also ground your furniture arrangement and give the living room a more finished look. This gray and white graphic rug compliments the dark blue sofa and light blue chaise. A neutral chair and natural wood coffee table create a calm look to finish off this contemporary space.
This transitional living room is centered around a glass coffee table surrounded by a neutral sofa with nailhead trim and coordinating neutral chairs. A neutral rug breaks up the wooden floor and thin black shelves sit flush against the wall holding books and photographs. An accent pillow with a red design adds a small change in color along with a metallic fabric ottoman.
According to Tze, the bedroom, “feels like a cloud,” a fact which played heavily into the couple’s decision to forgo adding art to the brick wall there. Instead, the bedside table stands in as the main artistic canvas, featuring pieces that are changed out regularly in keeping with Tze’s philosophy that “art is not permanent.”