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I was at a friend’s the other day. In the corner of her entrance and in part of the living room were cramped together some odd pieces of furniture that didn’t look like they were very happy there.
They belonged to her mother, and she wasn’t quite sure what to do with them.
Does she just add it to her own already-odd mix of furniture? Maybe someone in the family will take them. She was actually quite torn about it – there was an emotional attachment, but they didn’t really go with her style or the house.
What should she do?
Now, for me – if something doesn’t make you happy, why sit with it? Let it find a happy home somewhere else. But that can be hard when there are all sorts of emotions and other issues at play.
Before we get totally emotional, here’s what I think. It’s not the end of the world – you can turn it around. That sore point can become an area of marvellous delight in your home.
Every room needs a bit of drama
And sometimes that odd piece of furniture is exactly what is needed to add the spark to perk you up.
Here are the steps to make it happen.
Transform it – change it in a way to give it a fresh look, to make it stand proud again. And I know what you’re thinking – but I can’t, it’s a family heirloom, it’s been cherished and loved for years, how can I just change it? Well, think of it this way – you’re giving it a chance to be loved and cherished again. Much better than hiding it in the basement and resenting the space it takes up.
Just open your mind for a moment and imagine the unthinkable – no sin in that, right?
Imagine painting it in a striking colour. Just look at this darling piece.
What about a dazzling fabric, colourful and bright, or something gutsy like zebra print or glossy vinyl. A contemporary fabric on an old piece can be striking.
Change the hardware. That must be the most cost effective way to change the look add a bit of spunk to any old piece. There are so many options to choose from, glass, and brass, ceramic and leather and metal.
What about a new top? Here you can think of contrast – marble, stone, stainless steel, painted wood. Don’t try to match it.
Add something outrageous in the room . Here you can break the rules a bit to play with scale, contrast and colour, adding an element that makes you want to look again and hover for a while. Something like an oversized pendant light, or glamorous chandelier to hang above your precious piece.
Adding other textures – a comfy sheepskin, large cushions, a colourful throw to compliment and bring your piece to life.
Repeat an element elsewhere in the room, like a colour from a piece of artwork repeated in a scatter cushion, or something as delightfully simple as a flower.
Add another item with a different style for balance.
Give it some solid stability – now it’s time to pull the room together with a solid element that wraps the room and gives it stability. Think of the large areas of the space that are not always prominent, but that forms a backdrop for the space – the ceiling, the floor, that walls. These vast surfaces silently hover in the background, but subconsciously form a crucial part in completing the picture.
Paint the ceiling in a colour other than white. Just see how this painted ceiling swings the room from OK to striking.
Use a strong colour on the walls that wraps the entire room and bring it together.
Add large area rug in a to define the space and bring it together.
In the end, if your odd piece of furniture still doesn’t do anything for you – perhaps it time to let it go.
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So tell me…
Have you found a smart way to make an odd piece of furniture work for your space? Please share your story here or write a comment – we’d love to hear your story.
What are you stuck with that makes your heart heavy? Do tell
Here’s a this simple test: When you walk into the room and see that odd piece, do you:
- Pretend it’s not there and just avoid it
- Try to convince yourself that you actually like it.
- Remind yourself that one day you WILL do something with it
- Sometimes look at it with a smile and feel glad that you have it
If numbers 1 to 3 – do something about it NOW. Every day that it just sits there, is a happy emotion stolen. Imagine the unthinkable.
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If you’ve fallen out of love with your space and want to make it yours again, but do not know where to start, let’s chat.
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