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Spring Refresh: Budget Friendly Decor Tips For Your Home This Season

As we swap out winter wardrobes in favor of lighter, brighter options for spring and summer, it’s also time to freshen up your home’s decor. Redesigning your existing spaces by bringing in new seasonal accents and decor will give your furnishings a new look and with so many options readily available online and in stores it’s easy to find pieces that match your personal decorating style.

Spring Collage w Border

Rugs and Windows

Swap out rugs and drapes in lighter textures and colors for spring. Natural sisal or jute are a great choice underfoot as are traditional textures in modern geometric patterns including chevron and trellis designs popular this season. Complete a room’s lighter, brighter feel from the floor up with sheer flowing drapes in soft, natural linen on windows.

Repurpose Dated Furniture

Slipcovers are a fun and easy way to experiment with new colors and patterns without investing in a new piece of furniture. Brand name easy fit slipcovers can be found at local home decor stores while more and more online slipcover sources offer custom options. Consider reupohstering a favorite couch or chair. There are wonderful fabrics in all colors, patterns, and textures to update any room.

Accessorize with Pillows

Pillows are one of the easiest most cost effective ways to give a room a whole new look.  Mix and match pillows in the season’s top color and pattern trends such as natural dyed ikat designs, medallions or bright spring florals. Arrange pillows in odd numbered groupings, which are more visually appealing.

Let There Be Light

In recent years, lamps have gotten a makeover. From sparkling crystal and mercury glass to ceramic, clear glass to bold colors, you can find a stylish lamp to add to your home decor. Plain wrought iron lamps with ivory shades can also get a modern makeover with a new shade in one of the seasons top prints and colors.

 

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Is Wallpaper In or Out?

Wallpaper is a top trend but as both an interior decorator and professional home stager I have a varying viewpoint on using it in home décor.  Is it in or out?  I say it’s both.

IN: As an interior decorator I love wallpaper. Interior decorating is focused on creating a space that matches the homeowner’s individual style and vision for their home, making wallpaper an exciting design choice in any room. Added to an accent wall, a beautiful wall covering can offer a stylish décor alternative to paint and creates an eye-catching design feature. Today’s options include modern designs from graphic prints including chevron and ikat patterns, colorful patterns and exquisite botanicals. One of my favorite wallpaper companies is Schumacher. Their design collections offer an array of patterns, colors and textures from hand-woven grass cloths, paper-backed natural linens, silk wovens, embossed vinyls and modern and historical prints to suit any homeowner’s taste and room décor. (Feature Image: Martyn Lawrence Bullard Wallcoverings by Schumacher)

 Schumacher Offers Beautiful Wallcovering Options From Classic Neutrals to Bold Patterns.

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OUT: As a professional home stager, I always recommend removing wallpaper when selling. Wall covering choices in interior decorating are custom picked for a homeowner and very personal; it’s rare a buyer and seller will share the same sense of style for wallpaper. When staging a home to sell quickly and for top dollar, we are neutralizing the property to appeal to a range of buyers. Outdated designs will distract buyers, make a room look smaller and give the home a dated feel. Instead of seeing the room’s features, buyers will be thinking about the time and effort they’ll have to spend or the cost of removing the wallpaper. Hiring a professional who can properly strip and prep the walls and paint a neutral color is a definite cost effective update that will make the home more attractive to buyers.  These following spaces were all transformed into spaces buyers could envision living and demonstrate the importance of neutralizing a space before listing your home.

This bathroom offers tremendous space and storage but buyers would be so distracted by the bold, blue cloud wallpaper they wouldn’t appreciate all the room’s features or envision it as their personal space.

Wallpaper Before After Bathroom copy

The dated wallpaper in this master bedroom makes the room feel smaller and is unappealing for younger buyers.  Replacing the wallpaper with a neutral paint color opens up the space so the room’s size and features, such as beautiful hardwood flooring stand out to buyers.

Wallpaper Before After Master Bedroom

Buyers would be so distracted by the pink wallpaper they wouldn’t even notice the beautiful window seat in this additional bedroom. 

Wallpapaer Before After Small Bedroom copy

 

For more information on PJ & Company Home Styling’s decorating or staging services or to schedule an in-home consultation, please contact Patti Stern at 203-640-3762 or patti@pjstagingdecorating.com.

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