January 2016, By Nicole Langelier
Fancy a new look but don’t have the dough to buy all new furniture? Don’t worry you are not alone – and you are not stuck either!
Moving, as I did last week, can really give you a new perspective on your furniture, art and objects as you will find yourself in new space with a completely different layout, forcing you to look at your things in a new light. However, you don’t have to move to see your home and possessions in a new light – and sometimes looking at your things and your environment differently is all the inspiration you need to get your creative juices flowing towards a newly inspired home.
We all do it – we live with things the way they are for so long that we get stuck seeing them one way and one way only. As I am really hand’s on, I will often move a client’s furniture around when meeting them for the first time. Their eyes light up and they are amazed at how a simple shift – sometimes it’s simply the placement in the room or just the angle of a piece of furniture, that can really transform a space – often in 30 seconds or less – and a world of possibilities present themselves.
It’s all about looking at things with fresh eyes combined with a little trial and error. You may find it difficult to suddenly walk into your living room after living with the furniture layout for so long and to suddenly see ‘the light’ and have a creative epiphany. If you are having difficulty seeing the possibilities then just start shifting things around. Take down all your art and strip the beds and sofas of scatter cushions and throws and have a play. This is a NO cost makeover with zero risk – what could be better? If it’s a total dud you can put it all back the way you had it, but I can promise you that even if you do put it back where it was it will not feel the same. A simple shift can free up old blockages and get the energy flowing again.
So, if you’re feeling like its time for a change here are a few design tips to make sure your revised interior is better than the original:
I would love to see your before and after’s! If you are in the sharing mood then flick them my way. I will be sure to respond with my 2 cents. Now go forth and get styling people – and don’t forget to have fun! xx