How to Maneuver a Complete Style Overhaul in Your Home
Reinventing your home doesn’t require a major addition or renovation project. Sometimes all it takes is overhauling your home’s style. This includes everything from furniture to décor to the handles on your faucets. Maybe it’s time to get rid of that cheap furniture you’ve had since college. Or maybe you just want a change. Either way, give your house a facelift and save thousands by avoiding an expensive remodeling project. Here are some tips to get started on the home style overhaul.
When looking for new furniture pieces, it’s best to start big and gradually work into the finer details. That means looking at the furniture you use most often—probably your sofa, dining table set, and bed. Once you’ve replaced these cornerstone pieces, you can address the other furnishings that make up each room: coffee tables, ottomans, side tables, bookshelves, and armchairs.
You can save money by purchasing furniture from wholesalers. Brand-name retailers markup furniture almost 50%, so you end up paying one and a half times as much. Cut out the middle man and you can find some great pieces at a fraction of the cost. If this still isn’t your style, and you’re crafty enough, refurbishing old staples can be an excellent option.
After the furnishing is taken care of, you can get into the nitty-gritty of decorating. This is your opportunity to add your signature touch with rugs, lamps, bedspreads, pillows, art, plants, and other decorative favorites. This step-by-step approach will help you to stay on budget and organized. Tackling everything at once can be overwhelming, and you want to have enough to spend on the major furniture pieces. You can always find good deals on décor at antique stores, art fairs, and flea markets later.
Choose a Design Style
Design trends are always changing, but there are a number of signature styles that can guide your furnishing decisions. Explore different styles and choose a favorite to create a cohesive look. Some popular styles include:
Modern Rustic: Look to the past for inspiration. This style relies on reclaimed wood, tarnished metals, aged surfaces, exposed brick, and natural textures like wool, burlap, linen, and sheepskin. Have fun rooting around at antique stores and garage sales to find cool vintage items that can be repurposed. This style is often integrated with industrial items—salvaged metal pieces, edgy lighting fixtures, and abstract art.
Traditional: A look that never goes out of style, think balance and symmetry. Muted, warm colors and classic fabric patterns—florals, stripes, and plaids. Cushy rugs and comfy couches with tasseled pillows. Match your pieces to create that feeling of elegant symmetry.
Coastal: The classic beach house style. Think light and breezy with whitewashed walls, light fabrics, and minimal clutter. You can get creative with weathered wood, seashells, and nautical themes. Coastal is a great style if your home gets a lot of natural light.
Contemporary: If you like to be up on current trends, this fluid style is your best bet. Contemporary design is all about clean lines and geometric forms, with an emphasis on open space and avoiding clutter. Go for neutral shades with pops of bold color. Furniture should be sleek with straight lines and clean surfaces. Abstract art and sculptures are right at home in this style.
Use this overhaul as an opportunity to create the living space you want. Find cool signature pieces and create an atmosphere that makes you feel at home.