Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Easy, Budget Friendly Home Decor Updates (Part 3 of 3)

Today I am bringing you the third and final installment of my list of inexpensive updates you can make to your home to make it more of a place you can stand social distancing in.  The good news is that once we are back to normal again (whatever that may mean) these changes will still be making you happy when you are spending time in your home.  Just hopefully less time.  :)  If you missed parts 1 and 2, you can find them here and here.

Change Your Throw Pillows

The stereotype is totally true.  Design professionals love pillows.  We do.  Pillows are awesome.  They can add so much personality to a space so quickly, and can be switched out just as easily.  Generally when planning pillows for a living room sofa situation we combine different sizes (I usually opt for a 22" square with a 20" layered in front of it) and sometimes different shapes (for a large sofa I will use a lumbar in the center of the sofa, and usually a lumbar in a chair).  For clients, we pretty much always have custom pillows made, but, if you are looking for a more budget friendly option, Etsy, again, is a great resource for pillows made with designer fabrics at a reasonable price.  Ideally I like to have the face and the back of the pillow in the same fabric.  It is a bit more $, but it's a finish detail I really like.  A decorative trim is a detail that will finish off a pillow and make it look more professional, but if you opt to not do that, at least go for self piping at the edges.  Feather/down inserts will be your best bet when ordering inserts online.  We also use down alternative sometimes, but the ones we use are custom made, and there is a HUGE variation in the quality of the loft of down alternative inserts, so I would hesitate to recommend any that are online.  Pro tip:  Use an insert that is the next size up when filling your pillow cover.  For example if your cover is a 22", use a 24" pillow form.

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Update Your Kitchen Rug

This one is pretty self-explanatory.  Ditch that rubber backed cotton kitchen mat and bring in something with some style.  Don't be afraid of using a rug in a kitchen space.  Wool rugs are super durable and cleanable (not in the washing machine, though) and flat woven mats are easily vacuumed.

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Add Texture

Bring in texture to your space.  Just about any style of decor can have an element of texture introduced.  A natural texture will warm things up and add interest without committing to color.  There are so many ways you can bring it in, check out some ideas below.

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