March 24

10 Design Ideas

Posted by lori . 8 Comments


Last year, in April and May, I did a “Spring Spruce-up.”  I’m starting early this year because our temperatures have been so warm, I’m already getting Spring Fever. 

I love those idea lists in magazines because they help me focus on an area.  Here are 10 design ideas from a flyer I received from Better Homes and Gardens:

1.  Rearrange Your Furniture

Start with the biggest piece and turn toward a focal point, such as a fireplace or window.  Or angle a sofa, chair or bed that’s currently hugging a wall.  If you don’t like how it turns out, try it again!

I’ve been thinking about trying a new arrangement for my living room.

2.  Paint Your Front Door

A warm color at the entrance of your home makes it seem more welcoming.  Just pick a fun color, get a quart of exterior paint…you can transform your home in an afternoon!

What I really want is a new front door, but I might just have to settle for repainting what I have.

3.  Ungroup Matched Sets

Identical end tables, nightstands and lamps can make your home feel like a furniture store.  Swap out one of the pair  with something in another room.

I can skip this one…nothing in my house matches.  I’m naturally ungrouped and mismatched.

4.  Add a Folding Screen

Not only does a screen add visual interest, it also helps define open rooms and hide excess clutter.

I can’t think where I’d add a screen…so I’ll be skipping this one too.

5.  Dress Up Your Drawers

Replace ho-hum cabinet pulls with colorful artsy knobs that coordinate with the rest of your room’s decor.

This really intrigues me.  I can think of a few pieces of furniture that would benefit from this.

6.  Warm Up Your Walls

Give your white walls an instant glow with a coat of neutral beige paint.  It won’t overwhelm you with color or compete with brightly colored furnishings.

I must be very smart because I already did this when we had the family room and kitchen painted in October.

7.  Rethink Your Accessories

Create a whole new look – with home decor you already have!  Just gather your accessories in a room, then try items in new spaces.

This is a good idea…easy and inexpensive.  I’ll do it.

8.  Use a Big Basket

It’s perfect for collecting shoes and magazines…plus, if you love it, you can keep it out in the open for the world to see.

Yes!  I’m doing this too.  I need one for shoes…they’re all over the house!

9.  Get a Big Look From Small Pieces

Gather different sizes and shapes of paintings, plates, and mirrors to make a collage perfect for hanging above your sofa.

Hmmm.  I might try this on a small wall in my living room.  I need to think about this.

10.  Fall For Pricey Fabric – Guilt-Free

Just pick up a yard – it’s all you need to whip up pillows or a tablerunner that’s guaranteed to make a bold splash in any room!

This is a good idea.  I always admire the home decor fabrics in the fabric stores.  I could use a bright new tablerunner for a chest in my living room.

What are your ideas?  Do you have any plans for a Spring Spruce Up?

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8 Responses to " 10 Design Ideas"

  • Patty says:

    I purchased cute curtains for my kitchen. It was not easy to find something because the previous owner painted the kitchen purple and green. Also, the window is quite small. I found the perfect pair at Good Will for $4.00! I love how they give the room a whole new look.

  • Unfortunately, I’m heading into autumn 😉 we DO need a front door though. The glass in ours cracked (years ago) when the wind slammed it shut. I love dark walls. The very first house we had was all white…everything. From walls to cabinets, rugs, faucets, lamps.. I don’t know what I was thinking!

  • fern reed says:

    Oh I wish you could come here with a barrel of money and fix up our old old paint peeling place. This house has keep us warm and dry and cool in the summer for 39 years and it has had so little help!!! Poor baby– it’s not fair but it can’t be helped!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    So happy for you!!!

  • houndstooth says:

    I had a god giggle about “dressing up your drawers.” Ahem, but I do think it’s a great idea! It’s actually something I’ve wanted to do with the drawers in the kitchen since we bought the house, and I still haven’t gotten around to it.

    I have been wanting a new front door forever, too! Ours is made of wood, I wonder what hubby would say if he came home and found it painted…

    I’ve been wanting to make a few neat throw pillows. We’ll see if I get that accomplished this break!

  • Bailey says:

    I think it’s FUN to rearrange furniture — it gives me a new way to run around the house! Teehee! 😉

    Woofs & hugs, <3

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

  • We’re renting right now, and not being able to paint has been driving mom mad! She loves all the other ideas though
    Dachshund Nola

  • Kat says:

    Totally “stealing” your quote!

  • mel says:

    I too have spring fever and spring clenaing and decorating is on my weekend docket. Some of my fave spring spruces:
    add a piece of wicker furniture to the room
    change bedcover to a lighter pattern or fabric
    white pottery
    new pillows of course- these get changed each season
    new potted plants
    different area rugs

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