Design tip from Julianna Hodnick
A Touch of Tradition
7313 Carroll Road, Suite D
Julie Hodnick is on the design team for A Touch of Tradition Home & Garden Shop, a full-service design studio, and furnishings, lighting and accessory shop. From exclusive fabrics and window coverings to ready-made and custom furnishings, lighting and accessories, TOT-HOME offers stylish interiors with enduring appeal for every style of decor.
Need an update for your home? Here are some quick tips to change the appearance or mood of your space without a large expense and, in most cases, with just a few hours of work.
Create a new look by moving furniture in the room to new positions or repurposing pieces from one room to use in another. Try “floating” a larger piece by moving it away from the wall. Angled pieces work nicely to create the illusion of more space. Moving a large piece to a different wall can change a room's character. A bedroom dresser can become an entry table and a living room occasional table may become a bedroom nightstand.
Define your space
One of the fastest ways to change your interior is with an area rug. Flooring is a large space and covering one section can change the color and the perception of that space. Try covering your outdoor spaces, too — warm them up for early evening dinners with a rug that is rated for outdoor use.
Bring in color
Pillows in contrasting colors with texture and pattern will create a new feel. Use them on the sofa, beds and larger chairs. A more permanent color enhancement is paint. Try creating one accent wall. Add a decorative effect for drama. Stripes are a great accent (although they do require patience).
Cooler weather often brings drafts. If you have shades or blinds, add a curtain panel. The fabric adds a whole new look and as a bonus, helps stop the drafts. Drape a dresser with fabric runners ... even throws. Use a runner or tablecloth on the main table for a seasonal change.
Swap out accessories
Change the theme of your decor. Instead of traditional vases and candles, try statuary. In lieu of ceramic or porcelain, experiment with glass. Change the color scheme of accessories and use large — but fewer — pieces to create an impact.