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Ideas to update your space

November 26, 2010

The West Australian

1. Adele Fudlovski, of Adele Britt Design, suggested jazzing up a bare wall with some a homemade artwork comprised of plain canvas and either wallpaper or a bold splash of paint. You could also try making your own decals by decorating cardboard, laminating and attaching to the wall with Blu-Tack or 3M Command strips, suggested Revamp Colour & Decor’s Kirsty Blane. “Strong and interesting silhouettes are extremely effective,” she said.
2. Rugs can cover a multitude of sins in a rental home, according to interior designer Kim Pearson. “Neutral, inexpensive rugs in jute and sisal work absolutely anywhere and can cover awful carpet, sad floorboards or grubby tiles really effectively,” she said.
3. “ Indoor plants make a home feel more homely and pots and planters are highly transportable,” interior designer Brian Haftka, of Switch Homes for Living, said. Ms Pearson agreed, adding that big planter pots with a hardy species such as agaves or mother-in-law’s tongues, or easy-to-maintain annuals, could also look great in an entranceway.
4. For a feature wall without the paint, event stylist Jane Fordham from Queen of Theme suggested taking or sourcing a landscape picture — a park scene was ideal for those without a garden — and having it blown up and mounted on an extra-large canvas (available from art supply shops). Alternatively, trying hanging a sheer curtain on a wall — very effective behind the bed, she said.
5. Table and floor lamps are ideal for adding personality to a room but for something different try dangling a rope of bud lights from the ceiling to create a quirky lighted corner said Felicia Olsen, from Felicia for Lifestyle-Design. Or try hanging three to six paper lanterns of various sizes in a corner from the ceiling at different heights.
6. A gallery wall housing a collection of framed prints is a great look. “This can be your own photography, pages from magazines, birthday cards, cuttings from wrapping paper and frames from any budget shop,” Ms Olsen said. “The uniting vein would be the colour of the frame or the theme of the collection.” Alternately, try a wall of lightweight, plastic-framed mirrors of different sizes, Ms Fordham said. “Just spray all frames white and then hang close together using 3M hooks.”
7. Use linen in a neutral colour to make some cool, unstructured curtains , suggested Mr Haftka. “Make them oversized in length and width so they can be reused in your next place as the windows will never be the same size. Having them pool on the floor is a great look.” To avoid the need to drill, Ms Blane recommended using a spring-actioned tension rod mounted into the recess of your window.
8. Easy-to-create focal points can liven up your home and can be changed around as often as you like. Ms Olsen suggested a big white platter with long green leaves from the garden, adorned with 10-15 small candles (ideal as a table centrepiece), while a goldfish bowl filled with shells and a big candle and
placed on a dining or entertainment cabinet would provide lovely night-time mood lighting.
9. Dress up a basic corkboard or study pin-up board by covering with a piece of linen fabric and attaching an ornate frame , which could be purchased to fit at a picture framer, Ms Fudlovski suggested.
10. Cluster displays are a simple way to decorate with items you already own, and were a great way to update your space whenever you fancy, Ms Blane said. “Consider themes like the seasons, i.e. dried leaves collected in autumn, or displaying specific-coloured items based on the principles of colour
physiology to reflect your mood,” she said.
‘Cluster displays are a simple way to decorate with items you already own, and were a great way to
update your space whenever you fancy.’

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