Pause for just a second before you grab a paintbrush or invest a ton of money on statement furniture or artwork if you feel like your space needs a refresh. In order to make a decorative impact, you don’t need to go big or try bolder changes.
Anthony Barzilay Freund, Director of Fine Art and editorial director at 1stdibs affirms: “I’m noticing these days that my eye particularly tends to rest on, and find comfort from, the small objects scattered across my living room’s tabletops, fireplace mantel, and other surfaces.” “I’m noticing these days that my eye particularly tends to rest on, and find comfort from, the small objects scattered across my living room’s tabletops, fireplace mantel, and other surfaces,”
You can use family heirlooms, pre-loved pieces, or unique but small decor items to make a space feel special whether you’re just starting out a room redo project or looking to change up a few things. We’ve made a list of small changes that have a big impact on your home’s design.
Do you love anything “charming, humorous, or infused with color”? 1stdibs‘ Barzilay Freund gives us a recommendation: One easy way to hit those last criteria is with textiles—particularly throw pillows. All you have to do is put a few bright cushions on your sofa or bed, and it’ll feel brand new. Hand-embroidered decorative pillows are a great addition to every house design, especially if you want to add a touch of traditional.
Wallpaper that you can remove when you get bored
Removable wallpaper is a bold choice, what the great advantage is that you can change it once you get bored. Patterned wallpaper packs a huge punch and can be far less messy than a painting even if it’s only on one wall or a ceiling. Eduardo Rodriquez affirms: “Rest assured, the wallpaper will create a statement in any room.” “If you’re on a budget and don’t want to commit to a long-term relationship with wallpaper, there are several removable and super fun options out in the market.”
Try a faux headboard made out of temporary wallpaper or use a few small pieces of paper to update the front of a dresser if you really want to switch it up. Try using a few small pieces of wallpaper to update an old tabletop or dining chair seat.
Different kind of frames for family photos
It is true that we don’t find the time to print photos anymore so we can’t enjoy the photos we took with our loved ones. We shouldn’t underestimate the decorative impact of the frames. Charlotte Lucas affirms: “We used a client’s personal photography to personalize the bookshelves in their family study.” “A few printed photos and frames added a personal and meaningful touch that simply could not have been store-bought!”
You don’t have to have a traditional approach when it comes to frames. You can choose a-black and white photo with a modern frame, or an artsy photo you have taken on your trip. There are digital-first framers like Framebridge that can help you get this done from the comfort of your home.