Mixing styles like vintage and modern makes a room feel eclectic and layered, but you need to have a plan. Here are some ways to achieve this layered look without create a mish-mash.
- If you’re redecorating your bedroom but don’t want to buy all new furniture, consider refreshing some vintage pieces. Give your dresser a facelift by painting it to fit your design and adding some new hardware to perk it up.
- To soften the look of a room, paint the trim, doors, walls and ceiling the same light colour. It can help disguise imperfections often found in older homes, like crooked ceilings or off-centre windows. And in the lighter shades, going monochromatic with paint often makes the room feel bigger.
- Don’t forget about your trim. It’s not a sin to paint wood trim — in fact, it’s meant to be painted. Just remember to choose a colour that’s the same, or a few shades lighter than your wall colour, and it can be a shinier finish than the wall paint for the look and durability.
- An area rug can really tie a room together, especially in open concept homes. One of the biggest mistakes people make it is to get a small rug that ends up looking like postage stamp floating in the middle of the room! Make sure you choose one big enough for your space. A good measure is that at the bare minimum, the front legs of each major piece of furniture should be on the area rug.
- Even if you have the best view in the world, your room will feel unfinished without window coverings. Invest in the right drapes or blinds for your room. Keep in mind that drapes should always have a lining to protect the fabric from fading, particularly if they’re silk.
- You may get a lot of natural light in your room during the day (lucky you!) but consider what happens at night. Bring in different sources of light with lamps and task lighting. Don’t forget the dimmers, so you can create the ambiance you’re looking for.
- When it comes time to accessorize, don’t be afraid to go big. A common decorating problem is that people tend to undersize items like tables, lamps, mirrors. Take into consideration the scale of the space you’re working in and size appropriately, looking for items with impact.
- Use your accessories to keep themes like colour running through an area. Hints of black throughout really grounds the design and tells a visual story that guides the eye throughout the space.
- And as the finishing touch, every room needs a little jewellery. Bring some bling to your space with accessories in gold or silver. Non-metallic items will work too, just as long as they have that shimmer.