Five minute decorating fixes for your home


This solid bronze Bunny knob from Martin Pierce custom hardware is the perfect designer detail for a french country styled room

This solid bronze Bunny knob from Martin Pierce custom hardware is the perfect designer detail for a french country styled room

Summer is coming to a very fast end and crisp fall days are straight ahead.  That has many of us tiring of our summer decor and longing for something that will spruce the place up a bit.  But maybe your bank account does not agree or you are just wanting to make some easy and quick fixes to usher in the new season.  Admittedly, these may take a tad bit longer than five minutes but are, nevertheless, very easy to accomplish.

  • Few things could be easier than buying a new lampshade.  This often over-looked design staple can become discolored and tired looking with age so replace that boring beige with a chic black shade for an air of sophistication.  Or add some texture to a neutral space with a shade made of burlap or, even easier, glue some trim to an existing shade for a spot of color and dimension.  Replacing a solid fabric shade with a patterned one will also instantly update the room.
  • New hardware will bring that old dining room buffet or bedroom chest into the new millennium.  You can opt for something in the same finish or step out of your box and replace rubbed bronze, for example, with warm brass (yes, brass is back) or add a bit of glam with a set of sparkly knobs on the bedroom nightstands.  Whimsical shapes always add a hint of personality so try a fork and spoon shaped pull on the pantry doors or knobs in the shape of wine glasses on the built-in bar.
  • While it will take a tad bit longer than 5 minutes, a quick coat of paint to create an accent wall is a great way to introduce a new color to your decor.  Choose a wall that already has a focal point such as a fireplace or windows that surround a beautiful view to avoid having competing focal points in the room.
  • Don’t overlook the importance of curb appeal.  A fresh new doormat, updated house numbers or a gleaming brass door knocker creates a welcoming entry and will not break the bank.
  • Let nature take its course by adding some live plants to your interior spaces.  A large floor plant will fill an empty corner and bring life to a room.  If your thumb is more brown than green, consider using easy-to-care-for succulents.  Tuck a few into your bookcase or atop a stack of books on the coffee table.  Remember to take them out of the little plastic pot they come in and place them in a shiny brass or pretty pottery planter.  (try saying that three times fast)!

What home decor quick fixes do you use to update your decor or welcome in a new season?

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